“Paying the bills and handling my day to day responsibilities is a constant challenge to overcome.”
Check out the interview with Dr. Samuel Universal Thrift exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Dr. Samuel Universal Thrift: I would sing and write poems as far back as I can remember. I never really thought about putting my poetry to music until a classmate asked if I’d ever tried. I would get respect for my material and people would often comment how much they liked it, if not for them I would probably have given up. I continued to produce my own sound and crank out writings that just seemed meant to be.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t take criticism too hard and keep moving forward, anything worth it doesn’t come easy.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Paying the bills and handling my day to day responsibilities is a constant challenge to overcome. As a musician my head has to be in the music. My father was killed when I was 4, shot and murdered by a 16 year old kid who robbed him on the street. My mother was a black sheep of the family, so needless to say I’ve built myself on my own steam.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I hand out CDs at festivals, shows, and to friends constantly. I also found that Facebook is a good place to promote if you do it right, but ultimately handing people the CD has been the most effective for me.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Kingston, New York has some very proud artists who really haven’t shown me much love and some fans who won’t even like a page to help you out. Sometimes I wonder why, but then I get a ton of love from other artists and fans. I guess you can’t please everyone. I’ve seen the city change over the years and am glad to see the music scene alive and well.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A lot can happen in a year if things go right. I could see myself on the cover of Rolling Stone for topping the charts in multiple genres. I see myself with a piece of land to finally build my house on.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My parents are a big inspiration to me. My mother for raising me as well as she did under the circumstances and my step father for taking care of my mom the right way. I look up to parents who raise their children the best they can.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m not a big fan of a majority of the music I hear nowadays, but I guess that’s what people are spending their money on.