“Don’t sell your soul when the offers come because at the end of the day money is still the root of all evil.”
Check out the interview with ILL exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
ILL: It started with me at the age of 10 and my cousin as my beat maker. My history consist of recording my first song at Peter Wolfe Studios in Simi Valley at the age of 15 to dropping 5 mixtapes, radio spins, a Pandora station, an album sold on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon, magazine interviews, and performing with various major artists.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Putting music on social media, performing, and putting shows together in various cities and states. Hire a social media street team, create a website, and find a publicist.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A household name in the music entertainment field. To build and leave a legacy.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about this business is maintaining enough finance to invest if you’re independent. Staying consist, determined, dedicated, hungry, versatile, being able to standout, adapt, performance, networking, stamina, and longevity
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from a small town of a population of 30 to 40,000 named Danville, IL. It’s a small town, but up to speed. The music scene is in high demand in Danville, a lot of talent in music, sports, and entertainment. A slept on place that has always been the underdog, but never had a problem proving cities wrong and earning respect. Love my town.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Always put God first. Stay humble, focused, and aware. Take advantage of every option that presents itself to network with those who are trying to further your career to a successful point. Build a big enough fan base and try to become a household name. Don’t sell your soul when the offers come because at the end of the day money is still the root of all evil.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Best thing that happened in my career would be doing features with various known artists like Montana of 300, Katie Got Bands, and more. Performing my single live with Montana of 300. Having Chingy guest appear in my first video. Bringing Lil Wayne to do a show in Danville at Club Studio 25 and perform right before he went on stage.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration are my parents and my kids.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I don’t feel everyone can be successful in today’s music because music now is watered down with auto tuned catchy hooks instead of actual music with a meaningful message and lyricism.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.17shotz.com
Official website: www.Ill.tiktawk.com