“I feel artists need to start working together and helping each other out, that way we control what happens in music and not the media.”
Check out the interview with Osyrus exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Osyrus: I was in a lot of trouble when I was younger and being away for long periods of time not being able to depend or trust anyone I had to find a way to speak and vent. That’s how I started writing hip hop. From there on I started writing, networking, finding studios, and eventually the opportunity came up to start performing and battling after my first mixtape When Gold Decays.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Definitely Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Now we are starting to release a lot of videos and actually released the first video in our episode series called “The Process” which pretty much is behind the scenes showing people who we really are. Our mission is to show anyone can do anything they work hard to for.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting mass exposure. The best way I can overcome this is by putting out more material, networking as best as I can at my shows, and submitting to blogs.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In my hometown Chalfont, which is outside Philly, we have a lot of competition with rappers and producers. Everything mainly happens in Philly so we have a big city with lots of people and everyone wants to one up each other. I do like that people will try to get you on if they see real potential.
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 music is something that could be the voice of culture and it is but is steering in the wrong direction. I feel artists need to start working together and helping each other out, that way we control what happens in music and not the media.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Definitely find a solid team of loyal ride or die homies. Get everyone to learn something specific and believe in each other especially when it seems like nothing will ever happen because that’s when something always does.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Whatever I see in life; usually I write from my emotions and experiences.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I gotta have cigs and either a coffee or some type of liquor. I start by lighting a blunt with my drink in hand and I listen to songs that inspire me until I finish blunt. Then I smoke a cig and come up with opening bars.
What do you think makes a great song?
A great song has got to have soul, delivery, lyricism, heart, and passion. A good hook always and good transitions beat wise and vocally into different parts of songs.