“The future of music lies in the personalities of the artists and their individuality.”
Check out the interview with Ron Solemn exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Ron Solemn: I had just graduated high school and was on my summer break before starting college. I had always had a passion for singing in private, but one day I literally just decided that I wanted to buy a USB microphone and make recordings on my laptop. I did that and just sang covers of songs I liked from Frank Ocean, The Beatles, Smash Mouth, and other random artists then posting them on YouTube.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Mostly social media promos on Snapchat and Instagram. I’ll screenshot the track and put it up on my story telling everyone to go check it out, or I’ll actually message people (probably spamming) with the link to click on it until I get tired. I also make weird and dark obscure videos that feature my songs and post them.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting notice and recognition as an artist that stands out and has many useful messages. There’s such a saturation of aspiring artists and musicians that the world had started to pay less attention or give people a chance. I just continue to be myself and over time I accumulate more dedicated fans and listeners that appreciate what I’m doing.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Everyone does music in my area which is great in a way for building friendships and resources, but also negative because you’re in a pool of others just like you all striving for the same goals and not necessarily supporting each other, just passive hostility.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music lies in the personalities of the artists and their individuality. Though I have my opinions regarding today’s music standards, I can appreciate that people love the music they love. Artists can join in on the future by genuinely being themselves and spreading the messages they truly want to get out instead of a generic industry formula.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Make sure you work on developing a genuine fans by giving yourself within your music. No matter what, if you truly have a passion for it, just keep going even if it seems like no one cares or is listening or supporting. Sometimes people that we don’t know are more supportive than our closest folks.
What inspires you to write your next song?
A beat that is crazy but different, not your usual trap or hip hop, something with a unique melody and beat. I like beats that I can rap my emotions out to or sing something over in a soulful way. Strong emotions naturally play a role in my inspiration, anger, sadness, joy, fear, etc. I have to want to write something, not out lines down just because.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I usually spend all my time looking for the best, unique instrumentals that spark my interest to write whether that be free online ones or custom made by a few friends. Afterward I pinpoint an idea I want to focus on, try to establish a chorus, or hook, or if not, just start writing based on the emotion and idea and then the song makes itself.
What do you think makes a great song?
There’s no template for a great song really, it just is, but songs that have an amazing instrumental or orchestration that triggers energy, thoughts, feelings, etc. are great. Songs can also be great lyrically obviously, and tell a great story, but having good lyrics is only part of the battle; the song overall has to connect with the listener.
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