“I believe any artist trying to come up in the industry today must have some sort of internet presence.”
Check out the interview with Rae Dubz exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Rae Dubz: I’ve always loved music. Growing up there were a few of the older guys I looked up to that were impeccable battle rappers. I was more into the poetic side of music. I was more interested in word play and rhyme schemes than punch lines.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
In today’s society the internet is key to success. I believe any artist trying to come up in the industry today must have some sort of internet presence.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I just want to be the best artist/engineer I can be. I don’t have to be famous, I just want to make an everyday living doing what I love. Fame wouldn’t be a bad bonus though.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Exposure. There are many talented artist in the world that don’t have the resources or financial means to get their music heard.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is actually a very small town. It is primarily dominated by the genre of country. It is a hard area for a black American to grow up in, especially one that is involved in hip hop. Contrary to that statement, I actually receive a decent amount of support from by area.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Never give up. You will always have someone say your music is terrible. There will always be people that want to see you fail. No matter what is said to you, continue to work and develop your craft.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I would have to say meeting my producer Only Singer is the best thing that’s happened. That man got the juice. I wouldn’t be half the artist I am today if it weren’t for him.
What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by my mother who supports me every step of the way. I am inspired by my team VBMG who I compete with to be better. I am inspired by Chance the Rapper for his love of the music. Too many top dogs in the industry are more worried about their bank accounts than the fans.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No. Not just anyone can be successful, but those who work hard, are dedicated, and persevere can be successful. It also depends on the individual’s definition of success. Do you want to be a local legend or in the hall of fame?
Where can we find you on social media?