“Don’t follow the trend, set your own trend. Just be you, the real you.”
Check out the interview with Keion exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Keion: I used to write music as kid. I think maybe around 10 years old, but I didn’t take it serious until after I graduated high school. At first I was going to join the Marines, but at that point that’s when I felt it the most to live out my dream to do music. I said to myself that I never want to go through life with regrets and doing stuff that doesn’t make me happy. I had my own home studio for a short time, then I ended up working with my friend that went to school for music engineering.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be your own person, never give up no matter what the circumstances and/or situation. Don’t follow the trend, set your own trend. Just be you, the real you. Always stay working and investing your all into your craft and watch the magic happen.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Honestly, I’m doing everything on my own independently. I’m budgeting my spending and basically managing myself and still trying to be an artist which is a very tough task to do. I like it because I have full control, but it does get really stressful at times; not gonna lie.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Twitter has worked for me in the past to promote and advertise my music because they offer ad campaigns you can run. Yes you have to spend a little bit of money, but it really does help. Or you can use this website called Fiverr where you can pay people literally $5 and they will promote your music for you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Being from Detroit there is not a lot of business as far as music like Cali which offers a lot of platforms for indie-unsigned artists. Once you build a fan base here, people will 100% stand by your side and support you. We have a lot of great talent here; just look at Eminem, Big Sean, Dej Loaf, and Tee Grizzley.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Headlining my own tour, or simply getting my foot in the door to one of the biggest record labels out there like Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, and or Def Jam Records. Also doing a big project with one of my favorite rappers like Big Sean, Kanye West, and Rick Ross.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
As a kid I would say when Bow Wow was in his prime. He was one of my biggest influence, but now that I’m grown and I can understand so much more I really look up to Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Kanye West, Big Sean, and Wale.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Honestly, I really don’t follow people’s music much. Not throwing shade but mainly because I feel like once you’re locked in making your own music and putting countless hours in the studio, you really only pay attention to yourself. For the most part there’s certain people I like but not a whole lot.