“I was raised to speak up, not speak out.”

Check out the interview with SMITTY ATM exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
SMITTY ATM:
It all started in my UMES dorm room. The summer of 2010 I wrote my first verse “Shorties Say.” My brother Yung Reez showed me the way and I ran with it ever since. 2012 a blogger from Sacramento wrote an article on a song I wrote named “More Work.”

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Stay consistent, stay focused, and believe in yourself and the music. God only knows.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Promotion. Meeting the right people and knocking on the right door.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and doing shows. Always stay in their face.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Philly. I’m stationed in Crisfield, MD; the eastern shore. The fans are hard, but that’s just called for more work.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Continuing to stay independent and keep reaching for a higher level.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My father was an X; his firm teaching and discipline. My wifey and our family I could never do without. Musically: Tupac, DMX, G Dep, and anybody with something to say.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I’m enjoying it but not totally influenced by it. I was raised to speak up, not speak out. My answer is no.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/bilal-smith-1
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCkS5yevnzOlaf4hVa9gdEuA
Instagram: www.instagram.com/smitty_a.t.m