“Biggest advice I can give any generation coming after me is: if you’re going to do it, don’t half attempt. Go all in. A lot of talented people are sitting on the sidelines because they were scared to give their all.”
Check out the interview with Khancept exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Khancept: I started in my homeboy’s living room trying to record on a webcam mic then uploading my freshly created masterpieces onto Myspace. Totally cringe worthy. I’d say I’ve messed around with rhyming since about 2008 off and on, but didn’t take it seriously until around 2011/2012.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Biggest advice I can give any generation coming after me is: if you’re going to do it, don’t half attempt. Go all in. A lot of talented people are sitting on the sidelines because they were scared to give their all.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I think that getting your music to a wide market isn’t as easy as it seems either, there’s a lot of working parts that have to lineup right for you to get that look that gets you in the spotlight.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Like I said, this is probably the roughest area for most artists. I don’t really think there’s a best way, you just have to try to advertise in as many avenues as possible. Word of mouth, social media, A&Rs, colleges, even local radio is a good start.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
There’s not an overabundance of talent here, but the ones that stick out are definitely star worthy. My city’s like the fine line between a small city and a big town. I think the fans here are more based on word of mouth, presence, and popularity rather than actual talent or musical catalog.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully rocking a show at SXSW next year, getting a dope look from down south would be great.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Biggest inspirations were more of the not so mainstream rappers like Lupe Fiasco or even Charles Hamilton. I take a lot of inspirations from a lot of different elements of hip hop and even other genres like rock. I’m pretty into The Mars Volta or Antemasque right now.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music out today isn’t really any different than any other era of hip hop. I think there are good artists and then there are not so good artists. It just depends on what you’re deciding to listen to. I do think a lot of the younger artists out are more focused on having fun rather than sending a message, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.KingKhancept.com