“… I often forget that it takes time to be on that level and there’s a lot of steps that come with the understanding of getting there.”
Check out the interview with Sabali exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online. Photo by @arvinablang.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Sabali: It all started with freestyle Fridays at my old high school. I used to rap before that with my brothers, but I never took it seriously until I recorded actual songs with my close friend and brothers.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Other than doing shows, social media, especially Instagram, is the place to be. Our generation has this advantage that wasn’t available before, so this is not for granted.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I think the problem I and many artists face is the battle of patience. I want to be at a level where I get huge platforms and constant shows with sponsors and all that good stuff, but I often forget that it takes time to be on that level and there’s a lot of steps that come with the understanding of getting there.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Growing up in my area I had no idea that there was so much talent until I got older. It’s one of the main reasons why I love my area to be honest. A factor that I think we can improve on is setting aside our egos and coming together to work on music. Toronto is known for this, but we’re working on it.
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 is in the future of us. Meaning, wherever we go as a society music is bound to follow. I feel artists can manifest this by understanding the culture of music, specifically hip hop.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
There’s three things every artist should worship: (1) Never underestimate yourself; (2) Your lows will make you great with patience; and (3) Give thanks to God and never give up no matter what fam.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I feel like this question should be answered in terms of inspiration for songs in general. Certain events and life in general are major inspirations, but I also get inspired by games, shows, etc.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I like to search for a theme first. After I find a theme I like to choose a color that corresponds with the theme. This is my usual process but such is not always the case. Sometimes I freestyle hook ideas and verses, and then the theme plus the color comes later.
What do you think makes a great song?
A song that feels true to you, and if you got a catchy song like “Bad & Bougie” work with that too.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?