“There have been times where I wanted to quit, numerous fucking times. My ambition weighs more than my discouragement though, so I keep going.”
Check out the interview with Klassifyde exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Klassifyde: It started when I was 14 back in high school. Skipping school one day we were all, well doing what high school students skipping school do, nothing good. Except on this particular day something good did happen. A kid I knew started freestyling. At that point I fell in love with the art. After that day I never stopped freestyling.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Do what you love. Fuck what everybody else thinks. There have been times where I wanted to quit, numerous fucking times. My ambition weighs more than my discouragement though, so I keep going. You’d be surprised the number of people that are dreamless. So if you have one, hold onto it and never let it go.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Money and time. Money is always an issue because there’s never enough to do what you wanna do with it. Getting my own camera to shoot my own videos. Paying graphic designers. Getting some merchandise to start selling. Building my brand. Finding a way to actually get my music to people is another hard challenge.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I’m actually still in the beginning stages of this. Social media platforms are cool. My fan base grows slowly but surely. It still isn’t enough for me. As an upcoming artist it’s difficult for me.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Dallas, Texas. Artists get along for the most part. Hell of underrated artists. In reality though we’re all trying to be the best. A bunch of slick hate going around. Mad because other artists are doing better. I feel that’s in every city though. The fans show love you, just have to keep giving more to keep them interested.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Shooting my own quality videos. Getting some merch on deck. Soaking in as much knowledge as I can and just keep progressing and moving forward.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Life was my biggest inspiration. The struggles, the good times, the bad times. It molded my art form to be what it is today. I look up to good times and having fun. People tend to forget how to do that as they get older.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t really like the new school, but I’ll actually take my time to listen; not just be like “this is trash.” Most of the time it is though. I just think originality is so much better. Be lyrical, say something I’ve never heard before.