“Music is like any other job, you have to work at it to be great. Nothing in this world comes easy.”

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

SKILLY: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
FLOWERS: I began writing rhymes and dj-ing at the age of 9 in the Gun Hill section of The Bronx N.Y., which is also called Uptown. There was a crew in the area called the “Kaos Crew” which was also a chapter in Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation. I would follow this crew everywhere they played, picking up pointers on rhyme delivery, attitude and watching the dj’s technique then, go home and practice everything I saw. My mother and my brothers thought I was crazy lol. I was serious about this “thing” that was taking place BUT, not as serious as I became one night on the field at Evander High School. What I witnessed on this particular night changed my life forever. My mother had gathered about 30 kids from my block and taken us to the carnival which was on the field at Evander. There were 2 crews at either end of the field, one being Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation and on the other side was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5. I already knew Bambaataa but had never seen Flash and the Furious. I left the group that my mother brought and migrated over to where Flash was and that was it. When I saw Mele Mel, with all of that energy and just larger than life persona, I knew then that this is all I want to do PERIOD. Mel took me under his wing and from there, I took flight. I was privileged to be in that time and space with the greatest that ever did this and to be taught by the likes of Mele Mel, Pow Wow, Rodney-C of the Funky 4+1 etc is what brought me to where I am today.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways to promote yourself as an artist, I would say is to continue utilizing social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc. However, the “grassroots” technique is still very effective. Get some flyers together and start putting them up everywhere in your city, town, etc. That will create interest for to want to know who you are and then, if it’s possible, do a block party or something like that for free, that will have people come out to see you perform and from there, you’ll begin creating a large buzz and it will carry you far and wide, especially, with the support you’ve acquired from your home base.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
My ultimate goal in my music career is to have my music appreciated by the world. The music that I make is for the people and to have it loved by all, would be my greatest achievement other than my children being born.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
This is a difficult question to answer because there are many different avenues to take to achieve one’s goal in this industry. I can say this though: Music is like any other job, you have to work at it to be great. Nothing in this world comes easy.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Well, I’m from New York City and it’s pretty cool here. This city NEVER shuts down. There is always something to do and places to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The music scene is very diverse here but it’s really cool and the masses love it.

What are some of the advice you can give and share with other artists who are still trying to come up?
Never give up and quitting is NOT an option. You will get knocked down a few times, some more than others but, do not let that discourage you. Use that as fuel to come back even better the next time. An individual’s character is based on, not how many times you get knocked down but, how many times you get up!

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The Best thing that has happened in my career was my mother taking me to Evander Childs High School Field to witness the GOAT Mele Mel.

What is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by sound and life itself. I can gather inspiration from the simplest things, a car horn, the rhythm of a bird chirping, some movies, books etc. Inspiration is all around us, we just have to tap into it.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I do because in today’s world of music, you don’t even have to have talent. Just know someone high up the ladder, or have a certain look or have/create some sort of gimmick that is monotonous and repetitive and you can become a hit. I think that’s straight BULLSHIT but, thus is the state of the music industry at this point.

Where can we find you on social media?
Stephon Strader (C.E.O.)
aka FLOWERS!
HOMICIDE FLOW ENT. L.L.C.
Tel: 817-404-8701
Email: homicideflowent01@gmail.com
Facebook.com/Stephon
Twitter: @Flowers007
Instagram: Instagram.com/Flower.Cool
Web: homicideflowent1.wixsite.com/hfe1
Blog: hflowzulu.blogspot.co.uk