“Sometimes it will feel impossible to make your dreams come true. Never give up no matter how complicated things are.”
Check out the interview with ShadyDre exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
ShadyDre: Growing up has been somewhat difficult. My parents split up when I was 6. My mother left Virginia and resided in Michigan. Things have always been rough, we never really had money and I wasn’t very popular. I always listened to Eminem and wanted to be like him, so I decided I was going to make music. I have been encouraged by friends and family. So I will continue to make music and succeed.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media is one of the best ways to promote yourself. It’s not easy work, but if you want your music out there you have to do it. Also asking friends and family to back you up and share your work. Always message people and ask them to check out your music. Ask politely.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A humble, yet successful artist. I want to make a career out of it so it can be my job so I can help my family out. Possibly help my parents retire. Also help some other family members out so they don’t struggle financially.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
It’s not writing the lyrics or making the songs. The downright hardest thing about the music business is getting noticed. You have to be good to get noticed. You also have to know how to properly promote yourself. After all, it’s about getting noticed. You can’t get a record deal without getting noticed.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s a very small town. It’s actually considered a village. There isn’t a lot of people that are trying make it into the music industry in my town. My friend is just starting his first tour. He just performed with Riff Raff in Indiana. It’s a nice little town here, but it’s not the place to get noticed.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Things are going to get hard. Sometimes it will feel impossible to make your dreams come true. Never give up no matter how complicated things are. Opportunities will open up and get shut down just as fast. Don’t let that discourage you as hard as it is not to. Always strive to complete your goals.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
As of now Skilly Magazine is the best thing that has happened. It’s what I needed for the next step in my career. It also brought me out of a little funk. Sometimes when you don’t expect anything is when something good happens.
What is your inspiration?
Eminem has always been an inspiration to me. His music has got me through a lot in life. Token, who is starting to get very popular, has really been starting to inspire me. His music is great. Sometimes I get inspired just from hearing my track when I get it back from the producer. The joy I get from my music when I hear it is hard to express.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes and no. There are some terrible artists out there that are really famous/popular when they shouldn’t be. Sometimes it can really bring you down when you see 15 year old kids making millions in the music industry especially when you’re 21 and no one knows who you are.
Where can we find you on social media?