“There are people in place who know what they are doing and you have to listen and still be an individual.”
Check out the interview with Dtslimmie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Dtslimmie: I started back in 2004 when Joshua Byrd aka Bakinsodabizz and I started Prospect Records. At the time we didn’t know the business aspect of things and didn’t register the paperwork. Now I know you have to invest in yourself and your business. The Holy City, Charleston, South Carolina is where it all began for my journey. I was given an ultimatum, leave or get 10 years in jail. So I joined the United States Army.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Like most independent artists, I used social media. It today’s digital era it is crucial to be interactive. I also used Street Execs for distribution and mixtape placement with Coast 2 Coast and various others. I am all over Spinrilla, Audiomack, and Livemixtapes. I’m on their as my stage name and not my searchable name.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Dealing with today’s hip hop and rap, that’s just not for me. I grew up with lyrical giants such as Jay Z, Biggie, Big L, and the poet 2Pac. So, I feel that there is no more feeling in our genre. I make people expand their mind when I get on a track. They need to relate one thing to another and use their head, it’s not for the simple minded.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Well, does anybody remember Lil Ru? South Carolina copies the style of Atlanta in many ways. Not just music, but in fashion as well. As it goes for El Paso, Texas. There is no unity. I am glad to see the success of Khalid and Evander Griim, but they left El Paso. Why, because supporters from El Paso leave as soon as their favorite artist is finished performing.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The music industry is a wheel and you have to make music that fits into the wheel as it rolls. You have to appeal to the audience, the instrumental has to grab their attention first. Then, can they relate to what you are saying? As long as artists keep that in mind, there will be successful music.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
This is a business, you won’t succeed if you think you are not going to invest money in yourself. Your stage name is your business and that does require paperwork. There are people in place who know what they are doing and you have to listen and still be an individual. If you are not coachable, you will fall shy of any dream.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Keep this in the back of your head, my father died in my arms at the age of 7. My mother passed away in 2009 just before I arrived in Germany. So this is my feelings and how I overcame and adapted to struggle and loss. I have had to rely on myself and some of the things I did to survive made me who I am today.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Most people tell me that when I speak I am already rhyming and putting things together. I go back, write them down, and see where they fit later on when making a song. To me a song is a puzzle. How do I want to express myself? It takes me a while to get going in the studio, but once I get comfortable. That is when I really start to put in work.
What do you think makes a great song?
A team and each member has their role. Without great support you will tumble.
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