“You have to be willing to do out of the ordinary things and be willing to take risks”
Check out the interview with JAntho CHO exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
JAntho CHO: I started making music in middle school, but just did it for fun. I figured since I couldn’t play instruments, I’d write music. At first I wasn’t very good, but when I got into high school I took it more seriously. I got in trouble a lot, I was very smart but I didn’t take school serious. So I focused more on perfecting my craft. I released a few mixtapes throughout high school, I would pass them out to almost everyone in school and it was crazy hearing the feedback I got.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media. It’s amazing how technology has advanced so rapidly that you can really blow up off the internet.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become one of the most known people for making an impact on music and people’s lives. I want to change the way people think and live. I want to become one of the most influential people, a music shaman, a teacher, and a guide.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Maintaining who you are while still being able to make music. Many people get lost in the glamorous life losing their sense of self in the process. One of the hardest things is staying on top if you’re on a run, people cling to anything popular, and everything could change if you don’t stay attune to what you are here for.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
In Kansas City we have a few local talents that are doing big things. Overall we aren’t supportive of our artists and musicians though. Here everybody is focused on themselves making sure they’re the next big thing out of here.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Music isn’t easy. Everyone thinks their meant to do this. If you really want to make it in the music business you have to always think outside the box. You have to be willing to do out of the ordinary things and be willing to take risks. It’s hard to make it big, but you can’t give up. You have to find yourself, find your sound, and master these two things.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Performing for the Vans Scorchin’ Summer tour. It was insane. I got to perform during the best trick contest and afterwards they gave me a Vans 66 dog tag.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is the people I care about most. Seeing the things I go through make it hard to keep doing this. It took almost losing my life to find my purpose on this Earth. I made a lot of mistakes, it was rough accepting the fact that I was here for a reason. Everything I’ve been through has made me a better person and a better artist.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, anyone can be successful. You just have to know the right people or the right methods to present yourself to the opportunities you seek. Law of attraction is real, anything you desire will manifest itself into your life
Where can we find you on social media?