“I would say inspiration is great, it fuels the soul with ideas but above all be yourself. Whatever that means, whatever kind of person you are, let it reflect.”
Check out the interview with Etare Neged exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business?
Etare Neged: It all started in college after I stopped playing football. My guy D-Chi was on some industrial shit in the basement of the duplex we lived in. I was always on some hip hop super fan type of shit back in the day, but never felt the spark to write lyrics until I heard this grimy industrial beat seeping up from the basement. I ran down and said, “Look man, you gotta make me a beat to rap to.” He started pulling up tracks and dropping the bass.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I lurk in the shadows to find those looking for escapism shrouded in everyday life on the streets and online. There is so much more out there when you let your imagination run wild. I exist in the minds of gamers, misfits, independent critical thinkers, geeks, cosplayers, criminals, revolutionaries, activists, any and everywhere the truth is questioned.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
There is a lot of saturation out here these days and there is a lot of good music, as well as bullshit. You have to navigate through all the bullshit and get to the good music. So you just gotta go hard, harder than everybody else. I am not talking about just content, I am talking about full on bars. I don’t do this new shit some kids dropping.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Chicago is cool, there is a lot of variety if you hit the underground. It is cutthroat though and there are snakes that slither, so you have to keep your grass short and keep your eyes peeled. Even in a city this size, you have to branch out in every direction and in every medium to reach the world.
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 think eventually the populous will tire of the current climate of music where they are focused on those telling the same story over the same tracks. As artists it is our job to ride the wave and as we create, find likeminded individuals, and groups. This mainly consists of finding a way to get your product out there to potential fans.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I would say inspiration is great, it fuels the soul with ideas but above all be yourself. Whatever that means, whatever kind of person you are, let it reflect. If you really want to be like everyone else, be the best like everyone else you can possibly be. Otherwise just be the best or die trying. Anything else you will regret for the rest of your life.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I try to paint pictures with tracks that if you just zone out to them they should generate a scene, a time and place. I can see it when I create the melodies and program the drums, they revisit me when I am scrolling through tracks to write to. Essentially they speak to me, then they speak through me.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Some days I am in the mood for a track or I will hear a track on Shade45 or on my phone that gets me hyped up to make a beat. Once I get to OverHorde, it takes a turn in the alternate direction. I always have a plethora of tracks ready to take me all over the multiverse, it all depends on what quest I wish to start when the hunger to write strikes.
What do you think makes a great song?
For me, when you can really feel the song, feel the artist, and believe what they bring to you. I try to blow the top of your head off with every song I write, give you more than you bargained for because that is what I want out of the music that I buy. I would never give you anything else than I expect. If I can feel you, I can fuck with you.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?