“Don’t Quit. 97% of people who quit too soon are employed by the 3% that never gave up, remember that.”
Check out the interview with Harrison Wells exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Harrison Wells: I feel a lot of my musical interest came from my dad who was a drummer and DJ. It wasn’t until college that I found a passion for writing music. I had injured my shoulder and found myself depressed sitting in my dorm while the others were at football practice. I remember sitting in the passenger seat with one of my teammates and he put on a CD of him rapping, it was almost like a switch that just clicked in my brain. I wanted to record my own music.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t Quit. 97% of people who quit too soon are employed by the 3% that never gave up, remember that. It’s going to be hard, nothing in life worth having is easy. You also have to believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, write out your goals and read them every morning when you wake up.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Honestly, reminding myself how far I’ve came. I have been doing music for 6 years, from recording in my closet to recording in Hollywood, CA. I have made leaps and gains with my music career, but I find myself frustrated at times mainly because music is on my mind 24/7 and I feel I’m ready to take it to the next level yet I have to remind myself it’s a process.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Luckily when I was traveling to Los Angeles to record I met a guy that helped me get my music on platforms such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, etc. He said, “To engage new fans, your music has to be easy to find and more importantly on a platform they are already using daily.”
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m currently back and forth from Greensboro, NC to Los Angeles, but there are some strong artists from my area. You really don’t realize how many people do music until you get out to meeting new people. As far as fans, I honestly feel the people around here aren’t too fond of aspiring artists.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I am currently in the process of moving out to Los Angeles. My engineer, DJ, and mentors are already out there. It’s just me and my team that’s left. I am also working on an EP in the meantime set to release sometime early 2017.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I would say my mother; just the things we have overcome together, the things I’ve seen her go through and continue to go through. I just want to give her the world she deserves it, she has always been my biggest supporter/motivator to chase my dreams. She inspires me to keep going.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Honestly, it’s not my place to say someone’s music is good or bad. As long as it has a positive effect on someone else’s life that’s really all that matters. Now with that being said, I really don’t listen to a lot of these newer artists because of the simple fact it doesn’t appeal to me.