“Show your face and be genuine. Don’t shove your music down people’s throat. You first need to build a connection with people and start warming up to them.”
Check out the interview with Lu Hound exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Lu Hound: I worked hard and filled up notebook after notebook with lyrics and found out I was good at putting a story together. I started making songs and finally put a CD out. From there things started to happen on their own. I got a 50/50 publishing deal, clothing sponsorship, a chance to perform at the very first Okeechobee Music Festival in Florida (top 8 out of 800 artists), and even a show in Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice would be to do exactly what you would like to do. Don’t copy someone else’s style. Stick to what you know and do the best you can at it because no one can be better at being you than you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Managing everything by myself for certain. It’s a different era where artists have to do everything independently. At least I’m never bored because I always have something to do.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Show your face and be genuine. Don’t shove your music down people’s throat. You first need to build a connection with people and start warming up to them.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I love the city of Oakland Park, FL because of the diversity. I have friends of every culture. It’s very interesting. It’s the south so it’s all about the trap, slow/chill feel. People are laid back here, but at the same time we have one of the wildest nightlife’s in America so people know how to get crazy and enjoy themselves.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Doing exactly what I am doing but on a bigger scale. Bigger shows, better music, extravagant pieces of work, and connecting with people on a bigger level.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I am in hip hop and who I connect to the most are artists who can tell stories like Nas, Jay Z, Biggie, and Tupac. The list honestly goes on and on because I could enjoy an artist based on just their style like Big L and Jay Z. With Nas, Tupac, and Biggie I’m drawn more to their music.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Yeah, I respect all kinds of music. Even if I don’t 100% understand it I can always have fun with it. Being an artist I have the underlying respect for other people and what they do.