“I promote my music via social media engaging the fans with give-a-ways and live streaming. I feel that having a personal connection with my audience is the best way to promote my music. Fans want to be able to relate to the artist and the best way to that is to let them in.”
Check out the interview with Rec Riddles exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Rec Riddles: I started my journey in the entertainment business as a producer competing in beat battles and producer showcases across the country. I started pursuing my career as a hip hop artist in St. Louis, MO in April of 2015. However, I have been creating music since the age of 10.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music via social media engaging the fans with give-a-ways and live streaming. I feel that having a personal connection with my audience is the best way to promote my music. Fans want to be able to relate to the artist and the best way to that is to let them in. YouTube and blogs are great platforms for my fans to get to know me and my music.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face in today’s entertainment business is acceptance from a wider audience. I create my music through pure artistic expression and the mainstream audience may not always appreciate it. I overcome this challenge by finding the demographic of listeners that enjoy what I create. I have built my fan base off of that.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Although my hometown is originally Newark, NJ, I’m currently residing in St. Louis, MO and I am active in the music scene there. The things I like about the music scene in St. Louis is the diversity among artists. There is a real camaraderie and brotherhood amongst the artists/acts across the various genres. Most of the local record stores, DJs, promoters, and venues really support its home grown talent. The only thing I dislike about the music scene in St. Louis is that it does not get enough attention from mainstream media. There is so much talent within the city that deserves to be brought to a larger platform.
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 honestly do not know where the future of music is going; however, there is a renaissance of new artists that create incredible works of art. I feel more artists can be more a part of it by owning their masters and taking control of their music artistically and as well as in business.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice I would give upcoming artists and musicians would be to practice your craft, be dedicated, and stay true to yourself as an artist. Most artists do not know what direction they want to go in, but if you have a clear cut goal and follow through they should achieve success.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Most of my inspiration for my songs comes from my life experiences. I feel like I am the average man with above average thoughts, so my life makes for a great story that my fans can relate to it. I also base some of my songs on my dreams/nightmare. Another big inspiration for me is when I hear great work from other artists. It inspires me to create, not mimic.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I don’t necessarily have a base set of steps to create a song or a formula. My songs are created in space. It’s God’s work, not mine.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a great song is comprised of a dope beat, passion, and honesty, well written, relatable, and entertaining.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @rec_riddles. I am also on Facebook as Rec Riddles. You can also find me as Rec Riddles on YouTube.