“Make something that means something to you, not somebody else. If your sound comes from you, then it will do well.”

Check out the interview with Salum exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Salum:
My first project was 93 EP. I started working on it early this year. Writing and producing was the only way I could handle that period of my life, I put it into music. Everything that came out of that EP takes me right back to my old flat and how everything felt. It sounds exactly like the decor, the weather, and the streets. It reflects it well. Some of the sounds and samples are very personal.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Make something that means something to you, not somebody else. If your sound comes from you, then it will do well. Also, surround yourself with people who care; these are the people who will motivate you to make something meaningful. I still feel like a kid myself though, so what do I know.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Making music is enjoyable, but all the hard work that surrounds it is of course difficult. It can be very draining.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Show it to people who will relate to it, those are the people who will support you.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I can see a scene starting to grow since I started making these songs I have enjoyed spending time with these people the most. Whether it’s just playing at a party or working in the studio, the energy has been amazing.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
For music, Drake has been my favorite artist for a long time. Recently it’s been Mick Jenkins. I’d say he’s the best new rapper to come out in a while. I can see a lot of influence in my own music from these guys. I always try to write openly, focus on memories and life instead of enemies and possessions.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
http://www.soundcloud.com/sa_lum