“My father being a touring drummer when I was a child gave me an early look at the music business. [It] gave me the drive to follow into the family business.”
Check out the interview with Narada Vanegas exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Narada Vanegas: My start in entertainment was inherited from my father as well as my great cousin Grant Green and his son. My father being a touring drummer when I was a child gave me an early look at the music business. Being a baby around Amy Grant, Kirk Whaleum, Micheal W. Smith, etc. gave me the drive to follow into the family business.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I enjoy creative teasers for everything that I do. I’ll make like little videos anywhere from a few seconds to a minute. Other times, I just spam social media.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The lack of creativity as well as the lack of respect, especially with today’s youth. This generation is under the impression that they invented the wheel when in fact we all know there is nothing new under the sun. I overcome it by bettering myself by paying homage to those before and filling my head with knowledge both musically and mentally.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from New York, the home of hip hop. I feel New York’s one of the only few places that still holds true to the craft. The thing I like about it is how artists support one another. I dislike that most people in my city are pretentious and jealous.
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 the future of music may not be that great. If you look at the last 11 years of hip hop alone it has become an abomination. These new cats are awful. Aside from Drake, Logic, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Kanye West, myself and my boy Genesis, who else do we have?
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Do it yourself. Stop making excuses and thinking you need people. Market yourself. Another thing is to be prepared to cut people off because you are going to have to, I promise.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Feeling. I create whatever I’m feeling at any moment. It also helps that my dad and I have a studio in our home.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It normally begins with writing lyrics. Next I proceed to link up with one of only 4 producers I work with, unless I produce an instrumental myself. Finally, once I have that handled, it’s me and drink or hookah (from time to time) in the studio with lights off and candles lit. That’s my creative process.
What do you think makes a great song?
When an artist puts there everything into a song, you can see it. I’d like to add that the creativity plays a huge part into it as well. Try to think outside the box. I believe that the layers in between also make a great song; when the lyrics and production all come together and blends, there is nothing more beautiful.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.totalnzoneinc.com