“Engage with your supporters as much as possible. They are the reason an artist can become successful. The stronger the bond, the stronger the brand.”
Check out the interview with L Blood exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
L.B: As a kid, I always loved music whether it was my grandma playing her guitar and singing or my uncles playing Geto Boys in the basement. I was always captivated by it and wanted to be apart of it. I started writing poems to deal with some of the hardships that I encountered growing up. But my first introduction to musical performance was when I was 12 with the pow-wow group Old Agency 2. As I became older, I kept writing and eventually started producing my own instrumentals but I was always weary to release any of my work until January 31st, 2015 when I received the honor to open for Jeru The Damaja. That first show was almost my last. I was so nervous that I forgot a good majority of my songs. Luckily the crowd took it easy on me and S heavy invited me back to the next show where I opened up for Classified and earned my redemption and went on to open for Stomp Down Killaz. Then I eventually opened for one of my personal favorites, Onyx (Fredro Star & Sticky Fingaz).
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Engage with your supporters as much as possible they are the reason an artist can become successful. The stronger the bond the stronger the brand.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately in my music career, I want to become an example to those chasing their dreams, that if they work hard there is no dream too far or too big.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Chasing a dream that sometimes only I can see.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
On the reserve I’m from, there are multiple districts, Old Agency, Standoff, Lavern Area, Little Chicago, BullHorn, St. Mary’s Area and Moses Lake. It’s a beautiful place rolling hills with a mountainous backdrop. The music scene is very vibrant and diverse. Every summer there’s a pow-wow where drum groups & dancers from all over North America come to compete. There is also a music festival put up by DJ Rez Warrior where you can find talents such as Penitentz, S Heavy, JPB, Tha Don, Mr. Work, and Knox. Overall living on the reserve can be difficult, with isolation, conflict, and substance abuse looming like a dark cloud. Still, there are many people within the community that shine bright shedding a light on a better way. Yet nothing comes easy, a lot of us have to go to the next town over just to get our clean drinking water. We have to wake up earlier and stay up later just to travel to school or work. Most kids that attend schools in the city have a longer day than even their teachers. If we seek employment or schooling off of the reserve, we are usually met with discrimination and racism fuelled by stereotypes. Still, even though things may be the way they are, there is no place in the world that I would want to live than amongst the people that make me proud to call the Blood Reserve my home.
What are some of the advice you can give and share with other artists who are still trying to come up?
I still feel I’m on the come-up so it’s not really my place to say much but don’t ever give up, persevere and tell yourself you’ve got this. You never know what could happen.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The best thing that’s ever happened in my career was the night I opened up for SDK. Only 2 of my buddies showed up and the venue was packed! I thought for sure it wasn’t going to go well. Even though I only had two supporters, the crowd loved my music. I’ll never forget the sound of hearing all those people cheering when I was expecting boos because of them and that experience. It gave me the confidence to keep pursuing a career in music.
What is your inspiration?
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes and no because now we live in a time when anybody can launch their music career on social media to a large scale audience. But I also said no because there are so many artists that might never get discovered due to the fact that there is so much content out there that can turn an artist’s whole dream into a needle in a haystack effect.
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