“I feel like artists can be more a part of music by studying music … Music is so complex and simple at the same time, but I feel if people understood music’s concepts at the base it would allow people to become even more deeply connected to it.”

Check out the interview with Donté exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Donté:
I’ve always been around music. As a kid my father owned a studio and my older cousins were a rap duo. I guess it started there in my youth. I didn’t really start rapping until I was in my early teens, even though I always wrote poetry. I actually didn’t record my first song until I was 19, I’m somewhat of a late bloomer. After a good friend of mine passed away I decided it was time to take things a bit more seriously. He had a lot of faith in me.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music by performing new songs at events, by snap chatting clips of songs I like, and just trying to make as much content as possible and sharing it. Being visible in my avenues is key.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think my greatest challenge is utilizing social media and assembling a team. I do my best to overcome those things by exerting my energy and searching for opportunities in anything I do. Every time I have new content I try to post. At every event I try to meet new people and connect every time.

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 my hometown is very unique. There are pockets of extreme talent, but the artists are so spread out that sometimes they get lost in the mix. I like that it’s easy to fall back and work and no one will miss you, but I hate that everyone is so closed off and cliquey. It makes it hard to grow your brand organically.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I have no clue where music is going; music is very lucid and changes often. I feel like artists can be more a part of music by studying music. Not a genre but music itself. Music is so complex and simple at the same time, but I feel if people understood music’s concepts at the base it would allow people to become even more deeply connected to it.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The most important things to me are to believe in yourself without a shadow of a doubt, be professional as possible, and network. Don’t think people are supposed to just know who you are or should do favors for you. Be humble and never give up. Do as much as you possibly can and take things day by day.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life experiences and energies. I’m very sensitive to energy from my encounters in life with people and situations, so many things can inspire the urge to make music. The best thing for me is new situations and places. Creative energies always come from those things

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually write to instrumentals instead of endless aimless writing. I feel like every beat has its own message and speaks to me differently. I listen a few times, freestyle a bit, and take pieces of what I spit to make a song. Energy from life is also very important because that can shape my song topic or how I write so I like to write in different moods or spaces.

What do you think makes a great song?
It really just depends. It could be a beat, lyrics, or feel but obviously a combination of all three would be best. When you blend those things together you get something really special.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
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