“There will be a lot of no’s in your pursuit for opportunities and success in the music industry. The key is to not take any of it personal. Keep focus, maintain determination, and never lose your passion.”
Check out the interview with MrGBLAZE exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
MrGBLAZE: I was part of a music group in my school in Ghana in the 7th grade and got paid to play the bass guitar in church 5 years ago when I moved to Colorado. It wasn’t until I met Pic Mayne, an artist from Kansas City, in 2012. He got me into freestyling and eventually writing my first song. I got amazing feedback from it, and to be honest, I have forever since been addicted.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
There will be a lot of no’s in your pursuit for opportunities and success in the music industry. The key is to not take any of it personal. Keep focus, maintain determination, and never lose your passion. With hard work and commitment, you’re bound to be who you want to be.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Everything I’ve done so far was achieved without a team. The hardest part of that is taking on the roles of a manager, booking agent, and publicist all while being an artist. I don’t like to complain, but I must say that gets overwhelming sometimes. My goal now is to assemble a great team consisting of a manager, booking agent, PR, etc.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I believe there is not one way to your music. There are a lot of different tactics that have helped artists gain successful campaign results. What I like to do is combine of all those tactics to work cohesively as a strategy to achieve whatever the goal of the promotion might be. Targeted and direct.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I love Denver. It’s a beautiful city full of beautiful people. There’s actually a lot of talented musicians here, but like Trev Rich said, “Denver has always been a consumer city until now.” Trev Rich got signed to Cash Money Records. Now the eyes of mainstream music is on my city. The fans here will support you if you show them you’re worth it.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself on a world tour in support of my forthcoming album World Tour.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I always loved Bob Marley and Michael Jackson growing up. I liked the way they were able to move crowds with their voice. Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Busy Signal, and Bounty Killer are reggae dancehall pioneers I listened to and still look up to in the industry.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
To be able to be as universal as I am, I have to admire all kinds of songs. And at the same time believe in telling stories through music. Too much redundancy starts to get too old for me.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.MrGBLAZE.com