“Most of us have kids and are tired of the influence that today’s music is having on them. We want to create music that today’s generation and yesterday’s generation can relate to, but is also fun to listen to.”
Check out the interview with Kissofrap exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Kissofrap: We’re a 5 member group with 4 male rappers and 1 female singer. Taino Tim, Sigmund Freud, Christie Cruz, Phrophecee, and Killa Karlito. Christie and Karlito were mutual friends while Sigmund, Phrophecee, and Taino were developing the underground scene. Our history in the music scene is all different.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best ways to promote ourselves is the obvious social media, shows, and email blasts. We appreciate the new wave of social media, but we incorporate the grassroots method of getting our fingers nails dirty. We believe that if we make an impression we will be more memorable. Shaking hands and kissing babies is an art that has been lost.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Taino strives to be the next Timberland. Karlito strives to be a well renowned bilingual artist. Prophecee strives to take the journalistic approach. Sigmund strives to own record label Ouddakontrol Entrtainment. Christie strives to obtain a Grammy Award.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
There’s a certain level of determination that’s needed to see your dreams become reality. You have to fight for everything that you get, there’s no stop button. You have to fight for even the smallest piece of pie. You must have faith, those attributes are the most hardest to have when it may seem everyone and everything is against you.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
We’re from New York City. There is a lot of opportunity here with unlimited inspiration. The music scene in NYC is incredible and tangible. It’s expensive and demanding. It’s hard dealing with different attitudes and personalities, but every blue moon you’ll come across people with unequivocally good hearts.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Some tips from Kor: it’s is very important to have a strong team and a strong support system. Educate yourself on the in and outs of the industry and promoting on social media. Get a good lawyer, a manager, know your goals. Stay true to yourself. Have a plan, stay focused, and don’t let opinions of others distract you from your goals.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Sig opened up for Jay-Z. Tim wrote a song that ended up on the top 20 billboard songs. Prophecee went on a college tour.
Christie Cruz can finally express her deepest, most intimate moments and share them with others. Karlito performed in front of thousands in Puerto Rico.
What is your inspiration?
Every day is an inspiration. We take the journalistic approach to hip hop music. Most of us have kids and are tired of the influence that today’s music is having on them. We want to create music that today’s generation and yesterday’s generation can relate to, but is also fun to listen to.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Absolutely, not everyone is cut out for the industry. Not everyone is supposed to be famous. Like the elephant in the room, you have to get someone to cosign you that’s connected in the industry. It’s all about who you know. That’s the most important factor in becoming successful.