“To all my upcoming artist trying to make a name for themselves, stay hungry at all times. When it seems like nothing is happening for you, that’s when you go harder.”
Check out the interview with Skeezie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Skeezie: I’ve been rapping for many years, but my journey really started a couple months back. After doing this artist showcase in Birmingham, I grabbed the attention from different crowds. I also got an offer from a popular magazine in Alabama (G Magazine), it was supposedly the # 1 in Alabama, but after being featured in their magazine a lot of promoters, new fans, producers started adding me on social media sites. I’m starting to get that buzz I always wanted.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I paid for a promotion package on Spinrilla, they advertised my solo mixtape (Fame on the Way 2) I release in March of 2016. It was on the front page for 7 days straight. I also does everything professional and flood my social media with links to my music.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is stay consistent with good music. I make it seem very easy because I’m always unsatisfied with previous music that I release. So I always come harder on every new project. Just by telling myself I know I could do better, it’s like I challenge myself to make better music.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I can’t name too many things I like about my hometown music scene besides I’m happy my city finally focused on been original. I hate the fact that our local artists all talk down on each other and down one another’s career. That’s not the key to success; I hope one day my city wake up.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
From my point of view nothing’s going to change but the styles of music. My opinion is invest in your craft, master your craft, try to become great at what you do as an artist, and focus on your style . Be as original as possible, it takes you a long way. Also get connected, don’t be scared to network and meet new people.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
To all my upcoming artist trying to make a name for themselves, stay hungry at all times. When it seems like nothing is happening for you, that’s when you go harder. Release good singles with the right promotion behind it. Don’t be scared to spread your music because you never know who’s your fan until they see how you coming.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My last song, my last project, all the critics and people who never believed in me. I promise all those together create a hit. I always use things like that to push out great music.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It’s funny simply because I’m a different kind of artist. Focus on the beat you’re writing to, listen to it a couple times, always make your hook first, make sure it makes sense, and is very catchy. Then lay your verse, make sure it matches your hook, and stay on topic always.
What do you think makes a great song?
However you’re feeling during the time you’re writing is going to be based on how your song turns out. Aim for having that number 1 jam, sometimes you gotta talk about trending topics to grab certain fans. Me personally, I just go with the flow of the beat.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: Skeezie Laflare