“You have to be willing to die for what you believe in and if the music is what you’ll die for, it will push you to new heights.”
Check out the interview with Mike woods exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Mike Woods: It started when I was a kid. I was playing around with a tape recorded with my foster brother. The next day my foster aunt had heard the tape because we recorded over one of her actual tapes she was still listening to. I just remember coming back from school and she was like, “Eh, I heard you rapping” and said it was tight. It hit a switch I’m me. I kept going until I eventually just stopped and switched to dancing and that kind of took over my life in the music scene.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way you can promote yourself is honestly networking, meet as people as you can. Tell them you’re full name and they will always remember that.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become the best version of myself that every time I see myself on TV or hear my songs on the radio, I can know that I’m proud of staying true to who I am in spreading peace love and light to the world.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I would say the hardest thing is finding the right people to trust and that will not compete with you while working with you.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m kind of a nomad. My birth place is Pomona, California, but I’ve lived pretty much all over North America. I’m currently living in Regina, Saskatchewan and the music scene is pretty huge out here and the talent is raw. I’m still pretty new around here, but it’s a place to be. It’s very beautiful.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Don’t give up, ever. You have to be willing to die for what you believe in and if the music is what you’ll die for, it will push you to new heights.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I would say the best thing is someone telling me that I helped them deal with a pain they had. It made me melt just knowing that I could do that for them.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my struggle, my inspiration is my life. I’ve been through a lot and I have been dealt some cards that most people wouldn’t know how to handle and that’s where I get this drive.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes and no. I feel like anyone who knows the right people can become famous, or if they know how to promote themselves well. I still feel it’s hard getting seen especially nowadays where you have to be doing more than just music to really be seen.
Where can we find you on social media?