“There’s a lot of competition worldwide. Period. To overcome it I just put out high quality work that people can relate to or vibe to. Always have a meaning or as I like to say ‘swag’ in your music.”
Check out the interview with Young Z exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Young Z: I moved to Arizona, I’m from South Dakota originally and the west coast is something new that I wasn’t used to right away. Everyone around me was into rap, hip hop, and all that fun stuff. At the time I was listening to Drake and Wiz coming up, as well as Wayne and some Bone Thugs. I was always into poetry so I figured I’d put music and poetry together and you have Young Z.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I always invest. I always travel. I meet people via social media overseas that can be of assistance. There’s always room for promotion.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
There’s a lot of competition worldwide. Period. To overcome it I just put out high quality work that people can relate to or vibe to. Always have a meaning or as I like to say “swag” in your music.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s iffy, there’s some artists that are quite good and the rest are just uneducated about the business aspect and think it’s okay to have bad business in music. Music is business. Always keep it 100 and you’ll be fine.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
It’s going to stay consistent. Make room for some of us young artists who can help keep hip hop music alive. Artists can play the better part by dropping singles, hits, keep the videos fresh so the audience sees your face more often. True fans show a lot of love.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never give up. If times are tough keep writing, keep recording, and invest wisely when possible. As long as you write with meaning, someone someday will notice it and reward it.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My fans. The potential fans out there. Hearing my song play in a club or radio or at a party or anything inspires me. It shows people listen. That is why I make music. The money will come later.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I find a beat I can never get bored with, then I think of good titles that haven’t been put out yet, and pick my gut instinct. Then I make sure it’s written how I want before recording – then boom I lay my vocals and the magic is made into what we call a song.
What do you think makes a great song?
Being influenced or being true.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?