“You have to step outside your comfort zone sometimes to achieve your ultimate goals. Invest in yourself because the way things have changed in the industry talent alone doesn’t cut it. It took me nearly a decade to understand that.”

Check out the interview with M.Easy exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
M.Easy
: I was into doing plays and poetry when I was younger, but I started taking drum lessons in grade school. When I was 17 I opened a show Raleigh, NC for an old school hip hop artist by the name of Cubb Rock. That kind of gave me a local buzz and introduced me to the music scene.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I personally introduce myself to listeners to build a personal connection because I feel that people want to follow artists that they can relate to. I utilize as many social media outlets as possible, but I’m from the footwork era so I also get out and pass out singles hand to hand.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
In order to grow you’re following and fan base you have to network heavy or simply create your own lane because it’s hard to get other Virginia artists to work together. Overcoming this hurdle is simple for artists like myself that get on the road when needed to showcase work and connect with those who can help my career path.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Music is not exactly big in my hometown, but it’s embraced by true music fans. I love that people acknowledge me for what I do and encourage me to keep pushing. I don’t like that people around here don’t give that extra effort to promote my music to the world to show people their support for their own.

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 the future of music is looking really good. I’m from the Biggie and 2Pac era, but I know everything in life is about evolution so you have to expect the sound and more to change. I believe that by time my kids are adults music will be unbelievable!

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I always tell fellow upcoming artists and even those just starting out don’t give up. You have to step outside your comfort zone sometimes to achieve your ultimate goals. Invest in yourself because the way things have changed in the industry talent alone doesn’t cut it. It took me nearly a decade to understand that.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My life, period, is my inspiration. I use day to day experiences for motivation and transition it to my music.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Discuss subject matter. Find production. Write the lyrics. Record a banger!

What do you think makes a great song?
Production and word play. A hot beat is always a plus but lyrics to me make the song a visual alone.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/measyakamdot
YouTube: www.youtube.com/mrmeasy914
Twitter: @measydagr8
Instagram: @mdoteady
Facebook: M.Easy