“Though it is always a good way to promote music, it’s not enough to just post on social media.”
Check out the interview with Kaotic The Castaway exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Silly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Kaotic The Castaway: For as long as I can remember I’ve been an artist and I performed at the high school dances and talent shows. I put together a crew and we performed at hip hop venues all over the city. Then everything changed about 5 years ago when I began working with D-Tox Entertainment. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to perform all over the world and work with a wide range of great artists.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Word of mouth is the best promotion. My tip is to give people something to talk about. Though it is always a good way to promote music, it’s not enough to just post on social media. After the word is out online it’s best to interact with fans at the venues where your genre of music is being played.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
The final goal that I’m working so hard for is to become a musical icon who is a symbol of hip hop. I plan on spreading music throughout the world that people can relate to no matter their age, race, culture, or background. I want my name to be synonymous with success by using the power of my lyrics as a tool to uncover the truth about issues one faces.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about the music business is staying relevant; however, there’s many artists who do. As artists we have to grow and develop our styles while at the same time expressing lyrics that people can relate to. It’s hard because the next generation is younger and there’s different things going on in the world so we will never have the same experiences.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Seattle is a city known for its constant rainfall, which many of us find inspiring. Great artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Macklemore have had successful careers coming out of Seattle. The underground hip hop scene is filled with talented emcees and soul singers. Living here, life is what you make it.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My advice to other artists is to work hard and never give up. When someone asks you how good your music is on a scale of 1-10 believe in yourself and say 10. If you make music for the streets it will just stay in the streets, make music for the world. Be sure to expand your vocabulary and maintain a concept for your songs.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The greatest moment I’ve had in my career was performing in Cleveland Ohio. I had the opportunity to perform in a contest and won a plaque for best artist presented by Mom N Pop Hip Hop. During the performance in front of hundreds of people the crowd showed an enormous amount of love by cheering, dancing, and singing along with my lyrics.
What is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by emotion. I write lyrics based on real life situations that I felt strongly. It may be a friend’s death, a police shooting, falling in love or breaking up. Life in itself is inspiring. I’m also inspired by other artists. Earth Wind & Fire and Sade inspire me a lot, as well as Tupac and Ice Cube.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
If an artist invests in studio time to get quality sound and good production, and promotes themselves, there will be a fan base for that artists. Networking and the quality of sound is more important than the lyrics or content of the music. It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you work at something long enough you become good at what you do.
Where can we find you on social media?