“My hope for the future is that we start being ourselves again as artists. Who we truly are. With music becoming more accessible by the digital age I see a potential of growth creatively. I think artists can be more a part of it by being more disciplined about their craft.”
Check out the interview with Masta-K exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Masta-K: I was always into music. I got seriously into it at 17 when I was trying to record, but I was often blown off by people who weren’t serious. It wasn’t until a friend of mine, a fellow artist named Chuck Macist, recorded my 1st CD Street Life From All Aspects. Since then, everything has just been on the go.
I grew up in a small town in Lehigh Valley called Emmaus. My family moved there from New York. I was 4 years old getting ready to play my 1st and really only instrument the drums. That’s where the interest sparked from. I currently live in Philly now.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
A good magician never reveals his secrets.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge for me, as cliché as this is going to sound, is just staying true to myself. A lot of times you have to choose between doing what’s popular and then doing you. And there’s also doing what’s popular and doing what’s right. I overcome them by holding on to the fact that the people that are cheering for me are still watching. They appreciate and genuinely like who I am and what I do. I keep those people close to me to stay balanced.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Technically I was born in Queens, New York. Can’t really complain about the music scene there. As far as the place I grew up? I can’t say it had much of a music scene to like or dislike anything about it. Even in the surrounding areas such as Allentown and Bethlehem they have an okay music scene but it comes off very trendy to me. That’s a dislike I guess. However, the venues are very well set up. If they could boost up more local talent it’d be awesome. They just don’t have much to offer local artists in my opinion.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Honestly? I have mixed feelings about where the future of music is going. On one hand it seems like a rise of the indie scene is being set to take over and one day we can do away with labels altogether. I feel like music is not as valued today as it used to be. Artists are known more for what they do off stage a lot of times then on and still sell records off of being controversial.
My hope for the future is that we start being ourselves again as artists. Who we truly are. With music becoming more accessible by the digital age I see a potential of growth creatively. I think artists can be more a part of it by being more disciplined about their craft. You have a lot of talent out there with no drive or discipline. We need that.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be consistent. Be persistent. And be wary.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My inspirations come from many things. Sometimes I just think of a topic and come up with a story to tell about it and sometimes I just think of something that happened and decide to tell that story.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
There’s no formula really. Sometimes I have a song written and then I end up getting a beat that matches with it. Other times I write a song to a beat and sometimes I make a beat for a song. Then I record it and do all the production stuff. The rest is history.
What do you think makes a great song?
A great song causes you to both think and feel. I find that most people go by feeling when it comes to music. More feeling then thought anyway, but a song that makes you do both and contemplate life to me is the song that hits every string emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. My current project that’s out, Soul of a Man, sets out to do just that.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
iTunes: Legend of a True Fighter | Soul of a Man
*Photo Credit: Sierra Smitheman