“If you see an artist in your city who has a huge following and connect to their music, connect with them, ask how much a feature with them will cost. Gain some of their fans or ask questions as to how they got their following.”
Check out the interview with Nappz M¢ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Nappz M¢: I’v always been a very expressive kid and dabbling with the arts always interested me. First it was visual sketches, then it was dancing, then it was acting, then graphic design, then I started using all those skills for making my music. I figure as someone who loves music and rarely found on the streets without a pair of headphones or loud speaker, I should at least try making it as well as dance to it.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My advice to aspiring artists is to network often. The truth is you are only as good as your following. You could have the lyrical mind of Eminem or the voice of The Weeknd and still get only a 100 views on a well prepared fully thought out music video. Surround yourself with people that believe you’re as dope as you think you are and invest in yourself.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the challenges I face as an artist is just getting that exposure. You can’t just tag everyone you know on Facebook to check out your new project. Half of them won’t even look at it if you haven’t built a strong relationship with them. Plus being an artist is expensive, you better be prepared to throw a lot of cash away.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Connect with magazines that promote local talent. Hire DJs to promote your music on social networks like Spinrilla. If you see an artist in your city who has a huge following and connect to their music, connect with them, ask how much a feature with them will cost. Gain some of their fans or ask questions as to how they got their following.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Mississauga is very Toronto influenced since both cities are basically beside each other. The artists are dope here, but I feel like instead of working together to help promote each other we kind of have this egotistical system. The fans are only fans of the hype. If you have no following you’re not getting much love here.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself having a huge network of people worldwide connecting to do some big projects. I’m excited for the next year to come.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Every artist who has made it in the in the industry, whether it’s someone with the bars and wit of Nas or the incoherent yet catchy energetic style of Young Thug. I always ask myself how did they do it? My favorite artists will always be Missy Elliott. I don’t even care about the relevance her music may or may not have today. She’s my number one.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I don’t, I have some mixed feelings about it. When trap, drill, and mumble rap started to become more dominant in hip hop, I really wasn’t feeling it; now it’s grown on me. The reason why music is the way it is today is because there are people that like it that way. There are people who will buy albums with music that way. And if there is a market for it someone is going to sell it to that market.
Where can we contact you and find you online?