“Working around the life you already have outside of your career. Your career is deemed your life’s work and that may be true, but in all reality you have an actually life to live aside from that.”
Check out the interview with Ta Breez exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Ta Breez: It’s actually a pretty weird story. I’d say it was around 8th grade, AOL was quite popular back. I was talking to this girl and I was just saying funny things and they managed to rhyme. So I said, “I think I should try rapping. I might be good at it.” During that time I had discovered dancing too. I had a talk with my lil bro who I’m co-founder with of our team The Congregation, one thing lead to another and here I am 12 years in.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
One of the best ways of course is to hit the internet. You make a hell of a lot of digital fans just off of consistency you know? Another effective way to promote yourself is spread flyers out, business cards, posters, and word of mouth to get them to see exactly who it is they are listening to.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Successful. Simple. I think I can speak for a mass demographic and say that nobody in life doesn’t want to become successful in what they do. I just want to be recognized for my work.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
Working around the life you already have outside of your career. Your career is deemed your life’s work and that may be true, but in all reality you have an actually life to live aside from that. You’re still human at the end of the day, so adjusting to your true life’s work has to start with the life you’re living and not the one your dreaming of.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
It’s pretty rough out here. Richmond is a place of history, of remembrance, of simply the finer things life has to offer. The music scene is vaguely historic, but in my personal opinion we’re like one and a million. There’s so much talent out here, but the networking honestly sucks.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Don’t play with it. Wise words from the one and only tank. Know when to work and when to celebrate when you take action or fall back. Actions, just keep at it.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
One very important milestone actually was a moment for dance. Senior year of high school I was a backup dancer for this female emcee by the name of Nia or something like that. We have a pep rally that day and we just so happened to land a slot at the end. 1,500 students and some faculty/staff we’re watching as I, for the first time, performed; epic.
What is your inspiration?
My family. My dad (rest in peace), and my brother (rest in peace). Everybody who said I couldn’t, everybody who said I won’t, anybody that says I can’t and anybody who says I don’t. The love and hate around me. My inspiration overall, life and what can become of it.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Absolutely. You see how easy it is to be successful and not have a shred of talent in you other than you’re a people person. Money, the right amount of networking is all it takes. I’m one of those that simply refuses to be a puppet to the system of society.
Where can we find you on social media?
YouTube: Beyond Belief Ta Breeze
Facebook: Ta Breez