“A lot of people who promote my music I’ve grown to know on a personal level. It’s all about relationships.”
Check out the interview with $LEAZE exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
$LEAZE: one day my big brother walked into my room while I was doing homework, handed me a CD, and said it was from him and his music group. I probably listened to that CD over a million times. It was crazy, I never thought about making music until that moment. It was about 3 years later that I hopped into producing and rapping kinda came along when my homies told me, “I have the perfect voice.”
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never let anything hold you back and that includes yourself. Don’t get so wrapped up in the scene and social media. As an internet rapper it’s one of biggest tools, but if you don’t handle things right it can be also be your demise.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
People would rather get a piece of you rather then promote and put you on, vultures are everywhere and evil lurks around every corner in this business. I never did this to get rich or be famous. I just wanted people to feel me and I learned a tough lesson; that is that not everyone has your best intentions in mind.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Connecting via social media, be ready to invest in yourself of course but build and grow. A lot of people who promote my music I’ve grown to know on a personal level. It’s all about relationships
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is cool. I love it, but I’ve gotten more hate then love from my own city. I’m a little salty, but I’ve also met some of the best artists and dedicated friends – not fans. It’s love hate, but all in all Atlanta will always be home.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
On a tour bus making some of the best memories of my life.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
To make music it had to be the band I See Stars and the ex-vocalist is my biggest inspiration. Even though he left the band he still makes amazing music. The way he takes on life has honestly pushed me to get as far as I have today.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
A lot is iffy. The media is made up of washed up trash, but the underground scene has heavy hitters. I give it another year before underground music becomes the new mainstream.