“Some creative ways I use to promote my music are by giving portions of my merchandise to homeless people letting them wear it and letting them have my gear and music as well.”
Check out the interview with Yung Toolz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Yung Toolz: I was always into music and musical arts. I was always beating on tables in class and the lunchroom rapping and doing cyphers. After school I would return home watch MTV, BET, etc. I’d be inspired to record a new song every day using a simple karaoke mic and Audacity. That turned into 6 mixtapes, me starting to go to real recording studios, and me recording over 70 songs.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Some creative ways I use to promote my music are by giving portions of my merchandise to homeless people letting them wear it and letting them have my gear and music as well. It gets me advertisement and promotion.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is diversity in music and people. The lack of support from local and major people. Times have changed and so have people. What I do to change that is keep God in prayer and in my life.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is mellow. I choose that word because things move at a very slow past here. There aren’t any major labels or recording companies in Cleveland, OH. It is not a music industrial city which makes it hard to gain access to local resources for networking and production.
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 think the future of music may die without people having a closer relationship with God in their life instead of worshiping demonic artists. I feel my music may help save music by blessing every track I record and praying for society in my music, so when it goes inside their ears they are saved.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice I can give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success is simple. Strive for success and keep God first. Determine what factors are likely for you to achieve success with your career goals and music. Seek mentors, people with proof of success. Read lots of books and work hard, invest in yourself daily.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write is this process of thought that develops in my mind and flows through my heart. I would consider my current mood as my source of inspiration to write.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take to make a song simply are not hard, they are simple. A clear mind, I require plenty of prayer, meditation, and thought.
What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song is the song structure. Did the artist follow the original song formula or just said a lot of lyrics run on an instrumental? How well together was the song constructed? Entertainment is key but professional lyrics are the goal of every true writer. Structure and craft.
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