“We feel like artists can be a part of it by creating music with other artists. Spread the music.”

Check out the interview with Smoke ONE exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Smoke ONE:
It all started when half of us were in the sixth and seventh grade. The other half of us were in their senior years of high school or already graduated. Ever since we have been on and off with music together. GBK broke up for good so we all just merged and became Smoke ONE which is pretty much the name of the gang.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
We post teasers of our music on social media. We also post around peak hours of online activity. Whenever we go to a party or are around a large crowd we rap and freestyle.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Getting more exposure and more of a following without a lot of money. The money could be better too. We try to overcome it by putting out music for everybody. We try to go with what sells at time while still staying true to ourselves. We also do as much free advertising as we can.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It’s a small town, so not very hype. Everybody’s into the mainstream, not a lot of local support. We have a lot more fans in other places than we do our own hometown. We are the only ones to have made any noise around here since like ’09. We are trendsetters because when we drop something everybody around tries to put out something similar or something to rival it.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
We think the future of music is here. Music is more popular than ever before. There are so many opportunities out there for many artist. We feel like artists can be a part of it by creating music with other artists. Spread the music.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Be persistent and patient. Look to improve your craft all the time. Don’t get complacent. Make something that the fans will feel.

What inspires you to write your next song?
The hope and the thought that any song could be the one to do it for us. We know it’s a hit and miss business, so we just try to put a lot of songs; at least one a week. We see every track as a chance.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
We’ll listen to and pick the beat. If somebody doesn’t already have a hook to that certain beat we’ll come up with one. Then we’ll decide who’s gonna be on it. There are 8 of us, so we can’t all be on every track.

What do you think makes a great song?
When you can feel the artist. Not just the beat but everything you feel; the lyrics and the emotions/vibes. It has to be friendly to your ears, a good hook is key especially in rap. I like bars and the feeling you get when you hear ‘em. I like to feel like it’s real too, if I don’t think it’s real I can’t respect it as much.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SmokeONEred
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SmokeOneRed
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/smokeone9
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCxqPMQvsn1ythGB9GBz-zsg