“I also feel like today’s music needs new topics and ways of expressing them.”
Check out the interview with Ed-Erb$ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ed-Erb$: My love for sounds and lyrics started when I was a kid, even in the womb I was listening to hit records. I started with beat boxing and banging on tables, pots, plates, and pans. Then when I took music classes in school I moved to instruments like the keyboard, drums, recorder flute, French horn, and The trumpet.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice for the young kids out there who love music is to take advantage of their resources. See your court from many angles. Know when to move fast and know when to take your time. Both patience and acceleration is needed. Also prioritizing your goals is a big one.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the hardest challenges and tasks that I had to face was self-confidence because I am a more lyrical artist. Finding people who listened to music I enjoyed and also finding good studios to record quality work. At one point finding people that would help me build my market and skill was a challenge but now I can see progression.
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 find the best way to promote and advertise my music is on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and even through word of mouth. I also use Soundcloud to promote my music and I will be getting into iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp in the near future because I hear of artists and listeners gravitating to those platforms.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
In Toronto we have a good amount of artists and fans. A lot of fans and artists are influenced by Drake and The Weeknd. If you’re more like those artists it’s easier to build a fan base. For bolder artists that sound different it can be a challenge to find fans, but it can also make it much easier to find other communities of people in your city that like a different vibe.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself with a new project coming out and a larger fan base. I also see myself on mainstream music platforms and my promotions all around Toronto and the World Wide Web. I definitely see myself growing my craft personally and understanding how and what message to share with my supporters.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I am definitely one of my biggest inspirations but other than myself, family, friends, and well known artists like Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys. Now I can find inspiration in almost anywhere and in anything. In today’s world Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Alicia Keys, and some underground artists help keep me pushing forward.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do like some of what I hear coming out on the mainstream market. I feel like a lot of artists are just making music about the same things we hear but some of them lack creative ways of talking about the same things. I also feel like today’s music needs new topics and ways of expressing them.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Twitter: @ Ed-Erb$
Instagram: @ Ed.Erbs