“I feel like the best way to relate to people with your music is to draw from life experiences.”
Check out the interview with Speak exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Speak: It all started back in my dorm at the University of Kentucky. I met this guy who would freestyle very often. He showed me that anyone could rap, so he made me feel like I could do it after he took an interest in my voice. There was also this app called Rapchat that I used to freestyle on by myself to build up my skills right before I started rapping with a great friend. So Rapchat helped me practice but my friend Josh influenced me the most to actually start rapping.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I used a teaser video to promote the video for my song “Jiggin.” It is a song that has some dance moves I came up with, so I created a 23 second video with a plot to show people a little teaser for it. I got a couple hundred views, some likes, and shares on Facebook. I did this last summer and never got to shoot the video because things haven’t been working out.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I’ve never been the type to look cool on social media and I don’t know any tricks for reeling folks in on it. In person it’s a whole different story. I don’t know what I can do now besides talking about it because my social media is never something I bring up in regular conversation. I gotta start telling people to follow me in conversation and when I do more shows.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m not aware of the music scene in Louisville, KY. All I know is that we don’t have a supportive music system for local artists here. There are plenty of people who make music, but you’ll never hear anything about it. I feel like people in Louisville generally don’t know a lot about music besides what’s really popular and what they hear on the radio.
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 is going to be in the hands of us young guys who are entering the game or anyone who has recently entered the game like the last group of XXL Freshmen. Of course rap music is going to keep on growing, but I think people will respect music more as time goes on.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I’m not successful yet, so I can’t really give any advice. All I can say is to keep on believing in yourself, keep working, don’t be afraid of criticism or having to reinvent yourself to keep your music interesting. I pay attention to many different artists and this is what I have observed while studying music all of these years.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Anything that goes on in my life. For example, I will be making a song about this new cologne I just bought. I feel like the best way to relate to people with your music is to draw from life experiences. People love to try to be different, but there’s always something that will bring us together. I think it’s best to be authentic with it.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I’m a producer too, I usually make the beat first and come up with a hook idea based on what the beat makes me feel. I freestyle a bit to brainstorm some bars and build from it. I also mumble or hum a flow I think would fit best with a beat and then I would replace the humming or mumbling with actual words.
What do you think makes a great song?
Something that people can really feel. You can be the greatest artist technically, but if no one feels what’s going on in the song then it really won’t amount to much. I think the authenticity of feelings plays a huge part too (not so much lyrics anymore because you can literally say you do drugs and be a sober guy in today’s music).
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
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