“The biggest obstacle I faced in this business was trying to maintain originality in a market that is more based on what’s hot at the moment. I was able to overcome this by staying true to the art and making not only the music I love, but also the music that I know my true fans want to hear from me.”

Check out the interview with Storm exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Storm: I began my venture into entertainment around the same time I was trying to start Storm as a brand. I was making music since my early years in high school, but after college I made the decision to push music by using the doors that opened up from building a brand.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’ve been able to push most of my music on college campuses since I always lived within a 30-40 mile radius of schools like Villanova, Temple, Drexel, LaSalle, etc. This also helped me get my music to a more diverse crowd.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The biggest obstacle I faced in this business was trying to maintain originality in a market that is more based on what’s hot at the moment. I was able to overcome this by staying true to the art and making not only the music I love, but also the music that I know my true fans want to hear from me.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I always looked at the music scene in my hometown to be very competitive because of the style or delivery our sound was branded with. I always liked the fact that it brought out the best in everyone who chose to make music. The part I never liked was that same competitive mindset made it a problem for who supported who. Growing up in a small town that will breakdown a lot of big potential.

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 in a positive direction where it’s becoming more artist controlled. It will be in a place that allows more people to expand their creativity. I also feel like streaming will continue to give the artist an easier opportunity to build a bigger fan base worldwide. Companies like Tidal are allowing artists to be more a part of the future of music.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Follow your dreams and always remember nothing worth having will come overnight. All hard work will eventually pay off. The business side of entertainment is the biggest side and by all means you must have a plan of action before you begin your journey.

What inspires you to write your next song?
I’m always inspired to write new songs from different things I see going on around me. I’m able to find motivation in different situations like struggle, true happiness, true love, true pain, or just everyday life as well as the blessings of just being alive. My desire to one day become the greatest artist/entertainer to ever live is definitely my biggest inspiration.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
My first step is letting the beat just play or going through beats to find the right sound that jumps out at me in that particular moment. If I already have a beat picked, I just format the verse while the beat is playing. I find different ways to rap over it and find melodies to shape different things I want to say. It always feels like once it starts or I get the first couple lyrics down everything just flows and comes to me easily.

What do you think makes a great song?
I think one of the most important factors in making a great song is the feel. When the record has a genuine feel the people can relate to the music much easier. When they believe your story or even relate to your story the people will embrace what you’re saying.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Twitter: @storminest628
Instagram: @storminest628
Soundcloud: @youngdiction
Facebook: StorminEst628