“When iTunes Unsigned contacted me … I was able to make money off my music letting me know I had what it takes to take my music career to the next level.”
Check out the interview with Codi Kodeine exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Codi Kodeine: I was writing music for a very long time, but I started taking music seriously about two years ago after my brother passed. We used to stay up all night writing music together; it was a dream of his and the people he recorded with passed the torch to me and the rest is history in the making.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I do self-promotion with my website and email list, but I also reach out to promotion companies to help spread the word. My social media accounts also play a part in my promotion and let’s not forget about magazine and clothing lines for cross promotion.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to be a great salesman and a phenomenal CEO to help other artists reach their dreams. I also want to have my own promotion company and clothing line just to name a few things.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think the hardest part about coming up and being noticed by the industry is the amount of rappers and singers there are. The business behind the music itself is just tedious work. You know the mindset of CEOs, we would rather work 100 hours a week for ourselves instead of 40 hours a week for someone else.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s the same as anywhere else when it comes to the music. We have open mics seven days a week at different bars and clubs. There are plenty of people who do music. My city is a great place to live in unless you’ve been there your whole life.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Make sure you put your all in to what you do. It’s not only about writing, recording, and posting to your social media. Reach out to people who can help you and don’t be scared to invest in yourself and your career. Always make radio ready music because if you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When iTunes Unsigned contacted me had to be one of the best things that happen to my career after putting out through some major labels. I was able to make money off my music letting me know I had what it takes to take my music career to the next level. All the contacts I made due to that was also a plus.
What is your inspiration?
God and my family are my two biggest inspiration in my life. God because he’s great and all things are possible through him and my family because I have a reason to get up and grind. I’m also inspired by the greats like Biggie, Pac, Jay Z, and Nas.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Not anyone because some people are not serious about their music, but you don’t have to be mainstream to be a paid artist.