“People listen with their eyes too. You got to be subliminal. Market well.”
Check out the interview with Ghetto Politician exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Ghetto Politician: For me music started around the time I noticed it had a real effect on people which had to be around 3 years old. However, due to the work God got me doing in the community through my movement O.M.N.I. influencing so many people, it eventually opened up the opportunity for me to start recording. So I stepped out confident that at least one person would embrace it. The only history I have on the music scene has been all local.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I think the best way to promote yourself is to brand yourself. Put what you represent on your body. People listen with their eyes too. You got to be subliminal. Market well.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would like to just know that I played my part in influencing others for the good.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business is handling the critics. You have to be sure of yourself.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Columbus, GA and we have a population of about 200,000. It is growing fast. As for the music scene in my city, it too is growing very well. We have some great up and coming artists here. Some have already solidified themselves in other regions. Plenty of competition here. Good vibes though.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I would say for them to know their target and focus on that target. Don’t try to do what everyone else is doing. Express what’s in your heart. Be true to you and everything else will chain react. But you gotta put some work on it.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that happened to me in my career was having my song “Put Some Work On It” be selected as pilot for a HBO series.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from my love of seeing others make changes in their lives for the better. And that comes in many different forms.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No I do not. Especially if they are mimicking other artist or a popular sound.
Where can we find you on social media?
Twitter: Ghetto Politician
Instagram: @Shawn Raleigh