“I love the creativity and how out of the box people are these days with music, especially underground artist fighting to be heard.”

Check out the interview with Dekota Blu exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
D.B: This all started in Anchorage Alaska, I was 4 when I first started singing. My mom used to sing to me all the time and I just took from her. My grandma God rest her soul had me sing in front of the whole family Reunion when I was 10, I was very nervous, but I made it through, laughs. I wrote my first song when I was 11 called “Jesus is there” and I remember recording it one of our church members home studio. It has been quite a journey, to say the least when it comes to doing music. From Practicing in my bedroom and hacking away at the keyboard to learning the different styles and the experience of it all, has been one I will never trade for anything. I love music, singing and writing is who I am and I thank God every day for the gift I was blessed with.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The biggest advice that I think would be most beneficial to anyone doing music is to stay in school become educated in the music, marketing and business sides of music and to keep practicing and really hone in on your craft.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say the hardest challenge for me would be to stay focused no matter what is going on in life. Things happen all the time. You have financial setbacks, you may not have a team of people behind you yet but it will come you have to keep pushing forward.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I feel the best way to promote music and advertise is online through online platforms, like this one and several others.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Right now I currently live in Austin, TX home of the live music capitol. The people here love my music, and I am so glad that my music and my artistry are embraced with such love not just from people here but people everywhere.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself performing on bigger platforms and being apart of mainstream music, definitely being a household name.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I look up to a lot of different artists for different reasons. To name a few, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendez, Sia, Rihanna, Jay Z and the list goes. I really admire there work and work ethic. Brilliant individuals. I would to work with them or just learn from them. I’ve always wanted a mentor.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love the creativity and how out of the box people are these days with music, especially underground artist fighting to be heard. I love it all!

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
www.reverbnation.com/dekotablu
www.soundcloud.com/dekotablu
www.instagram.com/dekotablu
www.twitter.com/rallomusic
www.facebook.com/dekotablu
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