“Always search for that creative energy and don’t let anything stifle it. Let life be your motivation because it will definitely give you enough thought to put on paper.”
Check out the interview with A Pilgrim (Double G) exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
A Pilgrim (Double G): I began as a poet which evolved into spoken word and then to hip hop. I was in middle school when I thought I could rap. I eventually hooked up with some brothers in Los Angeles that would help me get my style together which I have called Hip Hopoetry.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media is so big that you can actually get large even if you don’t truly possess the skill to be considered a emcee. Of course doing shows and getting into magazine slots is always helpful.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would ultimately like to write movie scripts and write for other artists. I also would like to produce other writer’s scripts. I want to work with cameras.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
For me, because of my content, not everybody wants to hear my genre of music. I have to be creative in my writing process as to make sure my lyrics are captivating. I don’t have one producer, so I usually have to find one because I write first then find music.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I grew up in Los Angeles, but currently reside in San Bernardino. There is a small scene in my current city; however, I am very close to LA so I can get shows there. I wouldn’t trade California for anything. This is my home.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
You have to be consistent. Always search for that creative energy and don’t let anything stifle it. Let life be your motivation because it will definitely give you enough thought to put on paper. Keep an eye on what’s current.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
To be perfectly honest, the first time I wrote a song and performed it in Leimert Park in LA. The response I got truly inspired me to continue because I was into something. You can’t put a price on things like that.
What is your inspiration?
Most of my writings come when I am feeling down or distressed about something. It’s probably weird to say, but in the midst of a crisis I seem to find creative energies. I like to be in a serene atmosphere when I write, but the inspiration comes in the middle of the storm and yes there has been many storms.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
In my opinion of success I would have to say yes. I believe that question would be best answered by each individual because of what success means to each person. There is not a dollar sign attached to success in my opinion.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.numberonemusic.com/APilgrimakaDoubleG