“The reality is there is no blueprint to this industry. You have to be innovative and continue to be focused and determined.”

Check out the interview with Steph Lamonte exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Steph Lamonte:
I started a lot of my journey by staying involved in music. I played instruments as a young kid and that developed my curiosity into the knowledge I have today. When I turned 15 I dropped my first song and continued from there.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music throughout social media with different types of visuals; short videos of me actually reciting songs, or lyric videos to get my audience acquainted not only with my music but with the words and thought process behind it.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I’ve faced in today’s entertainment business would have to be deciding on a lane to promote myself in. A lot of times the industry wants to pigeonhole you into one designated space, which can be a blessing and a curse. I on the other hand like to believe I make music for everyone and anyone willing to listen.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is extraordinary being that New York’s hip hop’s birthplace, which also makes it ultra-competitive. I love that people love the genre of music I make here, but I don’t like the fact that it takes so long to get noticed for moving in positive way.

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 already happening now. The future of it is definitely on the internet, and the only way to become a part of that is to create a unique way of capturing who you are as an artist via social media and internet streaming spots.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The best advice is no advice, and I say that because most people look at advice and say, “Ok, now I have my blueprint. I know exactly what to do.” The reality is there is no blueprint to this industry. You have to be innovative and continue to be focused and determined.

What inspires you to write your next song?
My life and my struggle inspires my music.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
The first step is usually picking a topic, then it’s picking a musical choice that matches the mood of what I want to talk about. Finally I choose a direction of how I want to approach the music, and I create my lyrics for the chorus and then the verses.

What do you think makes a great song?
Something that makes you think and something you can remember.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephen.alexander.92317
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stephlamonte_
Instagram: www.instagram.com/stephlamonte_