“The music business can be a cold bitch, honestly. I find it hard to deal with the fact that the majority of people you come across are only in it for themselves despite the smiles and warm welcomes. It is a very cutthroat business, as most know, and filled with egos, backstabbers, and self-centered-delusional wannabes.”
Check out the interview with Dirty Frazier exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Dirty Frazier: It all began around 2009 when I ran into an old high school friend that told me he was recording. We used to rap back in the day, other peoples lyrics mind you, but we still spit. We both got on board with the idea to get together and make some music. We had a chemistry that can only be obtained through years of friendship and a strong love for hip hop.
We cut an underground album that was well received around our area, did a handful of shows, opened for some big names, and as most rap groups do, self-destructed. I committed myself to learning my craft and although I am far from mastering it, I am now at a level that I believe is strong enough to make a real mark in the Canadian hip hop scene. I have been touring solo around B.C. and have a festival booked in Alberta this summer which will enable me to break into another province.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Promoting yourself is important, if not most important. So many artists look to social media which is a great medium in today’s age, but I find it to be quite watered down. I do promote myself through social media daily, but I find it more progressive (and rewarding) to interact with people on a personal level face to face.
If I had any advice to give, which I do, it is this: stop spamming inboxes and tagging people you do not know personally to your music links. It doesn’t work and it is actually counterproductive since it does nothing but annoy the person on the other end. I have yet to come across a link I even wanted to check out after being tagged.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A role model. I know that might sound strange to some, given the content of my music, but I want to be a positive influence on troubled youth. When I was growing up I went through my share of problems, as most do, and I found comfort in listening to rap music. I started to look up to certain rappers and used their music as a means of relief and guidance.
Although, I guess I would be lying if I told you there wasn’t a part of me that wants to be famous and have all the glitz and glam that would come with being a rap star. That’s the dream. The reality is I want to help people by doing what I love doing. If that means charity events or fundraisers then so be it. To help people with rap, that to me is making it but by all means make me famous if you feel the need.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The music business can be a cold bitch, honestly. I find it hard to deal with the fact that the majority of people you come across are only in it for themselves despite the smiles and warm welcomes. It is a very cutthroat business, as most know, and filled with egos, backstabbers, and self-centered-delusional wannabes.
Truth, it is hard to know who to trust and I usually don’t trust anyone. Another challenge is finding that break to take your music to the next level when there is such a watered down, endless pool of rappers (that usually suck) – not to mention the majority are white. Thanks Eminem.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live in Quesnel, B.C. The music scene here is mostly country music, a little rock, and a few rappers – and I mean a few, me and another group. I love it here, truth be told and couldn’t see myself living anywhere else. It is a small town with not a whole lot to offer. I do receive a great deal of support from my city and for that I am greatly appreciative. I know the majority of my local supporters don’t even care for rap music, they just show support for me on a personal level.
I have turned a few heads around Quesnel though and I am noticing a change where more and more people are approaching me wanting an album or just to talk about my music. I like to think I am changing what this small town thinks about hip hop.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Since I am still trying to come up my only advice is to stay out of my way. No, real talk. My advice would be to not give up, as cliché as it sounds. Take the time to learn your craft, don’t just write a few rhymes, buy onto a show opening for a bigger name and think you made it.
If you are passionate about what you do show it. Work hard at it, always try to better your last project, never get comfortable, and if you are push yourself out of that comfort zone. Do not quit if you love it, it’ll love you back in time.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I have had a lot of very memorable experiences. The best thing to date though would have to be opening for D-12 at the CN Centre in Prince George, B.C. The CN Centre, for those not familiar, is the biggest venue in Northern B.C. which sits roughly 7,000 in a concert setting.
I grew up listening to Eminem, so when he gathered D-12 and dropped Devil’s Night in the early 2000’s I became a huge fan. Opening for them was a major accomplishment for me at that time. I have had many experiences opening for other big names and even headlining my own shows, but nothing sticks out as best ever.
What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by life, isn’t that the cliché thing to say? I am inspired by rap in general. I don’t think people quite understand how big of a fan of hip hop I really am. I draw inspiration from wanting to be the best and wanting to always top my last effort.
Anger is a part of life, a part which most would not wish to display but swallow and keep hidden. There are a number of moments in a day where I am furious and an angry rap song usually brings the best out of me during these moments. I grew up listening to some of the angriest music ever made, 90’s gangster rap, and I turned out fine didn’t I?
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I do not believe just anyone can be successful in today’s world of music. There are so many people fighting for that same spot that you claim you want and the problem is most do not have the drive and/or work ethic to make this pipe-dream a reality. It takes a very strong person, to not just dream, but pursue music. The chances of being “discovered” are slim to none.
This shit takes a lot of hard work, stress, sleepless nights, and headaches – not to mention money. It also takes a person with very thick skin. If you’re emotional you better stay home. Every person you meet will have an opinion and not every opinion is favored towards you. You have to be able to take criticism without turning into a little bitch and/or becoming so upset that you quit.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official Website: www.dirtyfrazier.com
iTunes: The Dirty One EP