“Of course no matter what you do in the music industry there will always be someone better who sounds better or has better equipment or a bigger fan base. To usually overcome it, you just have to keep on keeping on.”
Check out the interview with Caleb Spencer exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Caleb Spencer: I had started recording myself in the basement of my home with a free recording app and Presonus editing equipment. I had released singles and such until I released my EP Wastes Away.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I mainly upload my sounds to Soundcloud and YouTube. Where I live in a small town my audience usually shares around my music in such surprise that someone from a small place is actually going places.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
In today’s entertainment it is quite easy to make music and get heard. Of course no matter what you do in the music industry there will always be someone better who sounds better or has better equipment or a bigger fan base. To usually overcome it, you just have to keep on keeping on.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I currently live in a small town called Max Meadows in Virginia and the music scene around is very rare or if there is it has never been my genre or style. Becoming a hip hop artist while there are cows and farmers outside is not the easy task to complete.
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’ve always told people that I have to meet what the people want and that’s one of the hardest things. One person will like the song, but another person will not. Artists can be a larger part of the music future if they can relate to their audience and share their stories or memories with them.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
No matter what conditions you’re in you just have to believe in yourself. I got very lucky and blew up over one song called “Nerverland.” Some people are lucky and others just have to make their own luck. Never give up on your dreams even if they’re coming from a basement, bathroom, or an actual studio. Never let go of a passion.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Most of my songs are related with life. I’m not your modern day rapper talking about life as a dealer or rolling in money or partying at the club. My music is straight from my past and potential future. All of my sound is built off of how other people can relate to the same situations.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I talk to my Swedish beat maker and she usually puts in a hook with my songs and then she sends me the track and I listen to it for a few days. I then go and sit with a pen and paper at my desk and just start jotting ideas on a piece of paper until I finally find the subject that clicks.
What do you think makes a great song?
It depends on how people feel the music, whether it may be the beat or the lyrics. I think a great song has relative lyrics and a heart reaching beat. Something people will enjoy listening to and can move or sit and think to. If a song can make you emotional it is a great song.
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