“Being two guys who handle everything, scheduling and funding all the projects and events. That’s what bosses do. Plus we both have kids, Trip just having twins last October.”
Check out the interview with Kocky/GSA exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Trip of Kocky/GSA: Both of us were making music at a young age, but this all started when the two of us met at a local business school. Flip was looking for a studio and I wanted to get in the studio and knew where to go. About 10 hours of studio time later we had Back 2 Basics which was basically a feature/compilation type of deal.
Flip: Now we are back with Great Since Adolescents which is honestly a few steps up creatively in every direction from our first release. It’s a great mix of hip hop and r&b. Very explicit content on the mixtape. A lot of people have told us it reminded them of 00’s hip hop and r&b and though I won’t disagree, I won’t fully agree either.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Flip: Stay independent. There are many lanes that are out there for you to be able to remain your own boss and keep control of everything you do.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Flip: Being two guys who handle everything, scheduling and funding all the projects and events. That’s what bosses do. Plus we both have kids, Trip just having twins last October.
Trip: And that’s what needs to be done if you want to go anywhere. You have to invest in your music and that’s one of the bigger investments you can make in yourself with all the money that goes into it.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Flip: So many people have blown up over the internet. There are so many options out there and so many companies eager to work with independent artists. All you have to do is research.
Trip: I personally want to hit different big clubs in different big cities and just hand out cards with a download link to our mixtape. And if you never heard of that – research
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Trip: We are in a city called Johnstown, Pennsylvania or Flood City as most locals love to call it. The inner city is small and it’s been getting pretty bad over the years, but it’ll never take away my love for it. There’s so much great talent in my city. I swear Johnstown alone could bring the soul back to the hip hop. People actually do come out to local talent events. The artist here have a lot of support.
Flip: The burgh scene is diverse. There are a lot of good bands, rappers, singers and DJs. When it comes to music from my team and that’s all I can speak on, is grind. That was 9-10 years ago and record labels were popping and the focus was different. The fans for the most are cool.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Trip: We will be releasing our first single on iTunes very soon. No date. But track 7 on the GSA mixtape will have a special version for purchase. We will hope to have built off of that come a year from now. I honestly want to have two more mixtapes out and a whole EP on iTunes.
Flip: I want to be a XXL freshman this time next year.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Flip: I inspire myself. My kids inspire me. My wife inspires me. I look up to me to be the best man I can be for my girls.
Trip: Everything he said. Expect the wife part. But the mother of my children is an inspiration. I can’t look up to anybody but myself. I want to be better than the guy I was yesterday.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Trip: It’s different. And a lot of people don’t like how different it has or is becoming, but everything evolves. I don’t listen to a lot of that though. I probably know more country songs than I do rap right now, but that’s because I’m keeping up with local and independent artists I’m acquainted with.
Flip: That’s a hard one to speak on because I don’t listen to the radio anymore. I download and stream the majority of my music. That being said, I think the music is fun and that’s what I’m about.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Instagram: @Kurtmcgirt_gsa | @gsa flip