“The more people actually see you, the greater your chances at being successful.”
Check out the interview with Cloak the Scribe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Cloak the Scribe: It all started back in 2004 in a college cypher where a classmate and friend discovered I had the gift of the emcee. He pulled me to the side after our weekly cypher and he asked the defining question. Why aren’t you pursuing music as a career? And I honestly didn’t have an answer for him.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The absolute best way in my opinion to promote yourself as an artist is to perform and network. The more people actually see you, the greater your chances at being successful. You must also make sure you have plenty of merchandise on hand, take plenty of pictures, and video of your performances, and just be an all-around genuine person. Be intentional when networking.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Someone who inspired change, goal chasing, and building a relationship with God.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Realizing that everyone can’t come with you as you progress. Some will grow and pursue their own endeavors, some will fissile out, some will become disheartens because you are beginning to change, some will love your change but will feel as though you’ve out grown them, and some will be with you till the end.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Chicago is a melting pot of personalities, religious views, living conditions, family circumstances, environmental circumstances, etc. The music scene mirrors the city honestly. You name it we got it. It’s a consistent learning experience that never ends and can do with of two things: drive you crazy or make you extremely well rounded and cultured.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Do not come into this expecting anything for free. For free will get you absolutely nowhere.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
It honestly hasn’t happened yet. Stay tuned, the journey’s just beginning.
What is your inspiration?
Life as a whole. So many different dynamics, circumstances, arts, and etc.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes. Formulate an idea, create a goal, stick to the goal regardless, execute the plan, get the goal, and start the process all over again. Make changes where they are needed.
Where can we find you on social media?