“I don’t want to get comfortable, you get comfortable and you get lazy. You get lazy and you become mediocre.”
Check out the interview with $coota exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
$coota: I and Christopher Atkins known as Cashius decided the world and music business would change with Prezidential Gang. The story of Prezidential Gang is not a long drawn out sympathetic story nor is it themed. We have learned from the ground up, making mistakes, learning from them, and becoming stronger with each obstacle. Every member of Prezidential Gang is family and we treat each other with great respect.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I believe my best advice would be to first of all stay of trouble and to stay focused on your goal at hand. Growing up I had to understand that nothing comes overnight but a dream, and if you are passionate about that dream you have to do what you have to do to make that dream a reality.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Some of the challenges I have faced being an artist are staying consistent and motivated to keep going. Sometimes when you are the underdog people look at you like you are just another “artist.” Another huge issue that I have sometimes is finding other artists or people in general that are as serious as I am about the music industry.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way I personally believe to promote is a great team of people behind you. My management makes sure me and Prezidential Gang’s social media accounts are always updated. Another great way for me with promotion is making sure I interact with my fans and listeners because I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now without them.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The city I’m in is quite a small city. I’m originally from Orlando, FL, but I relocated to Albany, GA, and it’s been hard. I’ve made a way for myself. It’s actually where I met most of the people that are actually on my campaign. The local support I have in Albany is great and it’s always good vibes when I’m around other local artists.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today? I see myself still grinding, still hungry for more, still looking for a better opportunity, still chasing my dreams, and still with my brothers. I don’t want to get comfortable, you get comfortable and you get lazy. You get lazy and you become mediocre. Mediocrity is created by fear, lack of interest, and comfort; that will not to be me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration would be the people behind me, the people who made mistakes which let me learn from them. My own skin color because that lets me know I can do whatever I put my mind to, not being arrogant but confident. And as far as role models go, I really don’t have any.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Today’s music has honestly changed a lot from what I was listening to when I was coming up. There’s a few artists that I do like here and there, but I can’t sugar coat my answer. For the most case I’m not really a big fan of today’s music. I feel like certain artists now don’t have to have talent to get a deal.