“Living in Washington DC as an indie artist is pretty cool because of the independent music scene here and we are close to other major music cities that have a thriving live music scenes.”
Check out the interview with iWorkmusic exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
iWorkmusic: I started as a graffiti artist in the Washington DC metropolitan area until a friend from school handed me a pirated copy of Fruity Loops 5.5 in 2005; I’ve been creating music ever since. In 2010 I started working on my first full project Lo-Fidelity, it was a 10 track EP that I released for my friends around the neighborhood. In 2011 I started to take my music seriously and released STSHbx online and around the city.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I am not sure what “the best ways” to promote yourself as an artist are, but what works for me is doing shows and building a relationship with the individuals around your city or town that have influence. Utilize every opportunity that you can to get your name and music out there.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
What I am ultimately becoming is a music mogul. Currently I create music, run STSHbx Media, my multimedia company, and a clothing line called MASSIVE Clothing Co. My goal is to be featured on the Forbes list and have STSHbx Media featured as one of the best places to work.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business for me is doing everything independently. I have to focus on the music, but I have to focus on the business as well. I have a team of people that help me because they believe in me and they do the best they can to help me.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
In Washington DC the music scene is very diverse and very much alive. We have an abundance of talented artists creating amazing music in a variety of genres. Living in Washington DC as an indie artist is pretty cool because of the independent music scene here and we are close to other major music cities that have a thriving live music scenes.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My advice is to keep going and do whatever you believe is the right move for you to make with your own career. I don’t know what anyone else’s idea of a “come up” is, but from what I have learned working in this business is that you have to learn how to adapt to change and be steadfast in who you are and never lose yourself.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I don’t have a “the best thing” moment for my career yet, but being interviewed by Skilly is up there as one of the best things of my career so far. I am still waiting for my “this is the best” moment of my career.
What is your inspiration?
Life is my inspiration. Life provides enough content for me to write about.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, anyone can become successful in today’s world of music. It’s easier to gain access to recording equipment and software, so anyone can create from the comfort of their own homes. If you have the will and desire to succeed in this business, then you will.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.iWorkmusic.com