“Many artist I know will not spend money on music unless they are making it, but guess what, you have to spend money to make money.”
Check out the interview with Prophic exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Prophic: I started to get into music when I was 15 years old. I loved the art of hip hop the first time I ever heard it. I started making beats and producing songs with my friends in my basement and that was the beginning of my music career. After about 4 months I started to write verses and practice them every day. Now I write music, perform shows, manage artists, and run a home studio called Prophic Productions.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I believe one of the best ways to promote yourself as an artist is to stay very active in social media. Think outside the box for new ways to trend and stay consistent with your music; involve your fans in your decisions for music. Make sure you are always promoting your projects and speaking to your fans about your plans.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to manage a team of artists and run my own label. I want to be the person who can provide opportunity and knowledge to artists that want to succeed but need the direction to help make that happen. This is basically what I am doing on a day to day basis right now.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
This question can vary depending on the person. For me, one of the hardest things about being in the music industry is finding the time to spend with my family while managing artists and still creating my own music. There is just not enough time in the day and it is hard to make the sacrifices necessary.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I live on Cape Cod. The music scene is a bit lacking, we really need to travel to Boston for shows and concerts. We do have one club that does hip hop shows, but it is very far and few in between. This makes it hard for an artists to further their skills and be discovered without traveling.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
The biggest thing I would say is don’t be afraid to spend money to educate yourself in this business and do not be afraid to fail. That is how you learn best and to fix your mistakes. Many artist I know will not spend money on music unless they are making it, but guess what, you have to spend money to make money.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Winning a 4 year contract for a TV film placement, doing a song for Neil Smith (the drummer from Alice Cooper), and being featured in a Russian mob movie was also really cool. I would say the best thing that has happened in my career was when I built my home studio and started getting all the local artists to work together
What is your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is all of my artists and clients that surround me and look up to my work. These guys keep me motivated to make sure we all work hard and make a living off our music; it is the most important thing to me. I feel so incredibly respected and honored that my guys have so much faith in everything I am doing.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, I think anyone who works hard can become successful today. We are in a day and age that has never been seen before in the music industry. As much as I hate to say this, even in the most respectful manor I can, even artists with very little talent can become famous and make it in the biz.
Where can we find you on social media?
Official website: www.prophicmusic.com