“I feel like the future of music is moving toward independence. I think artists can be more a part of it by studying the music business and learning the different ins and outs of ownership and publishing.”

Check out the interview with Dangerous Rob exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Dangerous Rob:
My music journey started in the hallway of Will Roger High in Tulsa Oklahoma freestyling and battle rapping. I parlayed it into a full blown music career and here I am 25 years later. I’ve been rapping and performing my whole life pretty much.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I utilize many of the social networking sites to promote and also try to do as many online radio interviews as possible. Any type of promotion I can utilize to keep my name out there because I am an independent artist. I need all the publicity I can get.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is getting everything to the masses. I have an established fan base, but I`ve had fans ask me about an album that came out 5 years ago and they thought it was a new project. I overcome that by continuing to have fresh content, visuals, and music.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I can say there are plenty of talented artist in my hometown. I think if there was more unity amongst all of the artists it would make the movement a lot stronger.

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 feel like the future of music is moving toward independence. I think artists can be more a part of it by studying the music business and learning the different ins and outs of ownership and publishing.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Some genuine advice I can give an upcoming artist is to study the business, so many artists do not have full ownership of their material. I would advise to leave your backyard market and venture out to see what other guys are doing to be successful in their markets. They key is to know the business talent is 20%, business is 50%, and 30% is just bullshit.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Since I have been writing all my life I have been inspired by personal experiences or what I see going on around me that people can relate too. Every story that I tell in my music may not pertain to me, but I am a product of my environment.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take to make a song is making sure the words match the beat. When I was younger I would go in and record on the fly, but now since I am older and my fan base has increased I want every song to be hot. I am not overthinking the music, but making sure the melodies, hook, and lyrics are all in place to create a hit record.

What do you think makes a great song?
I am old school. The drums and hook makes a great song.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.freedamrecords.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/freedamrecords
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/dangerousrob
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/dangerousrob74
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dangerousrob
Twitter: @fattwoo
Instagram: @dangerous_rob