“I would say it’s not creating the music that you like or even finding the perfect artists or producers to work with, but it’s fighting for attention with limited resources!”
Check out the interview with BlackMagickFloe of TTG exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
BlackMagickFloe: It all started for me when I was very young. It wasn’t until I was maybe 15 years of age that I realized that I definitely had some skills that others didn’t possess when it came to constructing rap verses or hooks. This year I recorded my first song and that’s what gave me enough passion to want to pursue this open ended career.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay focused. Make little steps. Talk to everyone you can. You have to meet people. Me being an introvert for the most part I learned the hard way. You can have the best songs of the year, but if nobody heard of you than they can’t consume your material.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say it’s not creating the music that you like or even finding the perfect artists or producers to work with, but it’s fighting for attention with limited resources! In order to be successful in this industry it takes some inside help and help from all your fans and family to really bring your visions to the eyes and ears of the people.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I feel the best way to promote music is live. Nothing beats a show because they can see and hear what you have to offer and see a little bit about your personality that they can take with them. Of course word of mouth’s right up there as well. I feel they all go hand in hand.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city, Virginia Beach, seems as if everyone wants the same thing but nobody wants to really work together. They kind of want all the glory and lights to themselves which is the problem, nor do they really have any direction for their sound. The fans though are moderately supportive.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a year from today I definitely would like a lot more features with indie artists and maybe even one from a major artist. Travel more and do more gigs around the USA. Not necessarily a recording deal, but I do want to get some more marketing and promotion done once I finish some music videos and such.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
As far as my biggest inspirations I would say my circle. The people around me have the most input because they see me in different elements and have seen how I grew into the person I’m now. There’s too many musical influences to name that helped me find my style which is very versatile, but I tend to like soft smooth music that kind of relaxes you.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Music today as a whole’s something that initially takes an open mind to listen to because it’s starting to get to a point where people are being forced to stop creating very similar sounds. We’re in a transition period in the music scene. I do prefer earlier music, but some of the artists of today have contributed to create some great work.