“Getting out there in the spotlight trying to seem like the shining star in room full of night lights isn’t as easy as it should be.”
Check out the interview with Jiggy Sirod exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Jiggy Sirod: In 10th grade my friends, brothers now (shout outs to EZ, Trilla, and the whole Boss Club) invited me over to show me FL Studio for the 1st time. From then on I have just made beats and rapped to them. Fast forward through 8-9 years of honing my craft and I’m here now.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Blast my songs in my car everywhere I go so when people see me jamming they’ll want to as well. Even listening at parties or sending to individuals who consider themselves music enthusiasts. So when they hear it I get direct feedback and if they like they’re more likely to share it because they know me and fuck with the sound.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Promotion. Getting everyone to see or hear the movement in motion. I know people like my music, I’ve heard it all the time since college when I just freestyled all the time. Getting out there in the spotlight trying to seem like the shining star in room full of night lights isn’t as easy as it should be.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In Atlanta the music scene’s probably the biggest thing going. It’s what everyone wants to do. I like that there’s always opportunities if you’re looking to come up. Every ones out to get over on everyone else. Showcases fix prize nights; it’s double edge blade really.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think with the way the cultures are moving we’ll start to see music genres blend a lot. Rappers, rock stars, and pop stars all meshing into one. My opinion, personally, is that hip hop is growing and already grooming younger generations. Maybe more subgenres to make way for types of music yet to be heard.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t stop or give up, keep the momentum going and hone your craft every day. Network. Research and give thanks to the little guys. Those 1st 5 fans will support you till you call it quits as long; as you feed them they’ll eat and share portions.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything. My average work life. Thoughts from the past. My dreams when I sleep. Movies, cartoons, sometimes other songs. Sometimes just silly stuff I come up with goofing around with people.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Depends. There’s no set ritual. Grab some ganja and smooth but firm drink. I usually hear the beat and just write till my lyrics fill the time. Or sometimes I write, then hear a beat that reminds me of those lyrics and mesh them.
What do you think makes a great song?
There’s so much that goes into making a decent song or so I used to think. I personally appreciate thought out lyrics, a crisp presentation in flow, and of course the beat itself. However, it’s possible to have all those and have it not matter because there’s was no heart; no vibe, no type of energy to blend all the tools together.
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