“The best advice I can give is motivation plus determination plus dedication equals the destination.”
Check out the interview with Anoindt exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Anoindt: I have been doing music as an entertainer/musician and rapper for close to 25 years. I have been perusing and doing music and been around music nearly all my life. I played in the band from junior high into high school until 11th grade playing saxophone until senior year when I joined choir. I created with some high school friends a neighborhood rap group called Cunz of Clavs (pronounced Sons of Slaves) in the early 90’s. I later on connected with a bigger group called Da Pack and became a local success. Some went on to pursue music more on a larger scale while others stayed behind to have local success. I ventured on and still am doing music.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways to promote me as an artist is Facebook, CD Baby, and YouTube. Facebook is always growing and will always be one of the major social media outlets. I would love to be promoted on mainstream sites as well like Vevo and over the web worldwide.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Be the number one best solo selling artist of all time. A musical typhoon and icon using my voice as an instrument. Help others to become successful with their musical talents, careers, dreams, and destiny. Building and having a colossal movement and distribution label and company ever, IAM MUSIC.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the music business is time management. One has to learn how to balance their craft, skill, and passion with everyday life and family values. Also, your personal life becomes media, fans, and follower’s time. People want to know about you and your life behind the music as well. Some artists, musicians, and entertainers choose to keep this part of their lives very personal and private which is hard to do when you enter the public eye and lime light.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I am originally from Roanoke, VA. The music scene has truly grown there on the underground scene with all types of genres of music in the last ten to fifteen years. The Star City has now since grown putting out some of the greatest artists such as myself and producers on mainstream level such as Big Drop (big producer) and Stackzz who has done features with Future and more.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The best advice I can give is motivation plus determination plus dedication equals the destination. In saying that I mean never give up. It really is not about the destination but about the journey and the experiences and challenges you faced getting there. I have been very blessed and fortunate to have a great and successful underground career being a part of a very successful underground group in the city I grew up in.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that happened in my career was the experience of being a part of some of the 8Mile entourage and being there in Detroit while history was being made. I have many other great things that I have been blessed to be in or around like showing up at Pharrell Williams (Neptunes) home in Virginia Beach numerous times knocking and actually meeting his brother to pass along music to him. I’ve always got so close to stardom that I could taste it, truly a blessing.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration first and foremost comes from almighty and divine God, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit and whole entire friendly and magnificent universe whom give me the ability and talent to do this, create feel good real good music nationwide and worldwide abroad. Also my inspirations come from other places as well like my parents; they are both deceased, but growing up I couldn’t asked for better support.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
We are in an awesome time and era. This is probably the best time to be successful in today’s world of music. The old music era has died off and the new music era is alive and growing. Change is happening all the time. Either you are growing or disintegrating. I know you can be successful in this because I am a success in all that I do.
Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: Anoindat & The Feel Good Music Movement