“If you want to be recognized and stand out then invest in yourself to do it on your own.”
Check out the interview with DrewB exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
DrewB: This all began back in December 2011 when I was a part of a rap group titled Company 1-A (C1-A) in Plant City, FL alongside my older brother and 6 other guys. Eventually the group fell apart and my brother and I decided to do music on our own. A year later he decided to join the military, so I became a solo artist September of 2013 and 2 months later released my first self-entitled EP I Am DrewB.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I definitely use the platform of social media to my advantage due to the era of technology that we’re in, but one of my favorites that I utilize the most is Snapchat. I post my stories, host a theme every night, and keep my friends and fans updated on upcoming events, music or my lifestyle outside the studio.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face nowadays is being able to keep up with what’s relevant to the consumers. With the platform of radio stations playing mainstream music, as an independent artist I have to work 3 times harder because I’m doing things on my own. Independence is bliss so in the end, I still win.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scenery in Plant City is slim to none, I usually commute to Tampa daily and on the weekends to find out if there are any music opportunities. The music I implement isn’t well received in the Tampa Bay area and I don’t like it too well because most of the music is geared towards what’s played on the mainstream radio stations.
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 feel that music is going towards a direction where people want to have instant gratification because it makes them feel good at the moment. I also feel like the truth doesn’t matter either and artists nowadays say anything just to sell their record.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t follow the trend of what you see or hear. Create your own lane so that others can see how well you stand out. Don’t rap over industry made beats because it has already been done. If you want to be recognized and stand out then invest in yourself to do it on your own. Be original.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspiration comes from the theme of what I’ll be writing about. If the idea in my head comes to me as a creative storyline I immediately search online for an instrumental so that my writing process can begin. At times I do have writer’s block so when that happens I just silently meditate for 20-30 mins and then words start flowing like a ripple effect.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I find the instrumental beat I know I will write to and listen to it for an hour, then I begin to write. Once I’m done writing, I contact my musical composer/producer James Garrison Summers and give him the beat I found; he would create one from scratch to have a sound as close to what I found.
What do you think makes a great song?
I believe if you take your time and not rush the process it would make a great song. Why is that? Because if you’re rushed then it’ll come across your vocals when you’re recording. If you take your time and memorize what you’ve wrote, when it comes time to record in the studio you can knock it out in one or two takes.