“Stay true to you and don’t let anyone hinder your craft or creative process. Make music how you want, when you want.”

Check out the interview with Black Orchid exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Black Orchid:
I just decided to get back into writing and producing after a very long hiatus and decided that this time that I’d take it more seriously than I did in past years. I started an Instagram page and uploaded songs to my page and on Soundcloud to garner interest in my music.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Making videos of me making beats or singing acapella and posting them to social media.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I would say trying to be heard more than locally, getting my music heard worldwide. I would say that promoting myself more and getting my music out to blogs and DJ pools would help 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 is thriving in Toronto, so many talented artists it’s not funny. I like that there is many talented people, but I don’t like the fact that a lot people are trying to sound the same and I don’t like that people only seem to recognize your talent when you gain more notoriety out of the city.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
More streaming, more online content; soon people won’t have to leave home to attend a big concert. I think artists should use the internet and social media to their advantage.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay true to you and don’t let anyone hinder your craft or creative process. Make music how you want, when you want. Don’t try to sound like everyone else. Develop your own sound and style.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from real life experiences, most of what I write is based on true events that may have happened to me or others, or I write about what’s happening in the world.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Usually I would come up with a melody and write around it or I would make a beat and then write along to the melody. I’d come up with the hook first, then come up with verses after. When I record the song I record harmonies as I go along. Play it back and then make changes if needed.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great melody and great words. Sometimes simple is key. A catchy beat with a catchy melody that would get stuck in your head makes for a great song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/blackorchidmusic8
Facebook: Black Orchid Music
Twitter: @blackomusic
Instagram: @black_orchid_music