“If you don’t invest and put the time into yourself, then in the end you’ll keep coming up short.”
Check out the interview with Lyric Jackson exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Lyric Jackson: My journey started out just writing songs at a young age and as I got older I did some recording in a music tech class at my high school. I got serious about music when I joined the group M.A.D.E 4 Christ and recorded a remix to Mykko Montana’s “Do It.” After a year I left and wanted to step out of being labeled a Christian Rapper. I wanted to make music for everyone, so I started Lel Go Entertainment.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Whenever I do a new track I usually upload straight to my Soundcloud, post snippets during the recording process on Snapchat, and make trailer ads to post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I face is building a fan base and taking a lot of negative feedback. I make music I’m proud of and release it with the utmost confidence and when I get the “You suck” or “That’s bad” comments, I use it as motivation to keep pushing. I also study today’s music and blend it into my style so that way the track has the feel of what’s hot now but it still reflects me.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Atlanta, so the music scene is huge here. I like that Atlanta has its own style of music and even though every artist is different, the style base is still the same. I guess what I don’t like about the music scene here is that there’s so many artists, but that’s ok because it’s also motivation to push me to be different than everyone else.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
That’s really hard to say due to the fact that music is always evolving and changing, especially the style of music. Hopefully it will get to a point where artists don’t sound alike or take anyone else’s style because the best tool to an artist is their creativity and originality. I try my best to make songs to where people hear it, they will be like “that’s Lyric.”
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I would say never quit and never forget the reason you started doing music in the first place. So what your first show didn’t go how you wanted it to, use that experience to strive to do better at the next one. If you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect anyone else to? If you don’t promote and push yourself, how do you expect anyone else to? If you don’t invest and put the time into yourself, then in the end you’ll keep coming up short.
What inspires you to write your next song?
It really depends. It depends on how I’m felling at the moment. If I’m sad or upset, I might write a break-up song, or a song about struggles, or a love song. If I’m felling happy and joyous, then I might write a song about having a good time, partying, a love song, or just something random with good word play and metaphors.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First it all starts with the beat. If I’m feeling it or not, then the first part I work on is the hook. I usually want my hooks to be catchy so it stays on the mind. After I have the hook in, I construct the verses around that. When all is said and done, add special touches such as an intro if I want one, addlibs, and endings. Mix and master the track and watch people react to the finished product.
What do you think makes a great song?
At the top of the list is the beat has to be fire. If the beat isn’t hot, a lot of people won’t listen to it. The number one thing I hear people say is, “They may not know what the artist is saying, but they like the beat.” If you can, catch the listener with the beat then a catchy hook that they’d remember. To me if you have those two components in the song, then the song will be great.
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