“It doesn’t take much for me to create a song. Usually it’ll be out the blue. For example, I could be washing dishes and a new idea comes to my head and I begin to start rapping out of nowhere.”
Check out the interview with Mo Licka exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Mo Licka: It all started when I released my freestyle to a DGainz instrumental beat. The beat was called “Go In.” Every Chicago rapper in Chicago was trying to get on that beat. At the time there was only one female rapper who rapped over it and I thought that Chicago needed more female rappers to kill the beat. I decided it was time to show Chicago and everyone else that I can rap.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use social media to promote myself such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is being myself. People always feel like I should present myself in a certain way and rap in a certain way. I have to remind myself that there is only one Mo Licka and no one could be me but me. If people love my music then they’ll love who I am as a person as well.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is all about drill. All the rappers here rap about violence. I believe when people outside of Chicago hear a Chicago rapper rapping, their expectations are that they will be talking about shooting, killing; basically anything that consist of “drill.” I personally only have one drill song, but that doesn’t represent who I am as a person.
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 feel as though right now music isn’t how it use to be. Nowadays musicians fail to have emotions within their videos and they produce music that doesn’t express who they are as a person. In order for you to make it in the industry you have to make some sacrifices.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
You have to invest in yourself. Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date, keep pushing no matter what.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Usually what inspires me to write my next song is when I am really aggravated at the moment. Most of my songs I wrote while I was going through an emotional experience. It could be anything; could be when someone was making me angry or to the point where I am emotionally drained. Whatever the situation might be, that inspires me to write my next song.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It doesn’t take much for me to create a song. Usually it’ll be out the blue. For example, I could be washing dishes and a new idea comes to my head and I begin to start rapping out of nowhere. I’ll start slowly drying my hands and before you know it I am writing a new song.
What do you think makes a great song?
From my experience, my best songs are when I am not putting too much thought into it and I am just having fun. A lot of times artist cannot create a new song because they are under a lot of pressure and they are thinking way too much. When you just relax and let all your ideas fall through you’ll be surprised of what you come up with.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?