“I see a lot of artists with the max limit of 5,000 Facebook friends but only interact with less than 1% of them. That can hurt you if you start to grow and new people want to follow and interact with you but can’t.”
Check out the interview with S.Pro exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
S.Pro: With me it all started in high school. I had a friend who was into rapping and wanted to start a studio. I was good with computers and knew how to get the programs he wanted. So in the beginning it really was me just helping him out. When I first started I had no clue about how music was put together or anything, so we had some ups and downs before I became productive. Then it became an obsession.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The internet is the most powerful tool. You can send a song to someone on the other side of the world with a click. With that being said, blogs and sites dedicated to music are a huge help. One of the best sites I was put on is Tunecore. As an Indie artist it gives you the power to put your music up for digital distribution to all the outlets online.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I think ultimately I just want to be self-sustainable with music. Just being able to wake up and do what I love as my job. Even if it’s not directly as an artist.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Gaining attention by far. I think with music being so easy to create at home now it has led to the over saturation of people trying to make it. Also now, artists are blowing up by sounding like other artists; so trying to brand yourself in a way that’s unique but not easily duplicated can be tough.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from the outskirts of Columbia, SC. We really don’t have a huge impact on what’s out now with hip hop, but we have many up and coming artists who I think will have great chances of breaking through to mainstream. One of the things I was always proud of as an overall music fan was the fact that Hootie and the Blowfish formed in my city.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep grinding and understand this is a business. I see a lot of artists with the max limit of 5,000 Facebook friends but only interact with less than 1% of them. That can hurt you if you start to grow and new people want to follow and interact with you but can’t. So clean some space out for people who do interact with you.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Honestly, getting this feature. I’m indie so my career is still young. I did manage to bug Grammy award winning producer Needlz until we had a few short exchange of messages on Facebook. He actually gave me advice on how to get over beat block when I was making beats and who I should send my music to.
What is your inspiration?
Music, because it contains so many feelings and emotions. You can hear an old song and remember the feeling you had when it came out and the mind state you were in at that exact time. It holds more than just words and melodies, it holds time and feelings. It can motivate and inspire or depress and upset.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
To a point. Nowadays you can hire a team of writers and a team of producers. If the audience the product is being presented to do buy the message, it won’t matter how good it is overall. Ultimately the listener decides what makes it and doesn’t.