“One thing that I do know is that you have to treat your music career like a business. You have to be willing to invest … If you aren’t willing to invest in yourself, then why should anybody else?”
Check out the interview with Danny Green exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Danny Green: I started writing lyrics at the age of 12. In high school I formed a group, C12, with some close friends that I still have to this very day. We made a few songs that our classmates seemed to like which really lit the fire for me. That’s when my passion for hip hop really grew. I really became serious about my music at the age of 20. The name D-Mun-E (pronounced d-money) was the name I started going by at first.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
We as artists are lucky to be in the era that we are in. The internet has allowed so many artists to make a name for themselves. Something that I learned recently is that you want to be uniform across all your social media accounts. You also must go out and perform so that you can meet people and be more than a picture on Facebook.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The goal that I have in mind is to one day own a studio that helps undiscovered artists achieve their dreams. So many people have amazing talent, but they never get the chance to show the world. I would love to be that bridge for these people.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is staying true to yourself. I see so many people do whatever they have to in order to make money. I understand that we all have to make money to survive, but if we have to sacrifice our own identity to make that happen then maybe it isn’t worth it and you should choose a different path in life.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
The city that I live in now is Virginia Beach, VA (stationed here through the Navy). I haven’t been here for very long, I don’t know that much about this place. The city that I’m from is Greenville, SC. The music scene there is very much alive. The downtown area is a great place to go see what Greenville is really like.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m this famous rapper because I’m not. I am still trying to come up as well. One thing that I do know is that you have to treat your music career like a business. You have to be willing to invest; studio time, promoting, marketing, etc. If you aren’t willing to invest in yourself, then why should anybody else?
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that ever happened to me as far as music was becoming a member of Roll Ready Records. The man behind Roll Ready is an artist/author/entrepreneur by the name of Ricky Prince. Rick is very well-known and respected throughout Greenville. I knew who he was way before he knew who I was.
What is your inspiration?
This is the best question that you could have asked me. My inspiration for music is life. Every aspect of life influences me; from the deepest, darkest hours of life to life’s most beautiful moments. I don’t remember where I heard the quote “music is the sound of emotion,” but when I heard that I was like, “yes, yes, that’s it!”
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It takes serious dedication to be able to make a career out of music. If you are willing to sacrifice and work hard towards your dream, then yes. I believe that anyone can be successful in today’s world of music. Nothing is impossible. No dream is too far-fetched. Work hard. Make your dream a reality.
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