“The music scene here is in a state of transition. You can feel that something wants to happen, something new wants to level the city. It just doesn’t know what it is yet. I like that. What I don’t like are the years of nothing and waiting for the scene to transcend what we seem to be stuck in right now.”

Check out the interview with Marc Montfleury exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Marc Montfleury: My journey in the entertainment industry started a few years back. I was living in the DC Maryland NOVO area and was sick of working for people and letting my art die slowly at a desk. So I moved back to New York. First finding a few bands to write songs and hit stages with, and eventually starting to produce my own shows and music.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The best way, at least to me, is your live set. Aside from that, I have used everything. I think that blogs and mixtape promoters are clutch, but also you should be able to talk to people when you are out in the mix. People want to know what you are about, but if you are acting like a bitch in the corner no one is going to be that interested.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
You yourself is the greatest challenge. Once you get over yourself and know what you are doing, and what you are doing it for, all you have to do is keep on doing it and you will be successful. The other challenge is over saturation, the way to overcome that one is expanding your scope to a wider audience. Go outside of your region.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene here is in a state of transition. You can feel that something wants to happen, something new wants to level the city. It just doesn’t know what it is yet. I like that. What I don’t like are the years of nothing and waiting for the scene to transcend what we seem to be stuck in right now.

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 wide open as long as artists are smart about owning their work. I fear this wild wild west is slowly getting chopped up for the fat cats as they catch on and get savvier. I think in order for artists to be more a part of it they need to take ownership in all senses of that phrase.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t stop.

What inspires you to write your next song?
The next minute.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
It depends. Sometimes I start with a melody in my head and I tap on tables and hum it out for weeks. Other times I will be playing around with my guitar stoned and 8 bars will come to me. Yet still at other times I come in with a plan, I want to use Cadd9 and a Bminor that resolve in some diminished E. that becomes the concept and I work around that.

What do you think makes a great song?
Something familiar. A universal theme and honesty.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: elohswag.wix.com/marcsmusic
Soundcloud: marc-monfleury-music
Instagram: @marc.the.great
Twitter: @MarcMontfleury