“As an artist we have to stay consistent whether it’s dropping new music, posting updates, booking performances, or even just sparking debates on your social media pages.”
Check out the interview with Chorus exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Chorus: Music runs in my blood. My dad is a drummer. When I was born he named me Shane Chorus Bourne. He gave me the middle name Chorus because he truly believed that one day I would get involved in music. Ironically enough, hip hop found me when I was 6 years old. The first time I heard it I was hooked. When I was 9 I wrote my first rap song. Nothing great, but it was a start. Over the years I got better and I started recording when I was 15.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The biggest platform today is social media. Find the most trending social media sites at the time, create pages for your music, and have everyone that follows you share your posts so that you can reach a broader audience. Another great way to promote is by starting up your own website where people can go on and get all of your newest updates.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be one of the greats. I have spent my life mastering the art of hip hop making sure my flow is on point, my lyrics are well thought out, and my delivery is crisp and unique. I want to one day be placed in the same category as Tupac, BIG, Nas, and Eminem as one of the greatest emcees to touch the mic.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
You have to constantly keep growing and evolving to keep up with the fast pace of the industry. With hip hop becoming very social media driven, fans constantly want what’s next. As an artist we have to stay consistent whether it’s dropping new music, posting updates, booking performances, or even just sparking debates on your social media pages.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. The hip hop scene in Pittsburgh right now is pretty energetic. There are quite a few artists in my city that are making moves. Since hip hop didn’t start here we adapt our sounds from all over the country. You’ll hear everything from the southern trap styles to the laid back west coast vibes.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I’m still on the come up myself, but if there’s any advice I can give it would be to stay true to yourself. Make the music that makes you happy. Don’t try to ride someone else’s wave or try to sound like what you think people want to hear. Hip hop is about expression of self, so just do you.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
My biggest accomplishment was back in 2014 when I got invited to LA to audition for a hip hop team called TeamBackPack. I hopped on a greyhound bus for 3 days by myself to get there. It was an incredible experience to be able to get on stage in front hundreds of people that had no idea who I was and show off my talent.
What is your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is life in general. The things we go through on a day to day, good and bad. I am inspired by the things that make us who we are as people. I also am inspired by other artists. I gain a lot if inspiration when listening to some of my favorite artists like Eminem, J. Cole, Hopsin, MGK, etc.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, but it is very difficult. Today it is all about consistency and staying relevant. As long as you can maintain both while staying true to yourself and keeping your skills sharp, then I believe any artist with the right mind can become very successful.
Where can we find you on social media?