“Sometimes it’s conflicting because of my work schedule. That’s why I want to get signed because I would love to spend 8 hours a day in the studio recording music.”
Check out the interview with TCB (Tim Cha$IN Bandz) exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
TCB (Tim Cha$IN Bandz): At the age of seven years old I was an amazing drummer at Rehoboth Apostolic Church in Danville, Virginia. They loved the way I play, but once they heard my voice they eventually wanted me to get off the drums. So one day the choir director asked me to sing a song and I gave my all into the song. After everyone felt blessed by me singing. I felt like I had a gift that no man could take away.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Always put God first. Keep grinding and don’t stop. Networking is the key. Get your name license with BMI and ASCAP. Get the paperwork to officially make yourself an artist. Make sure you grab an EPK giving you your rights. I was always taught it’s about what you know and who you know.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I feel like the hardest thing is getting heard. You basically have to run your music through every site to at least get a buzz. It’s basically vice versa; it’s hard to get in, but easy to get out. Sometimes it’s conflicting because of my work schedule. That’s why I want to get signed because I would love to spend 8 hours a day in the studio recording music.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Reverberation, Instagram, Twitter, even sometimes Facebook. Have a lot of other sites to try and gain people’s attention. I set out certain days that I all I do is network. I’m out looking for other artists for features, producers for beats, or even labels that’s are maybe interested in conversing about a possible deal.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Small city, rarely enough jobs to feed our population. Crime is pretty bad. People are gonna hate whether you’re doing good or bad. Fans here in Danville don’t respect real music in my opinion. If you’re well known in our city you get looks, if not you gotta make it on your own. Once it’s on the radio, everybody can relate to it.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully still making music on tour. To be blessed with a distribution deal to help take care of my city, family, and friends. Just provide fans with a great sound and energy. I see that Danville can rebuild itself if we work together. I want to work on my first album, hopefully write a movie because I’m into fancy stuff like that.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I was a big fan of NWA. Coming up and still at this moment, The Game is favorite artist/rapper. My dream would be to sign with The Game. Second favorite rapper is Big Sean which has the dopest flow and energy I have ever heard in music along with Wiz Khalifa too. They motivated me to want to pursue music even more.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It took me time to grow on it. I really listen to underground music. I listen to mainstream, but I like the underdogs trying to work their way in. The new sound that is out I pretty much like it. Don’t get me wrong I wish the old sound that we had in the early 90’s and 2000’s could repeat itself because I felt that was real music.