“The greatest challenge for me is being able to catch up with the enormous amount of product being put out and the rate of how it is being put out. I really pride myself in putting more value into each individual record as opposed to making a mass amount of mediocre records.”

Check out the interview with A.M. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
A.M.: I began to take music serious around 2011; however, my love for music and for writing lyrics began at age 12. I started off by writing poetry and then got influenced by artists such as Tupac, Nas, and Jay Z. I figured they were doing exactly what I was doing, but with beat instead.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use all kinds of methods to promote my music, but my preferred method would physically handing out flyers with links and access to my music. Normally I would do this at my shows right after I get off the stage and just connect and build with my audience.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge for me is being able to catch up with the enormous amount of product being put out and the rate of how it is being put out. I really pride myself in putting more value into each individual record as opposed to making a mass amount of mediocre records. In this case I believe in the phrase “less is more.”

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 Orlando is rising. I moved here from NY around ‘05 and the comparison between then and now is a drastic difference. I like that people are being more open minded to the type of music being produced. What I am not so fond of is the fact that there isn’t as many outlets to give the independent artists a way to expand. I’m optimistic about the future and I believe that there will be change soon enough.

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’m not sure to be honest. I think the future of music is heading towards (if it’s not already) a more melodically based/technologically advanced state. Artists can be more a part of it by just continuing to make great music and not duplicating or biting what we already hear now.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Save your money and invest wisely. You have to realize for the artist its art and passion, to the corporate suits it’s just contracts and dollar signs.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Something that I’m going through in my life or in the life of people around me.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I create the beat and write what I feel the beat’s direction should go.

What do you think makes a great song?
50% captivating beat and 50% a well thought out song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Bandcamp: earlyintheam.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: earlyintheam
iTunes: “Take Notes” ft. Yung Jonez
Instagram: @AM823
Twitter: @AM823_
Facebook: AM823