“Understand your own abilities, talents, and self-worth. Have something signature about your artistry.”
Check out the interview with Solograph exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Solograph: This all began in the early 80’s as a kid, moving n’ grooving with my family while my father played soul and funk records in the basement of our Northeast, Washington D.C. home. My history in the hip hop music scene really began in 2000 when I started freestyling on Howard University’s underground hip hop radio station/show (WHBC 830 AM) with host Malik and DJ Undadog spinning his vinyl collection.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Take advantage of free promotion with social networking (by word of mouth and internet) before you start to pay out.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I want to become that extremely talented, resourceful, and business savvy contributor to D.C.’s art and music scene for the sake of inspiring many to pursue their own talents, and if they are layered with several talents like myself, to combine those to make something even more special.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing about being in the independent music business for me is time management since I’m a DIY/BYOB dude.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Broken into 4 quadrants and 8 wards, Washington D.C. is a true east coast multicultural city. Generally speaking, the music here is frequently played live and percussively driven in a steady pocket, the rhythms swing, and bounce with the Go Go influence. The subject matter frequently relates to the streets and/or life’s struggles, but can also be jazzy, soulful, classy, and/or sexy.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Listen to artist’s interviews so as to not remake their industry mistakes. Set dates that you will meet which create anticipation for fans. Become business savvy and own everything. Understand your own abilities, talents, and self-worth. Have something signature about your artistry.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
So far, the one best thing that has happened in my career is something that will hopefully continue to happen. That is to see several fans around the world dig my music so much that they promote it.
What is your inspiration?
There are many, but hearing a new funky soulful rhythm is at the top of my list.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Not just anyone can be successful in today’s music world. There’s still a great amount of passion needed to even reach success and willingness that we all simply don’t share in common. Even still, reaching success is seen and measured through different eyes, so then arises the question. What is success to you?