“Stay true to yourself to who you are and what you set out to do. Don’t change your authenticity or your artistic creativity for anyone.”
Check out the interview with Cloudy Wingz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Cloudy Wingz: Music was always a part of my life. The first rap song I ever heard was DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat” and I couldn’t stop dancing. I turned it up so loud my parents had to come in and confiscate the radio. I knew right then and there that I had fell in love with music forever. A few years later I made friends with some local rappers and I would sing hooks on their songs, but I never took music seriously until one of my older brothers told me I had talent.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media is a big factor in this game. It can help you connect you with places you wouldn’t normally be able to. Collaborate with other artists because you might get their fans to like you as well. Promote yourself everywhere, every day, and all day as much as you can.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Right now I think I just want to be heard but ultimately I’d love to be rich and famous. Known to make great music that is for everybody. Music that has a purpose, a meaning. Music that invokes new feelings and new ideas. I want to go down in history as a legend. Someone who made a difference in music.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
For me it’s dealing with people and their emotions. I tend to be more antisocial than I should, so that doesn’t help when dealing with those pre-Madonna divas. Also waiting on projects to be released is another hard part. I’m impatient so it’s like you’re so excited about this one new song or new album that you just want everyone to hear it instantly.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is amazing. There’s lot of great talent in Naptown. A lot unity in the music scene as well. Everybody tries to work together as a city, as a team in order to achieve the same goals. You only got a handful of people hating on each other’s music.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Be patient, but at the same time be a go getter; stay consistent and be resilient. Downfalls will come but don’t doubt yourself. Stick to your plans and give yourself proper goals in order to reach those plans. Stay true to yourself to who you are and what you set out to do. Don’t change your authenticity or your artistic creativity for anyone.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that’s ever happened in my career was more like a blessing and a curse. When Rick Ross record label MMG hit me up trying to sign me. The contract wasn’t in my best interest so I politely declined the offer. I then asked Rick Ross if he would be willing to compromise and he proceeded to cuss me out and block me on all his social media accounts.
What is your inspiration?
Everyone whoever made it in the rap game before me is my inspiration. Also everything I ever went through in life. All the lessons I learned. All the mistakes I’ve made. The things I’ve seen. The things I’ve done. The people I’ve met. And the people I’ve known and everything I took in from all that.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel as though nowadays you don’t even need bars or real talent to be successful in this industry. You just need the right person to hear you. Whether your garbage or not. It’s a shame though because that’s the type of thing that is watering down the hip hop culture.
Where can we find you on social media?