“Trying to make it big can seem impossible, even though it looks that way it can actually be done with hard work and keeping the determination you had when you picked up that pen and microphone.”
Check out the interview with HAVVS exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
HAVVS: I first started making music with a group of high school friends for fun. They made the beats, I wrote the lyrics. I’ve always wanted to do something with music. Inspire people and bring a new sound to the industry. My family is full of entertainers. From comedians to other musicians. As I grew up I thought to try it out myself.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media I would have to say is the best way to promote yourself. You have access to the whole world. It’s amazing how many people you can reach. Also remember to do your research, and remember to copyright your music before you send anything out.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I’ve always looked up to Nas and a few other artists. I want to become someone who can inspire as many people as they do, make music people can ride to, listen to for every mood they are in. Everyone wants to be the greatest, but the main thing I want to become is someone who can touch every soul and have them listen.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The people, it’s sad to say this, but the industry is full of fake promoters, artists, and they will steal and trick you into paying for something that is not real. This is why you must copyright all the music you make. It will help you in the long run.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Houston Texas is the place to be if you want some old school music with a big twist to it. Down here in the H we have chopped and screwed music with our own slang. It’s a great place to live. Big city, lots of great people. If you don’t mind a little heat that is.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep up the work. Trying to make it big can seem impossible, even though it looks that way it can actually be done with hard work and keeping the determination you had when you picked up that pen and microphone.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that happened to me so far is meeting the many people who are striving to achieve the same thing as me, and working with the many people who get no mention behind the big curtain.
What is your inspiration?
Nas hands down. His style to his music and his music videos stand out to me as one of the most poetic people I’ve seen. I’ll always look up to him to keep me going.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Unfortunately I can’t say everyone can. It’s possible that I cannot be what I am aiming at also. It’s all about chance, knowing certain people sometimes, and your mindset can even block you from your own success. It all depends on your own individual situation.