“It’s hard being your own manager, producer, writer, promoter, and recording engineer. If you come from nothing like me and no one is willing to invest in you, that’s just how you’re going to have to do it.”
Check out the interview with 1hunna exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
1hunna: I started making music around 19. I just rapped at first and then started to learn to make beats. I wanted to be a musician before that. I started playing guitar when I was 15.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Do not give up, invest time and money. Be passionate about what you do and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. It’s a hard industry to break into. Build your social sites. I use a method where I follow people that like rap music and that gives me a better chance at getting their attention.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Keeping up with all the money you have to spend. Making the music is one thing, but promotion is a whole different story. It’s hard being your own manager, producer, writer, promoter, and recording engineer. If you come from nothing like me and no one is willing to invest in you, that’s just how you’re going to have to do it.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media. Once you draw in a large enough fan base and your popularity catches on other people will be drawn to you just because other people are checking you out. So push that social media.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I come from a small town called Greenwood, SC. People didn’t really pay me much attention at first until I caught on everywhere else. I think that’s how it goes. I know a bunch of cool artists around here. Some are pretty selfish though, they want to make it all about themselves when we should all be pushing each other.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still making music. I hope I’m in the top 40, but I don’t know if that’s realistic or not; we’ll see.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I have a lot of inspirations like Eminem, all of Slaughterhouse, Tech N9ne, Yelawolf, Twista, Outkast, Dr Dre, Big Pun 2pac, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Biggie Smalls, Lil Wayne, T.I. I’m going to leave the rest of because I could keep going for a long time. Let’s just say I’m a big fan of hip hop.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There are a lot of people that are underground that are really talented. There are actually a lot of mainstream artists coming up today that are really good like Logic, Hopsin, G Eazy, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole.
Where can we contact you and find you online?