“Work hard, but don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Too many people get so caught up at the end goal and get frustrated when it doesn’t happen right away.”
Check out the interview with Focus exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Focus: I’ve always been into music. I actually originally wanted to be a rock singer, but when I was 13 my mom showed me the movie 8 Mile and I immediately fell in love with hip hop. I started uploading covers of Eminem and 50 Cent songs onto YouTube and slowly progressed into writing my own songs. The rest is history.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Work hard, but don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Too many people get so caught up at the end goal and get frustrated when it doesn’t happen right away. Have the determination to get to that end point, but enjoy the time it takes to get there.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
It’s honestly just trying to get heard. I always discovered music (and still do) through word of mouth and YouTube channels. I’ve never been into the blog scene, so it’s been rough trying to learn which ones to reach out to and how to do so. I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it though.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Consistency. I’m always releasing new music and always reaching out to promoters. I’m trying to always be in their face so I can’t go unnoticed.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Boulder, Colorado. I love this city, it’s good vibes everywhere you go. Every artist is a hard worker, and every fan is die hard.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
To be honest, I’m not sure. I hope to be at a point where I can do my own headlining shows throughout the country and be able to pull in small groups of fans, but I don’t think too much about all of that. I just try to make the best music I can.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Definitely Russ and Abstract, those guys are always putting out hit after hit. My full list would be too long, but my top five outside of Russ and Abstract would have to be Cam Meekins, Billy Joel, Eminem, Croosh, and Antix.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love it. I find the mainstream to be mostly super average, but the underground is killing it. Hip hop isn’t dead, people are just looking for it in all the wrong places.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.hiimfocus.com