“College homecoming is a good time to go spread your music.”
Check out the interview with Pokechop Chopi Chulo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Pokechop Chopi Chulo: Raised by pastors and drug dealers, I was living in two worlds. I would be singing in church, then go home to hell living in the slums. Eventually I put the two together and made soul trap music. As a son of a singer, I used my vocals to rap during after school detention and being a class clown I was growing a fan base. I started going to showcases and winning open mic competitions. It made me want to make more hit records.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Start gaining your fan base while you’re in school; don’t stop working.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Getting money to support my craft without sinning.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The internet is good, but you need to put in foot work in the field. College homecoming is a good time to go spread your music.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was born in Heaven but raised in Sumter, SC. I love my city, but I feel like there’s no support in South Carolina to get you to the next level. My hometown fans love my music because it’s not sugar coated, its 100% Pokechop so they can relate to the music.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself still working hard trying to get a mansion on the moon.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
God is my biggest inspiration because without him it wouldn’t be me. I look up to my mother because I watched her go from nothing to something with no help. Father’s Day is still Mother’s Day in my eye.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like it isn’t about talent no more. It’s all about the business part now. A lot of people can rhyme, but only a few people got the ambition to work hard and invest into themselves. I look at myself like I am a business.
Where can we contact you and find you online?