“Great teamwork and originality. A lot of artists sound the same and have identical concepts in their music. Better to create your vibe and give people a music experience they’ve never heard.”
Check out the interview with Gran Larson exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Gran Larson: It stared back in elementary school. Honestly, I never did wanted to rap. I just loved music in general. I did kick a few flows with the homies during lunch though. I started writing and recording on instrumentals with a few of the homies in high school and after a crew of people heard me rap told me I had the skills to make something happen I ran with it. I started challenging myself to get better and better with each verse. Crazy how things turn out in the long run.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Ride the vibe and keep the dream alive. There’s gonna be times you want to throw your hands up and do something else but just keep at it. Long as you’re being true to yourself and your words someone is gonna feel you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Great teamwork and originality. A lot of artists sound the same and have identical concepts in their music. Better to create your vibe and give people a music experience they’ve never heard.
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’d say YouTube and Soundcloud so far. Plenty of blogs that might dig your music is a bonus too.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Dallas, one of the dopest cities you could ever be in. Traffic sucks at times but hey, the dope outweighs the bad right? We have a bunch of groovy artists in the city like Raw Elementz, Fat Pimp, Honey Banks, and Robin Rhymes. Everyone is doing their thing and making a name for themselves representing for our city. Re-established unity is taking place and everyone’s about to make something shake.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
If the lord says the same, I’d be touring here and there giving people dope vibes they can take with them everywhere.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Listening to Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole really inspired me at a time when I was feeling down and out mentally and spiritually. They really lifted me. Even to this day they inspired millions with their stories.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel there’s a pool of artists that deserve to be where they are or dissevered to be heard. Then there’s that other pool. I like the music Curren$y has been putting out lately, even coped his album Canal Street Confidential. Honestly, I’d be happier when artists from my city get that spotlight.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
YouTube: @ GranLarsonORLS