“Realizing that sometimes I’m just am going to take the L in order to begin climbing again and then plugging what I’ve learned from that situation to get back to winning.”
Check out the interview with Draft exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Silly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Draft: I guess it started when I was young thinking I was going to be this big time r&b superstar. As for rap, I didn’t start rapping until the age of maybe 16-17. As of now I’m on my third mixtape, Accidents Happen, been in two magazines, won a Coast 2 Coast event, lost a grip of money, and somehow manage to continue making good music that I feel good about.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Three words: work, faith, and focus.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Balancing dreams and reality. Managing finances that have to fit the needs of every priority that has to been tended to. Realizing that sometimes I’m just am going to take the L in order to begin climbing again and then plugging what I’ve learned from that situation to get back to winning.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way for me has always been to put the music out and let it speak for itself. I then build off that and start finding more sites to put my music on. Nowadays you can never rule out social media, the gumbo pot of fame. In one sentence: simply put everything out there until someone notices.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
A lot of people say if you’re from New Orleans you need to leave the city because there isn’t enough opportunities out here. I’m breaking the myth. The fans in New Orleans are either with or against you and that depends on how you present yourself and how they take it in. The artists to me in my opinion are too much of the same.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself competing for best new artist, attending a grip of award shows, 6-7 mixtapes with at least 2-3 albums, signed or unsigned, a well taken care of family, and last but not least somewhere on a world tour or my own tour.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Growing up my biggest inspirations were Lil Wayne, Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Cassidy, 112, Donnell Jones, and Musiq SoulChild. Now I look up to myself for being confident and able to still do what I love to do even though I’m nowhere near where I want to be.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s some music I like and there’s some music I don’t. I will say that here isn’t as much thought put into some of these songs as there used to be. The fact that so many rappers/singers copy the same formula is pretty ridiculous. Originality is really missing in today’s music world.
Where can we contact you and find you online?