“Show your fan base something new so they know that their favorite musician is on top of things.”
Check out the interview with Rich Roman exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Rich Roman: I was able to start my journey in the entertainment business when I released my late 2016 hit “Poppin.” Four days into releasing “Poppin” HBO got in contact with me followed by a DJ Clue based show. Once I saw the feedback I knew it was time to start taking rapping serious.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The creative ways I use to promote my music is my college as one outlet. When my school has big fairs I take advantage and promote my brand. Secondly, I use my neighborhood. My neighborhood consist of 96 buildings so I make sure everyone is in tune of what’s going on. Lastly I use social media.
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 the hate I get from certain people. People throw shade, talk down on me, have certain comments, but it doesn’t stop the grind. When people see my effort, more songs that people rock with, and how different music outlets value the product, they can’t do nothing but to get in tune.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Everybody in my hometown raps. Some people do it as recreational purposes, the rest take it as something serious. The thing I like is the music, but I hate the fact that nobody wants to work with nobody. I know deep down inside it’s a competition for the top spot, but if everyone was a unit it would be a force stronger than anything.
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 think the future of music will turn into something great because there’s many outlets that were not out in the 1990’s early 2000’s. Artists can be a part of this by making great music that can show these people why they should go on a social site at 9pm and allow that person their valued time.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The advice that I can give to up and coming artists and musicians is not to give up. As an artist there are a lot of ups and downs that will be thrown at you, but you can’t give up. Remain humble and stay focused; it comes a long way. Also remain consistent. Show your fan base something new so they know that their favorite musician is on top of things.
What inspires you to write your next song?
What inspires me to write my next song is my mom. My mom is always on my back about my music, especially the beats I use. My mom is the biggest support system out so she makes sure that we are on the same page when it comes to putting out music.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
The steps I take is staying focused on making sure everything is on point. When I write I lock myself in my room, put my phone on airplane mode, and just vibe out with the beat. When it is time to record I take my time, no rush. I can be done at the end of the session, but if I hear one little screw up I’m back in the booth just because I want everything on point.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think time, effort, catchy lyrics, and catchy beats make a great song. The time looking for a great beat takes hours, but once you vibe with the beat take time to look at your lyrics to make sure it makes sense and turns into an “ooh and ahh” type of lyrical scenario.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Rich Roman