“As indie artists we are the label so we have to fund everything from video shoots to studio time. At end of the day it’s a hustle and you have to grind hard if you want anything in this industry.”
Check out the interview with Kid Shannie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Kid Shannie: It all began in my junior year of high school. I started recording on my laptop with free recording software and a mic I bought from Walmart. Growing up I listened to all types of music and looking back now it’s crazy to see how far I have come.
In 2014 I got signed to an independent label and that was my first taste of the industry. They helped me craft my debut LP Up & Coming and about six months after the release I got released from the label. Overall it was a great learning experience and they for sure ran me up on game.
In 2015 I decided to move to the Bay Area and lay it all on the line as an indie artist grinding it out to make it. Since then I have released 2 solo indie projects and my single “Keep It 100” featuring Tory Lanez and my homie Sideshow which will be off my sophomore LP dropping this summer.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I would say my biggest tip is to perform at as many shows as possible because you never know when that day will come when you are on the big stage or big screen.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I just want to make good music, travel the world, and meet new people.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the music business I would say is getting a buzz especially if you are an independent artist. As indie artists we are the label so we have to fund everything from video shoots to studio time. At end of the day it’s a hustle and you have to grind hard if you want anything in this industry.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I am from a small New England town and the music scene where I am from is not a very big one. That’s why I knew if I wanted to do anything with music the first thing I had to do was relocate.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
My biggest advice I would have to give to all the artists out there is keep working and striving to accomplish your goals. Never give up.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I think the best is yet to come for me. This is just the beginning. I have so much still to learn and accomplish in the game.
What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by a lot of things. A lot of the time I get inspiration from just living life and going through ups and downs or traveling.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel like if you got talent and dedication you can do anything in this music game. As far as anyone, I think not because if the drive is not there then you are getting into the industry for the wrong reasons.
Where can we find you on social media?