“Step one, I find several beats that I like. Step two, I play all of them until I come up with a hook for one. Step 3, I get to the verses. Step 4, I get to the studio in a hurry.”
Check out the interview with FRE$H GUNNA exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
FRE$H GUNNA: My father Ruben Faison was lead vocalist for the Strikers who had reached success with hit song “Body Music” around 1981 when it made it to the Billboard 100. I started writing lyrics as early as the 3rd grade on my own. As the years passed on I became more deeply involved into creating music until finally at the age of 14 my father brought me to a professional recording studio to record. Ever since that day I haven’t looked back.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Playing my music for random people in public and watching them start to dance or actually listen to what I’m saying on the records and ask who it is? I say me as they stare in awe or disbelief.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Back in the day labels didn’t look at social media because it didn’t exist. Now everything is all about followers and most labels won’t even pay you any attention unless you have 50,000 followers or views. Anywhere I go I interact with the people and promote my music and they love it or I collab with upcoming artists.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In my hometown of Durham, NC there’s a lot of local talent. I like that people are pursuing their dreams, but there isn’t any real unity when it comes to supporting each other.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
It seems like it’s going to hell in a handbasket. It’s hard to find any originality these days; look at Desiigner and Future for example. When I first heard the “Panda” record I thought it was future. It’s getting harder and harder to differentiate artists from one another. Artists can be more a part of positive change by being original and being themselves.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t give up. If you are truly serious about your craft invest in it. Bring your records to the same place the major artists go so you can get that premium sound. Make sure you bring your best material.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What I feel, what I am thinking, or who I’m around. A news story may trigger memories from my past that could inspire me to write as well. There’s many different things including my two beautiful daughters who are always keeping me inspired.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Step one, I find several beats that I like. Step two, I play all of them until I come up with a hook for one. Step 3, I get to the verses. Step 4, I get to the studio in a hurry.
What do you think makes a great song?
The beat as well as some lyrics with substance and emotions.
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