“Today’s game is outdated. They tell me I’m not marketable enough or my music should be dumbed down. I just do what makes me comfortable behind the mic and whoever likes it, great!”

Check out the interview with Dawn Duchess exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Dawn Duchess
: One day in Savannah, GA I just decided to turn some of my poetry into rap and the journey continued.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
YouTube. People started responding to my behind-the-scenes video blogs which made me keep making vLogs to promote new events/projects.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Today’s game is outdated. They tell me I’m not marketable enough or my music should be dumbed down. I just do what makes me comfortable behind the mic and whoever likes it, great!

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I was raised in Europe and haven’t been back since ’09. So not sure! I currently live in Opelika, AL and the music scene is mostly rock, but I know once they catch hold of #DuchessMusic it won’t matter. My live show’s like a rock concert anyway!

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Digital. If you don’t know how to market yourself digitally you might as well get pimped by a label. To be part of it I recommend putting your best work out and telling as many people to check it out and share as well.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Stay working! Don’t think one song is going to make you! Follow your heart. Let no one tell you what you should sound or look like. Never quite. Stay positive.

What inspires you to write your next song?
The fucked up world we live in will forever give me topics! It’s never boring!

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I listen to the beat, let it give me a vibe, and take that vibe and begin to use words to express how I feel at that moment. If it’s a smooth beat and I had a long week you might get a nice ride out track to smoke to. If it’s an incredibly hype beat and I had a great week you might get the next club anthem.

What do you think makes a great song?
Honesty.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.DawnDuchess.com
Social media handle: @Dawn_Duchess
Email: DawnDuchess@gmail.com