“Never stop being creative, that’s the label or movement I want to have. Be creative forever and you will have longevity in whatever you do.”
Check out the interview with Blaq Castro exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Blaq Castro: I used to sing in church when I was 9 and 10 years old. After that I started playing drums and learning how to be a musician and percussionist in the sixth grade. I learned how to read and play percussionist solos and band music. I figured out I wanted to write music and put together rhymes by end of the school year.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
One creative promotional effort that I came across was a Twitter team of promoters. I had this one song I did. It was a freestyle over a Chief Keef beat that got a lot of listens very fast off of his track called “I Don’t Like.” That is when I learned that I could get listens, I just needed great promotion.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Right now the greatest challenge that I am facing is getting my fan base back to how it was before several of my music accounts got hacked. I feel there is nothing I can’t overcome. I am in the process of linking back up with people and creating new music, but I have a great new concept of how to get more of my music heard.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I love the music scene in my hometown, but a lot of people in my hometown are getting sucked into the same style. Right now I am tapping into a new sound for myself, even though I sing I wasn’t always comfortable with my voice. Now I’m getting more comfortable and I am now creating more hip hop and r&b tracks.
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 think the future of music in general will be in a great place very soon. A lot of new artists are conjuring great creativity with their names, ideas, and themes. I think if we start to help each other more on challenging ourselves it will come together and a lot more money will be made and a lot more listeners will be satisfied.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never stop being creative, that’s the label or movement I want to have. Be creative forever and you will have longevity in whatever you do. Don’t be afraid to take risks sometimes because without taking that risk and also being creative you’re just another number in a mental prison of thoughts that just wants you to be free.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everyday life is what inspires me to write my next song. I have a song that I haven’t released yet about getting denied only because of the simple fact that the girl had a guy already. Anything that I write is about experiences and feelings that have come across my mind.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps nowadays that I take to make a song are a little more work. First I make my own beat which I have been surprised with. Second I make sure the chorus sounds right and goes with the beat. Lastly I write my verse if it isn’t already written out. I make sure the theme or the plot goes along with whatever I’m making the song about.
What do you think makes a great song?
What makes a great song is a great plot. A song is just like a story. If you have the theme together it should all easily fall into place. Also a great track presence is excellent to complete great song. If you know any other good artists other than yourself, this would be a perfect time to get a featured artist on the same record.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
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