“Overall I’m inspired by my kids and creating for them a better future showing them that they can be successful in using their abilities in something they love to do rather than what they feel they have to do to survive.”
Check out the interview with Semaj Foreman exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Semaj Foreman: Around the time I graduated high school my real first music venture came along when I was fortunate enough to meet 2 gentlemen that introduced me into Vanilla Ice out in a studio in Dallas, TX while he was in the process of making a new album and filming VH1’s The Remaking of Rob Van Winkle. I was able to share my production with him and his manger. That ultimately got me 3 placements on his platinum underground album.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be the trend. Don’t follow it, be inspired by music artists but don’t imitate them. Be you, not what you think people want you to be. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything. Success is not created overnight but dedication will get you there. And finally never give up and be patient.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I do so many different things from music production recording and mixing to illustrating designs for clothing lines and editing music videos. So managing them can become challenging at times. But truly the challenge is time and how I spend it.
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 internet in general is the best platform to use because you can take something you created in your bedroom by yourself and share it with the world instantly. Market yourself on all social media outlets, perform any chance you can, and communicate and work with other artists because if someone is a part of something they’ll promote it.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Fort Worth, TX is a city filled with talent but very competitive. The artists here have been looked over for a long time and most felt they had to leave the city just to be notice or have any progress in their career. As for fans, if they don’t know you they don’t support. When you do get true fans all I can say is nobody does it better or bigger than Texas.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Honestly, I can’t predict my own future. I hope to be in a position where I can inspire and express more of my creativity ideas to a larger audience on a major platform.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’ve been influenced by things as small as a dish washer sound to a John Williams or Ennio Morricone composed soundtrack. Overall I’m inspired by my kids and creating for them a better future showing them that they can be successful in using their abilities in something they love to do rather than what they feel they have to do to survive.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like music, well mainstream hip hop music, is becoming repetitive. It’s more coping than it is creating. It seems like the music industry has lost the sense of individuality. What I think really doesn’t matter because I feel like you still have to respect people’s success and their hard work Even if you don’t agree with or like it personally.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.semajforeman.com