“There’s a big rift in the Chicago music scene. You’re either labeled what they call a “drill” artist or as a Lupe Fiasco type of artist. There’s really no in between. I’m going to bridge that gap and make the city less imbalanced.”
Check out the interview with Cels Dupri exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Cels Dupri: I’m still starting off industry-wise, but my team and I have really just been networking. Getting these connections and expanding from there. Putting out quality music and just staying consistent.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
My team and I use promo teams to promote us and advertisements to accumulate hits and engage fans.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I don’t really see too many challenges at this point, but I’m sure they’ll arise and hopefully I can handle it accordingly. Right now I just have tunnel vision and maybe that’s why.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There’s a big rift in the Chicago music scene. You’re either labeled what they call a “drill” artist or as a Lupe Fiasco type of artist. There’s really no in between. I’m going to bridge that gap and make the city less imbalanced. Besides that, my city is flooded with talented artists.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
From here on out, I think music genres will be fused and the definition of things will be changed. I see myself as a rap artist. I may rap (talk) to you in a specific cadence/tempo or I may rap (talk) to you melodically. However I choose to do it, it comes from the soul. That’s how I see the future of music; no labels, just vibes.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To always believe in yourself. You have to see your vision vividly and eventually everyone else will. So not being discouraged is a big thing in life.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My experiences so far in life and also where I want to be in the future. Those are the things that inspire me.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I make clear of my mood at the time and wrap my creative process around that. I’ll choose a beat that helps illustrate those feelings and thoughts, and then put it on repeat as I think of particular phrases and points I want to get across. Then I record.
What do you think makes a great song?
The inspiration behind the song and the message that’s being displayed. That’s what I look for in a good song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
You can find me on all social media @CelsDupri, but most importantly my website. I’m most active on that.