“My advice to any upcoming artist and musician trying to be successful and achieve success is to first believe in yourself. Don’t just jump in and think you’re going to be an overnight success, have a plan.”

Check out the interview with HustlinLife exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
HustlinLife: As with all good things it started with a dream. By being a dream builder I was able to make my dream a reality. I was able to start my journey in the music industry while I was still attending Kalamazoo Central High School at Western Michigan University college station 89.1 Wider Station, a segment of the broadcast was called T.A.P. also known as The After Party. That is where I ultimately began my journey into the entertainment industry.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
There are a multitude of ways you can promote yourself. Some of the creative ways I promote myself are business cards, collaborating with various artists, and paying for a shout out from an artist on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge thus far in the entertainment industry as an Independent unsigned recording artist is exposure. Making yourself known in an industry where only the best are recognized you yourself must stand out and be a trend setter. I overcame my obstacles by working through them persevering and enduring the hardships and setbacks I face along the way. My main goal has always been to be successful in life.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Richmond, VA, the music scene is very up and coming and I believe it has potential to become something greater than it is today. I think that if we all can come together as artists and support each other in our musical endeavors we’d be more successful as entertainers instead of tearing each other down.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is going to be in the hands of the youth. Save the music by showing young aspiring artists that it is okay if you play a musical instrument. Another way artists can be more active it by putting on free concerts that will benefit the children’s music programs in school.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice to any upcoming artist and musician trying to be successful and achieve success is to first believe in yourself. Don’t just jump in and think you’re going to be an overnight success, have a plan. I gave myself a 5 year plan and this is my 4th year. The Hardest thing to do is give up for all the wrong reasons. Never give in to peer pressure or negative responses.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything the world around me inspires me.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Step one: get in touch with your engineer if possible, if not find a background instrumental you like and contact the person who produced it and make a solid record. Step two: understand you can’t get too emotionally attached to your songs, people will criticize. Don’t let it break you, accept it and move on. When you’re finally ready go record and don’t look back.

What do you think makes a great song?
When it comes from within your soul and you only want what’s best for the song to be heard as it was written.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
You can contact me here for features and business inquiries at austinanthonyjones1@gmail.com.

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