“I think we’ll get back to the lyric side of it. It started like that and since there’s nothing new under the sun trends leave and come back around.”
Check out the interview with Livin Water exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Livin Water: It’s funny, growing up I battled self-esteem issues. I was so scared to speak in front of large groups. Only till I found my identity in Christ did I slowly gain more confidence. Then in my late twenties I started writing poems to my wife did I noticed I was pretty good at writing more than expressing verbally; in my early thirties I started writing songs.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Not really creative, no great ideas. Just the usually word of mouth, social media, church. When I first started I would go around and put my early CDs on car wipers. I’m still a little scared to face people; laughing at myself now thinking how much time I wasted.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Social media is a blessing and a curse. You can share music all over but so can everyone. So just to be heard one would have to sift through millions of songs before hearing yours. And the fact I am a Gospel artist, one is already judged before even being heard; so that’s another challenge.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Houston is the largest scene for Gospel rap. You love seeing these people on fire for God because rap is an energy force in itself, so the performances are great. The competition which is another part of rap brings the egos and cliques; at times it forces me to just stay away. But my love for God and music brings me back every time.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think we’ll get back to the lyric side of it. It started like that and since there’s nothing new under the sun trends leave and come back around. Eventually, if you stay true to yourself you’ll get your turn. One thing I do like is that God is being used more freely in the music.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To always measure yourself against your last body of work and not someone else’s. As long as you are getting better and growing that is the only thing that counts.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My faith, my wife, my kids, and the struggle that life brings.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I really don’t usually get inspired to write songs, it’s usually a project that’s in my heart and it’s always what I am facing at the moment and something triggers. I get ideas in my head, people start sending me beats from out of nowhere, and people start asking do you have anything coming out. It’s like a series of events that all pushes me to start working.
What do you think makes a great song?
Emotions, that simple. The beat has to be nice of course and some kind of talent. But if the emotion is there, the talent and beat don’t have to be the greatest.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.livinwatermedia.org