“I promote my music through social media, clubs, record companies, and randomly riding public transportation to share it with people on the bus. I’m very hands on and I love interacting with my fans and people from all walks of life.”
Check out the interview with Skater Dee exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Skater Dee: I started rapping when I was in prison. I spent from ages 19-27 behind bars. At first I started writing poetry to pass the time. One day a fellow inmate read one of my poems. He loved it so much he shared it with the other inmates. That eventually led to me to writing poems for other inmates that they would send to their girlfriends, wives, and family.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music through social media, clubs, record companies, and randomly riding public transportation to share it with people on the bus. I’m very hands on and I love interacting with my fans and people from all walks of life. In doing this it inspires my next hit record.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I have to say my greatest challenge is overcoming stereotypical expectations of what I should or shouldn’t sound like in an industry where lots of artists sound the same. I’m out here creating a new sound and a new style of music. Out here in San Bernardino we call this sound “Sk8board Music.”
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in San Bernardino, CA is great, we do our own thing. The only thing I don’t like is lots of it sounds the same. I don’t mean to speak down on my city or the local artists, but I do wish they would be a lil’ more creative and not be afraid to try something new.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I know music is heading in a new direction. It’s becoming more socially conscious, spiritually based, and with a positive message. We heard everything else before, and I think it’s time for the world to hear this “Sk8board Music” thing. There’s more to hip hop than drugs, sex, violence, and flashy things. “Sk8board Music” represents more positive sides of hip hop.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just to be yourself. Don’t be afraid to be creative and try something new. If the industry is going left try going right and stand out amongst the pack. Most importantly never give up on your dream and your vision no matter how ridiculous it may sound to other people.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The tough life I’ve lived and what’s going on in the world today. I write about things I love and things I’ve experienced. I try to focus on the positive things, but I’m still aware of the reality of the world. I wanna make the world a better place before I die.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I pray to God and I ask him to bless me to write the lyrics of this song and to take control of me. Then I light up some of that California golden bear and I sit down and begin to write what’s on my mind; God does the rest. I usually write about what either is going on in my life, in the world, or the mood I’m in.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think creativity, the more creative the better. I think how a song makes you feel is the icing on the cake and of course lyrics. If it’s catchy people will sing along with it. Beyond anything it’s the work you put in, trust me it shows.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.skaterdeeofficial.com