“The music coming out outside of the mainstream is constantly changing and evolving. Independent artists have no filters, no censoring, they are able to be honest and true to what they want; it’s incredible.”
Check out the interview with Restriktid exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Restriktid: Growing up I was always into writing poetry. I was a depressed, lonely kid and extremely insecure. I would write to cope with it all. It was music that made everything change, hard heavy rock and underground hip hop saved my life. It was years later when my roommate’s brother had a home studio in the basement where he was staying. It was at that moment I decided that I wanted to start writing again.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say not to get discouraged and not to give up. It takes hard work, patience, and dedication especially when pursuing a music career independently.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
In my position the hardest challenge is scheduling; I still have a day job. I work full time as well as travel for performances nationwide. I have done everything on my own with no management or financial backing. I am as underground as you get.
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. Push your product on any and all social media sites as well as get yourself a website. Beside online I feel the best way to promote and advertise is to do the leg work. Hit the streets with demos, flyers, etc. Either do it yourself or assemble a team.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
In Toledo, OH there are many artists trying to make a name for themselves many of which have a great amount of talent, others not so much. The artists I work with believe that the music scene should be one unit, help each other to help yourself. The fans are tough, very loyal, they back their favorite artists and are die hard.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
It’s hard to say. Hopefully on tour pushing a new album. I love being on the road.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration has always been the drive to help people the way music has helped me. Underground hip hop has always been full of emotion. I’ve always looked up to Insane Clown Posse, Tech N9ne, Twiztid, Slipknot, and Rob Zombie. The artists that have grown and made something on their own despite the constant badgering of the music industry.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
To be straight forward, mainstream music today is such garbage in my opinion. Nothing but pretty faces and auto-tune it would seem. The music coming out outside of the mainstream is constantly changing and evolving. Independent artists have no filters, no censoring, they are able to be honest and true to what they want; it’s incredible.
Where can we contact you and find you online?