“My biggest issue right now is having a healthy balance of work, rest and personal time. I have to fall back on occasion and not let the music or the business consume my life.”

Check out the interview with Dirk LP exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
It all began when I was about 9. My brother would go buy the latest hip-hop cassettes whenever he got money and we would watch rap city every day. My pops were always listening to cats like Earth, Wind & Fire, Tyrone Davis, Al Green and watching Soul Train. At a very early age, I was infatuated and all about the hip-hop culture at that time. Eventually, I just wanted to make music that I like, but it turned out, not only where people were digging’ it, my music was also filling a void that was missing in the game at that time.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Work hard, stay focused, believe & stay real with yourself. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOU WIN MORE THAN YOU!

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
My biggest issue right now is having a healthy balance of work, rest and personal time. I have to fall back on occasion and not let the music or the business consume my life.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media and the internet are definitely the best way to promote and advertise. It’s never been easier to push, network and create a worldwide fan base.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from a small hood (Kelley Hill) in Harpersville, Alabama… It’s One of those you gotta see it or be an Alabamian to believe it/ documentary type shit. So many extremely talented artist on the rise from such a small town. I remember when I started, I would always think how crazy it would be to make my mark in the world on a level of my Cousin A.B.A legend George McGinnis but on some music shit. I would never have known one day there might be an artist that is not only on my way but about to kill it… If you haven’t already, you should check out: Slim Nazy, Q Dot Davis, Six Sense, Ivprof3n & East Kenny Ge.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself doing a number of different things in entertainment as a whole and spreading my wings beyond just the music business. I’m also currently testing the waters (so to say) in fashion… More info coming soon.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who will you look up to in today’s world?
Some of my biggest inspirations were: Outkast, Nas, Jay-z, Fabolous, 8-Ball & MJG, Young Bleed, Goodie Mob, The Lox …All Hip-Hop from the 90’s I guess. Lol!

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like the majority of today’s music isn’t for my generation/era, like people felt my music wasn’t for the generation before mine. I don’t like everything, but there are a lot of really dope artists that I dig… WAY TOO MANY TO NAME.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
No Doubt ..Mad love to the whole Skilly Magazine Staff.
You can hit me up…
boutdatgrind@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/DirkLP