“Without a label backing you it’s honestly kind of hard, but when you’re able to get opportunities such as this one y’all are giving me you gotta jump on them when you can.”

Check out the interview with CrimZn exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
CrimZn:
This all started as a kid writing poetry being influenced by hardcore music and hip hop alike. The grandson of a drummer from a jazz band played a huge role in me playing music. He gave me a set of drum sticks and a wood block and that was it. From there it was just a quick jump into being the vocalist of bands, putting rhymes on beats, and playing shows.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Have a lawyer look at the contract if you’re offered one. Educate yourself on the culture of music that you’re making. Don’t try to emulate people that you look up to. Be as unique and as individualistic as you can be. Make music for yourself.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Balancing my work life, my music life, my relationship, helping take care of my mother, and still finding time to grind the way I do. Somehow even without a label backing me, I still get a lot done. It’s not hard staying true to myself, but it does get complicated when you’re being pulled in numerous directions.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Without a label backing you it’s honestly kind of hard, but when you’re able to get opportunities such as this one y’all are giving me you gotta jump on them when you can. Stay on every single one of your social media sites and post what you’re up to.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The Scranton music scene is definitely poppin’. There’s a lot of talented artists here. It’s more so considered NEPA which encompasses the whole 570. It’s somewhat of a new scene, but its growing fast. As far as the fans go, the true fans are off the chains, some even drive hours to see our out of town shows. They’re mad loyal and good people.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself a year from today still as an independent artist with at least one or two albums/mixtapes out and continuously making music; possibly on tour either in Canada or in Europe, or even just a state side tour would be dope.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration musically was Zach De La Rocha. Rage Against the Machine was the soundtrack of my youth. I also was inspired and look up to Nas. I really look up to a lot of underground artists who made it on their own independently like Tech N9ne for instance, and that’s just one example.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
As far as mainstream goes, some stuff does start to grow on me. It’s kinda hard to have an 11 year old step daughter and not know what music is popular at the moment. I strictly stick to the underground though, but when she’s in the car mainstream radio has to be on.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.artistecard.com/crimzn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crimzn570
Twitter: www.twitter.com/crimzn
Instagram: www.instagram.com/therealcrimzn