“I think it’s tough when it’s treated as a business, hence solely for monetary gain. But if we’re giving to the world a batch of our creativity and inspiration, then I believe it’s a far more enjoyable musical journey.”

Check out the interview with Etop exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Etop:
As a kid I always watched and listened to TV musicals and then try to play what I heard on my plastic toy instruments given to me by my parents. Later on I would find more interest in the same using real and synth musical instruments to create my own music for local music artists. I’ve stuck to that and am always evolving. It’s now part of my contribution to creating a better place in the world through music.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say to stick to your music taste and goal. Create the type of music that feels real and contributes to making a better world.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Nothing’s hard when it’s through music in my opinion. It’s something that’s created from the soul, hence it’s freedom ultimately. I believe the challenges can arrive when there’s compromise.

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 think it’s tough when it’s treated as a business, hence solely for monetary gain. But if we’re giving to the world a batch of our creativity and inspiration, then I believe it’s a far more enjoyable musical journey. Currently I reach out to fans and through promotional ads of my music and its gotten steady growth in the past few months.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY and it was a varied assortment of music styles that could be heard and seen, hence it was not a big surprise that the music artists and fans that I would encounter had influences from those varied genres. It’s the same thing over here in Essex County, NJ where I currently reside in.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I can see clearly more great music and continuously growing fan base.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration is God’s gift of creativity and I look up to family and close friends.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I enjoy some of today’s music and others I have my reservations for. However if it inspires then I believe that the artist has done their job for the world to hear.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.etop.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Etopband
Twitter: @Etopband