“The best advice I can give to upcoming artists and musicians is to be yourself. Let the world know who you are. Give them your story of your struggle and what made you successful …”
Check out the interview with Chrisston exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Chrisston: My journey started in the city of Compton where there was a lot of great music influence in the city. The first day when music became a job for me was when I was 15 years old. My high school sweetheart and I broke up, and I was writing a letter to her because I was afraid of speaking to her in person. As I’m writing the letter to express my feelings it came out as if I was writing a song. Since then music has become the love of my life.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The first thing is you want to create a foundation. Today there’s a lot of people who want to do music. When you’re a person in the beginning of stages of becoming an artist you want to create ideas which haven’t been done and that will appeal to people.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge of all is financially. Working minimum wage trying to accomplish a dream becomes a hard reality. The best way to promote your music while enduring this reality is to network with people that are involved in music regardless of their position.
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 Compton is getting the same attention in the music world just like when we had with NWA, DJ Quik, and other Compton artists in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The bad thing about becoming an artist in Compton right now is that there’s only one certain style of rapping that we mainly see besides Kendrick Lamar.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is heading on a decline due to no originality. Artists tends to make music about wealth, sex, and drugs instead of showing vulnerability where fans can relate to their artists. It’s hard to know who the artist is now and what they stand for. Music is supposed to be relatable. Artists have to be more vulnerable and let people know who they are.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice I can give to upcoming artists and musicians is to be yourself. Let the world know who you are. Give them your story of your struggle and what made you successful which is deeper then wealth and fashion. Let people relate to you and your job, and speak for the ones that can’t be heard.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My emotions triggers my inspiration to write my next song whether it’s good, bad, happy, or sad. Whatever I’m feeling at the time helps me create the next song.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps for me are simple. I go off my feeling. Once I found out what I’m feeling I turn that same feeling into a topic. Once I have the topic I quickly get into a rhythm from the hook down to the verse.
What do you think makes a great song?
To make a great song like many of the greats before us it has to be relatable and it’s has to have a story like a love song, speaking about your life, or even going to a party. Example will be I’m trying to go to the club and I lost my ID but manage to find a way to get in the club. The song would be relatable and also still fun.
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