“You have to know the game and if you have open ears take advice from vets who have been doing it way longer and stronger.”

Check out the interview with Antonio Blue exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Antonio Blue:
As a very small child I was raised around music. I initially came from a very God friendly environment, if I wasn’t singing in church I’d be singing at home with my grandparents who raised me until I was 13. I soon became thrilled with singing once we realized I had a voice. I would have support for the first 13 years of my life until they passed away of old age. I can say they had everything to do with my gift from God.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say go to school and learn everything you can about the business. It’s not all about talent, although this is a requirement. You have to know the game and if you have open ears take advice from vets who have been doing it way longer and stronger.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being a starving musician people ask me all the time why am I working a job or going to school. The music industry is a million dollar industry, you need half of this to even enter. Its’ always a matter of money. Where I come from we were not very stable financially. All the exposure I have comes from hard work and no play.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote your music through magazine exposure, but make sure your music is ready for marketing or artist development where someone in the industry see’s potential in you. Many magazines require a certain kind of music before they advertise you, so have music that everyone can enjoy.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Portland, OR. There isn’t many resources like in the south, New York, or Cali. It’s a very depressing place to live in. A lot of negativity due to a very high volume of gang activity. There are a few artists from my city who are successful, not many, but there are some singers and rappers who have built a strong name for themselves.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself very successful as I have already hired a manager who is very good. I’ll be all over the southern region entertaining and performing. The world will be seeing a lot of me in the near future. A year sounds very realistic considering some of the songs I have coming out feature already famous artists.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Smokey Robbinson, Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, Donell Jones, D’Angelo, Genuine, Kemistry, R. Kelly, Prince, Micheal Jackson, The Temptations, David Ruffen, Alicia Keys, and Ashanti.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Not at all. There is no substance and it all sounds exactly the same. No originality. No time put into. It seems rushed and just pushed out for marketing. Good engineering though. All the stuff on the radio has a great mix, but the concepts and actual music is mostly harmful to society.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
I’m all over social media under Antonio Blue (my artist name). I’m also an executive producer and carry the name King Rawzky.