“Believe in yourself, invest in your dreams with a team to back you, and never ever give up! You never know where your dreams will take you. Hard work never goes unnoticed, so if you keep working and obtaining greater things, slowly but surly, you will be exactly where you want to be or even better…”

Check out the interview with Ashton Marton exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Ashton: As a kid growing up, I’ve always loved music, especially Hip Hop/R&B. At the age of 6 or 7 I really got inspiration by artists such as Tupac, Biggie, Dr. Dre, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Common, and my all time idol Jay Z; old school artists like that really get me into my creative zone and motivate me to be more original by being myself, because in my opinion that’s what made these artists, as well as many more, to being as legendary as they are today. Now that I’m 21, reflecting on artists like themselves arriving from my early days still pushes me to be the best that I can be in my field as an artist/songwriter/co.producer. To this day, it sill motivates me to venture out and give great shows here in Chicago, put out great material music, and learning different ways to attract and hopefully aspire people or fans that follow behind me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Well, to this day, I have about 15K followers all over my social media from twitter, instagram, facebook, ect. Everyday I have people that message me and tell me how much they love and appreciate my music. Its truly a beautiful feeling to experience. Therefore, to share the love in return, I love to message them back to show them that their love is appreciated in so many ways by sending them direct links to new music, setting up new shows, shouting them out as often as I can, going out into the streets to sell my music personally to people who have and have not herd of me, and of course tweeting to blogs ect. The bottom line is that I’m always active when it comes to my promoting my music myself. Recently, my new single “I Be Doing Me” has been doing numbers! It has close to 30,000 plays since its been released, and slowly but surely, people began tweeting and posting selfies with the hashtag “#IBDM” to spread a movement that has been successful thus far. Now I’m about to venture in exploiting T-Shirts with #IBDM to help with more exposure and gain more support towards my music and my EP “No Warning” dropping on October 4th as well. I’ve got my hands full!!

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Currently, my greatest challenge is breaking through to that mainstream level within the entertainment industry. However, I understand that it takes time. You got to walk through the rain and mud before you see the sunshine. Also, another part of breaking through the entertainment industry is by breaking through with people you want to trust. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great respectable team of people that support me, although, coming up in this game, you will face a lot of untrustworthy people that will say one thing, but do the complete opposite. The best way I over come that is by paying attention to what people do, and to not get discouraged by doing what I love to do best. Music.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Well, I’m from a south/west suburb outside Chicago known as Bolingbrook. Growing up there, apart of a new and younger generation, of course you have a lot of kids to urban teens who listen to and try to make a lot of hip hop music, and let me tell you there were so many of them during my high school days! Some at which even inspired me to keep going to this very day, I loved the support I’ve received back at home and from friends and relatives I have on the southside of the city too. That’s my second home.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I know there are people still out there that are saying hip hop/r&b music is losing its way. However, I don’t think it is in some cases, because in my opinion, today’s music is blending many different cultures together; cultures that some people in the world and industry are still just discovering now. Do some songs sound similar to others today? Yes, I can agree, but if you take away the style of how somebody raps or sings based on where they’re from or what culture they may have originated by, there are artists out there that are actually talking about or saying something. Sometimes all you got to do is listen and be open to the new ideas that they are bringing to the table. The future of music is without a doubt going to remain universal on a whole new scale, but its up to people and different artist to accept those new and fresh sounds that has been delivering change, no matter where they are from. In this industry, we will need as many good ideas as possible if we wan to keep the ball rolling. So to anybody who has hard work ethic and talent that sees this, it’s time you step into the light.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Believe in yourself, invest in your dreams with a team to back you, and never ever give up! You never know where your dreams will take you. Hard work never goes unnoticed, so if you keep working and obtaining greater things, slowly but surly, you will be exactly where you want to be or even better.

What inspires you to write your next song?
God, the people I love from friends, family, my truth and fans to my passion for music. It will never go away.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
To be honest, I just find the beat, go with the flow, and start writing until I see the direction a particular song is going during the process.

What do you think makes a great song?
I look at a song or music as a form of art. When you know how, creating is a relieving thing being expressed through a particular emotion, and emotion can trigger almost anything while making something in the process. Therefore, there is no write or wrong, just as long as there is substance, great lyrics to your truth, and awesome production.

Where can we connect with you?
Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?: You can find me on all social media @_AshtonMarton. Twitter you can find me at _AshtonMarton13. Anybody else that enjoys the vibes to my music can contact me and look up my information on www.AshtonMarton.com!

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