“If it’s your passion run with it and don’t be scared to spend time and money on your craft.”
Check out the interview with Harro HiLyfe exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Harro HiLyfe: All of this started when I first heard music. I took piano lessons, played the trumpet, and drums in band. I got into poetry at a young age. I used to watch my friends the Hata Hurtas, later to be called Bullet Chain Gang, record their music and I wanted to be a part of that.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice would be to never give up on your dream. If it’s your passion run with it and don’t be scared to spend time and money on your craft. Respect the culture. Be yourself. Be original. Show support. Treat your fans right and show respect.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenges and tasks would be balancing my music and family time. I’m making sure I spend enough time on both. Being tired and trying to stay focused especially on long trips to venues to perform.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Just engage with your fans. See what they like and what they don’t like. Keep dropping music. Get in touch with social media and use it to your advantage. Spend money and get yourself out there. Promote your brand and music as much as possible.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
We have a lot of talent where I’m from, just not enough support; no open mics and no shows. We have to travel just to be heard. The fans, the ones we do get, are supportive but not enough. It’s a small town and all of Louisiana are crabs in a bucket. It’s hard for the next man to make it especially in Patterson, LA.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself in a new and improved studio. Some mixtapes and an album dropped with videos for all of them. My music on iTunes and other sites available for purchase.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My grandfather inspired me to become my own boss and build my empire from the ground up. My girlfriend/future wife Joei Bailey keeps me motivated and focused. Our unborn baby who’s on the way keeps me grinding and pushing forward.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like a lot of it, but I don’t like mumble rap too much. The beats are sick and it’s good to turn up to. I respect the hustle.
Where can we contact you and find you online?