“The music scene in St. Louis is currently down. I love my city, but most people would rather see you fail than make it.”

Check out the interview with Doe F.A.M. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Doe F.A.M.:
It started in the 7th grade. Back then a bunch of guys and I were making YouTube videos rapping and being silly. We then wanted to take it more serious so my cousin Jaydee started dropping songs and sure enough after that he got me in the studio for my first time and we did our first song together titled “Trappin,” produced by Trappa Don.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
It’s about networking. You have to get out of your comfort zone. I personally just utilize social media. I promote my music heavy on Twitter. I also use Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. It may annoy people but you have to if you want them to check it out. Eventually they’ll get interested and want to check it out.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is probably that everyone is into this “new rap.” You get a nice beat with nice 808s and get yourself a catchy hook with some Auto-Tune and you’re famous. I simply try my best to stay in my own lane. I don’t listen to it and I won’t feed in to it. I stick to the real wordplay and bars.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in St. Louis is currently down. I love my city, but most people would rather see you fail than make it. I don’t like the fact that most rappers run with the Chicago drill style of rap. I especially don’t like the fact that we’re not united. One thing about Chicago rappers is they definitely put others on.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
In my opinion if we don’t get rap back to what it used to be it won’t be around for long.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I would say keep working! You never know whose watching. Do it for yourself and your family. Keep networking and connecting. You could possibly make it by yourself but its better with people behind you pushing you to do better and trying to build with you.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Basically anyone supporting my music makes me inspired to do more. My fan’s feedback inspires me to write my next song. Living the struggle damn near my whole life makes me want to write music. My group members definitely push me to write music. Most importantly I’m inspired by Mom.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
If I don’t have anything in mind like a concept or my next idea I just find a beat I like and if it speaks to me I write. If not and I like it still I’ll sit there and think about what I would hear on it. After I write I show at least 2 people to see if they like it, then I’ll record.

What do you think makes a great song?
I would say your quality of the audio, how you sound, how you deliver your lyrics, and how you ride the beat. And obviously the lyrics.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/f-a-m-314
Facebook: Doe Haynes
Twitter: @DOEHAYNES
Snapchat: @DOEHAYNES
Instagram: @doehaynes
Email: doehaynesbookingandfeatures@gmail.com