“Always be creating. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Just do it. Focus on your quality and getting the music to sound like you feel.”
Check out the interview with Josiah Genesis exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Josiah Genesis: I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska; a place known for their local music scene. I was really into hip hop and would download mixtapes on Datpiff.com, but they didn’t do enough for me. I kept seeking more, and when I ran out of quality music to listen to I made my own.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I promote real hip hop and lyrical geniuses. Don’t call me a rapper. Rappers are attention seekers. They will do and say whatever the crowd wants. I’m a lyricist. You may not like what I have to say, but it’s going to be accurate and clever, and each time I’ll paint you a picture with the words.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I ask myself this a lot. I think I’m too humble to want to be as big as some of my idols like Eminem and 50 cent, but I know I want to be the best at what I do. Hopefully along the way I open the doors for artists who are trying to find their way.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Getting noticed. That is the struggle local artist deal with consistently. I imagine it is the exact opposite once you make it, but getting to that point where you don’t have to ask people to play your music is always the goal.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Omaha is like a mix of all the major cities and small towns thrown into one place. A variety of genres exist. Mostly in the punk rock scene. Hip hop is hardly given the appreciation it deserves and everyone “can rap.” It’s so much so, that no one wants to give the talented musicians a chance.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Always be creating. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Just do it. Focus on your quality and getting the music to sound like you feel. Make it sound exactly the way your head conceived it and don’t take any other answer then that. That’s the best advice I have for artists trying to come up.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
When I recorded my first mixtape, Post Traumatic Stress In Order, I did it in one day. It changed my whole creative process and help me find a way to express myself the way I wanted to. By the time I was done I felt like it didn’t matter if anyone else liked it because I did. That’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.
What is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by the struggles I experience. I hardly am able to write about the good times, but that doesn’t mean they don’t happen. I use the expression of the struggle to further my current position. The fact that it works is inspiring enough to keep doing it.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone can be successful, but that depends on what your version of success is. For instance, I could become a billionaire with the music I create but unless I feel like it did what I wanted it to I’m still going to feel like a failure.