“In a year, I plan to see my dreams manifest into reality. My family taken care of, my beautiful daughter enjoying the best things in life, while I’m still grinding to provide for them.”

Check out the interview with Deno (AKA) Big Bank exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Deno: Well, it all started around, I want to say back in my freshman year of high school around ‘06-07. I was with my boys at their house in Pembroke chilling, smoking. We were listening to Gucci Mane & I just stood up out of nowhere and started spitting. I don’t know where it came from, I guess I was just high as hell, & I was throwing words together. I was killing it. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but my boys had these looks on their faces like they just heard the most amazing shit ever. I think of that moment every day.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say to use the time to your advantage, cause there’s not that much time in the world. If it’s your dream to do whatever you want to do, go for it. If I would have taken things more seriously at the moment I discovered my talent, I would have been blew up. I’m that special.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Coming from the area I’m at, and the traditions of the people around here, it would be having other people to take a look at the big picture and not to judge. People, or at least the ignorant ones, are quick to judge the slightest qualities amongst unique individuals such as my self. And also to not get caught up in the struggles of everyday life in my county.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
By networking and getting to know people. It’s the only way.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from a Native American dominated area. I really don’t try to rep a certain city, it’s more like a county thing for me. I’m from Robeson County, North Carolina. Something you won’t learn in the history books is of an Indian outlaw by the name of Henry Berry Lowry. Do the research. That’s all I’m going to say. But back to the question. The artists all have a common goal and that’s to make it out to provide for the family. But we don’t have a solid foundation to grow on so to speak, and that’s what I want to accomplish. Most cities like Atlanta, LA, New York, etc. have sources and are able to easily gain access to studios and managers and other important factors in the entertainment industry. It’s not like that here. We still recording out of closets and barns.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In a year, I plan to see my dreams manifest into reality. My family taken care of, my beautiful daughter enjoying the best things in life, while I’m still grinding to provide for them.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Gucci Mane. Foreal, without his style & inspiration, we would not have the culture we have today in Hip hop. Shoutout to La Flare. Also The Migos. I’m just inspired by Atlanta trap music period. I grew up on that & it’s what I know. So, that’s it.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Of course. I’ll like it more once I get where I’m going lol.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can find me on Facebook at Deno Deno, Snapchat @king_Deno