“Tunnel vision and networking. Be so obsessed with your goals and linking with like-minded talents that you win through actions, never through argument.”
Check out the interview with Kwintell Wright exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Kwintell Wright: I began writing rhymes back in high school, nothing serious. Between band and a poetry club, several rhyme books were stacked up that I still have to this day. It wasn’t until 2010 that I seriously became hands-on with mixtapes, videos, and receiving royalties even as an indie artist.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I believe in quality over quantity and letting the work speak for me. Promoting music here and there and letting big outlets spread your material is far better than tagging 40 people in a “Check me out! New music!” post or waving CDs on the corner. Spamming is a major music sin that looks too desperate. Let the people gravitate to it naturally.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Keeping certain people and things far at a distance. I’m a man of conviction now, so there’s just certain company and activities I won’t indulge in. When I do a show, I may chop it up for a few minutes after the set and watch a couple other acts hit the stage, then I go straight home to focus.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Chicago is flooded with talent, from the artists and producers to DJs and promoters. Mainstream talent scouts are finally checking for us. The Chi lacks unity though. It’s every soul for himself and that is its downfall. Too many cliques, bandwagons, and overblown egos with no major portfolio to back it up.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Who knows? Lyrical emcees have co-existed with all types of trendy music gimmicks.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Tunnel vision and networking. Be so obsessed with your goals and linking with like-minded talents that you win through actions, never through argument. People may send you doubtful energy even if they mean well. It’s your vision, not theirs.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Relatable music that never feels dated. I aim to touch the soul through the listener’s ears with relatable content and bars that make you rewind or listen multiple times to break down what was said.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It just comes to me. I never overly-premeditate it. My voice and style are easily identifiable and vary between lyrically melodic and classic lyrical. Sometimes the beat is soul, sometimes it’s alternative. I make tracks the common person can relate to, from social issues to love life.
What do you think makes a great song?
Timeless music that transcends genres.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.kwintellwright.com