“Still at it working, creating new stuff. I’ll probably never stop working. There’s always something new to create.”
Check out the interview with Smoke is Mota exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Smoke is Mota: I’ve been doing music since about 2006. I didn’t really take it serious until about 2011 when me and my brother Cass put out a really dope mixtape called The Massacre. I started off writing music and recording alone. Then as time progressed I met others along the way who shared the same passion as me. We formed a production company named Problems Make Visionaries.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never give up. You will inspire someone along the way. Stay focused, stay hungry.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Operating independently you have to be your own personal assistant, manager, online handler, etc. as well as create dope music; there is always something to do. The hardest challenge, I think, is getting the music out to the masses on a larger scale.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Word of mouth. Networking. Actually hitting the streets and getting in tune with the people and of course social media.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Chicago. I could talk about that all day. Everyone has their own perception of Chicago, but as far as the music scene the fans are loyal if they like you. The artists are one of two things: they either sound night and day or exactly the same (if that makes sense). At least that’s the case on the underground scene.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Still at it working, creating new stuff. I’ll probably never stop working. There’s always something new to create. Something someone hasn’t tried.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I grew up listening to all music. Can’t really say I was inspired by anything. If anything I would say seeing my dad create music is what led me here. I’m not feeling anything right now to the point of being inspired. My squad PMV, I look up to them. A bunch of creative individuals.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today is as it’s always been. There was always shitty music and there was always good music. I’m rocking with some of it, not all of it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?