“It’s always different. Sometimes it starts with a beat, sometimes lyrics, sometimes it’s just playing a guitar and improvising and just striking gold by happenstance. There’s not just one way to write a song.”
Check out the interview with Dakoda Rollins exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Dakoda Rollins: I think growing up with my mom being a music journalist and publicist had an influence. I never took advantage of her skills though. I just remember in high school the urge to perform and make music got stronger and stronger and I recorded some stuff but my senior year of high school I sat down and decided to actually make an effort to establish myself as a musician and get a following.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’d say every promotion I’ve done hasn’t been all that creative. Just the usual; free downloads, YouTube videos, t-shirts, handing out stuff at shows, pitching to radio stations, mailing demos to labels. All the good, creative ways take money. That’s something that young, struggling musicians don’t have.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Luckily the internet and new software has made it possible for everyone to make music and share it. However, that’s the downside too. The listening audience is tired of coming across mediocre or bad artists online. The only way I try to overcome that is just by taking more time to make quality, meaningful projects so people will talk about them.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Unfortunately I started performing and recording after I moved away from Nashville. I moved to Oklahoma and there really was no scene there. Not a big one. At least not for the music I was making. But the benefit of that was is I stuck out and got a decent little following. And now I’ve relocated to Tallahassee so I have no idea what the scene is like here.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I’m honestly not sure. I think more quality apps and blogs dedicated to indie musicians would really help. I think what really might help artists is getting out to perform in their cities and be dedicated to putting on a good show. People will remember that energy.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Always make the music that you truly want to make. Don’t try to appeal to people or go to the extreme trying to be different. As long as you make the music you’re passionate about and that you truly like, you’ll have a project you can be proud of and you’ll perform it with more love and people will be able to hear that in the music.
What inspires you to write your next song?
A lot of my inspiration comes from my relationships with people; girlfriends, friends, Jesus Christ, etc. A lot of it lately has been coming from my fiancé, she always inspires me. Sometimes hearing a good project by an artist I like inspires me too, it gives me a competitive drive.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It’s always different. Sometimes it starts with a beat, sometimes lyrics, sometimes it’s just playing a guitar and improvising and just striking gold by happenstance. There’s not just one way to write a song.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think the listener makes a great song. Every song’s subjective so some will find it great, some won’t. I think for me, personally, one of the things that makes a song great is timelessness. Can I listen to it at any time regardless of my mood and not get sick of it? If I can, then I probably will think it’s great!
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