“I feel followers are looked at more than talent nowadays. There’s so much bad music out there because anybody can post a song can noticed or have a connection to get them in the industry.”

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

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
TEIKALI:
I had a group of friends that started rapping with other friends. I never really paid much attention to it. I was in Florida visiting my dad for a summer and I was always home alone. When he went to work I started recording and felt like it was meant to be. Since then I haven’t stopped writing and I’m planning to be great.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I feel the best ways to promote yourself as an artist right now are Instagram because followers can see your vision and how you care for yourself. YouTube because people search daily. Also the stage is another big way to promote yourself.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to become a creator of a better world through music. I want my albums to have an effect on people that my favorites had on me.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think either getting into the music business with little support could be the hardest or navigating through the negatives that come with the business. If you are not focused on making yourself a better artist all the time you will be lost.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city is slowly growing musically. The only one to really make it big out of my city is Rakim. There are a lot of artists in my city trying to bring new vibes and sounds to the surface. Living where I’m from you will see the most beautiful homes going up the block then going south you will see abandon homes and trap houses.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Stay focused on bettering yourself and see past the mundane of the world.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
My senior year I was working on music everyday coming home from school. I always felt like I was working toward something, but I didn’t know what. I started posting beats on my Instagram page @teikali and decided to tag Childish Gambino. He soon liked it. I continued to ride the wave and he ended up liking almost 10 of my post.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration to continue musically is filtering out all of the music that isn’t helping the world. I feel like I have a good ear and vision for music. Also, my inspirations are the artists that make art and continue to push the music industry for the future.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
I feel anybody can appear successful in today’s world. I feel followers are looked at more than talent nowadays. There’s so much bad music out there because anybody can post a song can noticed or have a connection to get them in the industry. My dad always told me there has been and will always be one hit wonders.

Where can we find you on social media?
I am slowly growing my brand on Instagram, Twitter, and Soundcloud.