“My advice to upcoming artists and musicians is to spend the majority of your independent budget (perhaps 70%) in promotion and advertisement.”
Check out the interview with Narez exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Narez: I started my journey in the music business when I was about 10 years old when I started acting and doing commercials in Manhattan, NY. It was then I was taken to the studio for the first time to lay down some vocals for radio commercials. My voice landed me a lot of radio gigs and I ended up in the studio many times behind the mic. It was then I started rapping with 2 of my friends from Queens and we started a local group called Goldenminds.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Besides social media outlets, I try to get other independent creators of video content like vloggers to feature my music with their videos. Also independent movies and commercials that can link your music to their content is a great way to gain exposure.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is having to be politically correct and say that I enjoy certain music from certain artists just to keep a positive networking environment with all sources and possible resources. How do I overcome this challenge? By telling myself that we are all artists and all artistic creations deserve a chance to be heard.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I have 3 hometowns: Queens, NY; Tampa, FL; and Colombia. The music scene in Queens has changed a lot; however, New York continues to be a state of grand opportunity for anyone that resides there. Tampa is a very hard music scene; however, with the right label and budget Tampa is an up and coming booming city. Colombia is also on the rise with exploding talent worldwide and making airwaves internationally.
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 think the future of music will be mostly lived and relived with the great music of the past since many people are not happy with the new music that is coming out. If record labels do not invest in good music then the earnings will continue to decrease for their new artists and keep increasing for independent artists.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice to upcoming artists and musicians is to spend the majority of your independent budget (perhaps 70%) in promotion and advertisement. Most artists spend their budget on high end production, celebrity features, co-signs, and high end art work leaving no capital left for the most important part which is getting your product out to the world.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I am inspired by my life and other people’s lives. I live my life and observe the people close to me as they live their life. I write songs that reflect what I live, what I personally experience, what I see other people experience firsthand.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take to make a song would begin with my most important part of any song making process which is the beat selection. Once I have chosen the perfect production for the song I think of the subject of the song. I then create a title for the song and then start writing the hook. After the hook I write the 3 verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a great song is made up of 5 components: the beat, the hook, the content, the delivery, and last but not least staying within the subject of the song and not going off topic.
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