“Have real friends that can keep it real with you regarding your music at all times.”
Check out the interview with BugZbugs “De Insect” exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
BugZbugs “De Insect”: It all began about 3-4 years ago. I was in college creating music for the U.S. Virgin Islands carnivals and my music grew on the people back home. I attended the Johnson & Wales University (north Miami campus), so I would always fly home during the carnival/festival season to perform. My performance was always energetic and I made a name for myself. My fan base grew over the years and now I have faithful listeners from all around.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I do a lot of self-push and promotion. My thing is nobody can’t promote yourself like you. I mainly use social media to promote my career, and I’m open to any advice on to how to make promotion more effective. I’m growing, I’m only 23 years old and I know it takes two hands to clap.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A Grammy winner. I mean who doesn’t want that? I just want to be successful and make music that appeals to the masses. I really go with the flow and won’t really get into my personal goals. Just know that I’m grinding really hard.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting heard. That’s it. I really feel I can bump with anybody in this game. Getting heard has to be the most difficult thing in this music industry. Don’t worry, soon enough the world will know about me.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, where Soca, Calypso, and Dancehall music is very popular. The folks down here are very vibrant. I’m basically living on a place where people vacation at.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Grind. Believe in yourself as much as possible. Don’t allow “yes men” on your team. Have real friends that can keep it real with you regarding your music at all times. Remain humble and be open minded to constructive criticism. Greatness takes time, do not rush your come up.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When I won the Virgin Islands Soca Monarch Competition in 2015 and placed 1st runner up in the 2017. Also getting to travel around the world to perform. I’ve been to Orlando, Miami, Tortola, St. Thomas, St.John, Virgin Gorda, Angullia, and Atlanta.
What is your inspiration?
My son Haidyn Amir Matthew. My brother that passed away, Makeil Felix.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes I do, it’s about marketing but I do feel like content is very important. It’s a wave and most waves pass over in time. That’s why having good content in your music will take you a long way. In today’s music world anybody with social media can make it, it’s just a matter of who sees it.
Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: BugZbugs “Insect”
Twitter: @De _Insect