“I find the best way to promote myself is authentically. There are rappers/producers buying fake views, followers, etc. … and I find that just diminishes the outlook that people may have on them.”

Check out the interview with Nanu Alidina exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Nanu Alidina:
I’ve been interested in and part-took in creating music since I was 9 by writing poetry and dabbling on my computer making beats. It wasn’t until I saw an artist now known as Pryde recording himself in his bedroom and I thought it was so cool how people didn’t have to go to the studio to make songs. Ever since I’ve been working on bettering my sound, image, and everything else that comes along with what I’m doing and what I believe in.

Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Don’t copy others for the sake of looking cool or fitting in, make music and live life the way you think is cool. Nothing else really matters. Michael Jackson never became Michael Jackson because he copied Prince and vise-versa right?

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being completely independent is probably one of the hardest challenges I face on a day to day basis. I find that it’s one thing to be co-signed and to fabricate your exposure like that, but when you’re looking to build a fan base from the bottom it’s a whole different mindset.

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 find the best way to promote myself is authentically. There are rappers/producers buying fake views, followers, etc. but have no one at their shows, no one buying there records, and I find that just diminishes the outlook that people may have on them. Be real, network with others in your field, and build connections for yourself.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Toronto is an amazing city. The city has a different feel than any other cities/towns across Ontario. From my experience the artists coming up now in Toronto don’t really care to please a specific demographic. We’re starting to slowly build on originality and I couldn’t be happier with the sound that’s being made there today.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
It’s hard to say where I see myself in a year because some of that’s already happened within a few months, but a year from today I’ll have my EP dropped and I’ll most likely be working on another project. If the politics goes right, my exposure will increase 10 fold by then.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations, musically today, would have to be Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, and Drake. It’s quite a random list of artists, but each of them of inspired me in a way that I can’t really deny; props to them for making dope music. The only one I look up to though is God.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Most definitely. I think that no matter how much copying there is done in music today, there’s also just as much originality coming out and I’ve been enjoying a lot of new up and coming artists recently; big ups to y’all.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.nanualidina.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nanualidina
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nanualidina
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nanualidina
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/nanualidinatv