“Stay focused and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Chase the dream…”
Check out the interview with Brandon Ross exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Brandon Ross: Well, this all became about when a close friend of mine helped me out and told me I could possibly do anything I put my mind to. Three years later, two mixtapes and one independent album with a couple of singles later, here I am today haha.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Well far as that, I’m promoting on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I also do physical promotion in the streets. I am the brand so this is what I am bringing to you. I have some consultants that help me promote through downloading, streaming and websites.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge would have to be the focusing on just music alone and me writing the songs. I overcome them by staying true to myself and dropping as much material as possible.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in Chicago is major. I like that we have the eye of a lot of labels and major music industry people. But, what I don’t like about it is that it’s basically politics now. Where as if you don’t know someone than you can’t get certain things done.
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 mean I think music is an all around evolving business, it’s never going anywhere. Artist can be more part of it through every source there is out there by standing out and representing themselves as regular people.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay focused and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Chase the dream.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Life inspires me. Just being able to write is a gift alone.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
My steps are simple. I find the beat, listen to it three or four times, then I sit in a room by myself and brainstorm the song. It’s as simple as that, it’ll be a hit haha.
What do you think makes a great song?
Four things in my opinion, creativity, composition, lyrics and deliverance.