“What I do is make a song so deep and full of meaning and leave it open to interpretation. That gets the crowd every time.”
Check out the interview with Smurf Rebel Da Don exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Smurf Rebel Da Don: It started when I was really young. I used to write rhymes and I fell in love with word play and compound syllables. I loved to make people laugh and see the reactions. After a while I just assumed that I’d end up on stage in front of people doing my thing. It wasn’t until high school that I got picked up by a local label in the club scene and started actually getting on stage to perform.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I usually perform my new stuff in front of a small crowd at one of the local spots around Las Vegas and if I get a good reaction I take the song and run with it as a single. That’s key for me because promoting an album takes an army and promoting just one catchy tune can blow an artist up nowadays.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Social media is taking over and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to stand out with all of these rappers. What I do is make a song so deep and full of meaning and leave it open to interpretation. That gets the crowd every time. It’s like putting a twist in the plot of a movie and in the end you get a cliff hanger.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Las Vegas. The music scene here doesn’t get enough praise. It’s sad because we have a ton of talented individuals that need exposure and as one of them I’m here to tell you Las Vegas is definitely in the house! What we don’t see is support from our own unfortunately. Folks in this town aren’t interested in having a hometown boy on top.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music’s in the hands of the people as well as the artists. I think in the next five to ten years we are going to see a new revolution in the arts/entertainment industry with plenty of new and exciting ways to make and receive music.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Get on a song with me and test your might! Just kidding. Stay on your grind, stay humble, and don’t give up. Sooner or later hard work will pay off and as we have seen in history a work of art can be enjoyed throughout the centuries. Create something that will stand the test of time.
What inspires you to write your next song?
My gut. I usually know I’m on to something great right away. Other times I take a while to find inspiration, but when it strikes like a bolt of lightning it comes from out of nowhere and I sit on it until it’s just right. I try not to rush it and just let it happen, unless there’s a deadline that I have to meet.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I start with either a beat or an idea for a song. I think of things that are descriptive like how would this sound or what that taste likes. Then I come with some lyrics. Sometimes the hook/chorus comes first, and other times I get the verses together first. Just depends on how I feel that day I guess.
What do you think makes a great song?
I love songs that have a beautiful tone, and mind you, beauty in my opinion comes in all different shapes and forms. I like beats that make you tear up when you first hear them. It has to draw emotion from deep within. That should always be an artist’s main focus: to draw up the emotion of the audience and be in the moment with them.
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