“The things that are going on right now. Mass shootings, racial profiling, brothers getting killed, and women too, by the police. Racism is the one thing that’s going to destroy us all if it’s not truly and fully addressed and dealt with. That has to be reflected in the music. This world and the way it is right now is my inspiration.”
Check out the interview with NXICON exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
NXICON: My music career started in Grand Rapids, Michigan but cultivated in Lansing, Michigan. My mother was a gospel singer, still is for that matter. But when I a kid, I found an album that she and her group Voices of Freedom recorded. That find motivated me to pursue music and I’ve been doing it ever since. My mom was and is a big inspiration.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Observing life in general. Relationships and a lot of things are personal feelings and thoughts; things that I’ve gone through and experienced along the way. Music is really that, a combination of life experiences that you translate into hopefully something memorable.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
My greatest challenge is myself. I’m a perfectionist in the studio. Not just with myself but with anyone that I work with. Music is a feeling, an expression of yourself and if you can’t express yourself you can never be truthful. Other than that it’s so-called rappers that mumble their way through the industry with no ideas, lyrical content, or direction.
My way of overcoming them is ignoring the fact that they exist. KRS-ONE said once that if you’re going to be on the mic, say something. These imitations of rappers have lost the concept of that.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is shady here like everyone else. They have this pay to play hustle that preys on the artists, and desperate artists wanting to be seen and heard allows themselves to be sucked into that lost void of a quick shine and not a memorable performance.
My love is for the music and to perform. That’s what I like about the music scene and the fact that there are so many varying degrees and styles of music. But the fact that we don’t come together to run these shows and venues ourselves makes me not like the music scene here.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
At the rate it’s going it’s going to be diluted, dumbed down, and ignorant. My bad, it’s already there. Real artists need to make real stands and make real music that’s not just designed to make you brain dead, unintelligible, and un/undereducated. They already think that rappers are thugs and gangsters.
Real artists need to change that before it’s too late. Anybody can make a song about drugs, money, sex, etc. To say something against the grain these so-called hardcore wanna be gangsters and thugs bitch up. Real thugs and gangsters bow down to no one.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be yourself and be true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to aim high and don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is how you learn to succeed. Don’t get caught in the fantasy of the music business because at the end of the day music is business.
Ask questions, learn, research. Your music is your art and your company. Treat it as such. There’s no shame in being an artist and a business man or woman. Understand the game and then play it to win.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The things that are going on right now. Mass shootings, racial profiling, brothers getting killed, and women too, by the police. Racism is the one thing that’s going to destroy us all if it’s not truly and fully addressed and dealt with. That has to be reflected in the music. This world and the way it is right now is my inspiration.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
There are really no steps. It’s based on a thought or feeling. Sometimes an idea comes in a dream and I try to keep it in my mind so that I don’t forget. Sometimes I write first, other times I start with the track. I have no concrete formula or steps. I just go with the flow of the energy I feel.
What do you think makes a great song?
Consciousness, feeling and truth to one’s self. Being able to do a song that someone can relate to and understand. When you can touch someone with your words, that’s a powerful thing.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
I’m everywhere, literally. Google NXICON, I’m on like 30 pages or so. I’m even getting my Periscope set up (@NXICON) and thinking of doing a Periscope Special where folks can talk to me and get to know me on there.
Anyone that hits me up hears from me directly! I am adamant about making sure that I personally contact each and every fan!