“There’s so many talented and respectable artists in music and nowadays artists from completely different genres are working together and I feel like that’s how music should be because it’s all art.”
Check out the interview with Testiphy exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Testiphy: I wrote my first full song when I was a freshman in high school. The amount of emotion I put into it was crazy and I felt amazing when rapped it out loud for the first time. I practiced the song for a couple days and then I uploaded a video to YouTube of myself performing it in my bedroom. I went to football practice that day and my whole team was crowding me and giving me respect. It felt great and the video gave me a decent buzz in my town.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m on social media a lot. Every time I have a new project I’m promoting, I post about it constantly and I make promotional pictures. I’ve also done challenges when I’m getting ready to release songs or videos. I have opened for bigger artists.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
People nowadays focus more on an artist’s image rather than their talent. It’s almost like I’ve had to “dress” like a rapper for people to see me as one. For hip hop in particular, the hardest thing would have to be creating something new and fresh but respectable.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
In Rochester, NY, there’s music everywhere. Festivals all summer and bars with live music all over. Hip hop artist don’t get recognized which is crazy because there are so many talented rappers. Whenever there’s a famous artist in town there’s opportunities for local talent to get an opening slot, other than that hip hop isn’t exactly thriving.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
There’s so many talented and respectable artists in music and nowadays artists from completely different genres are working together and I feel like that’s how music should be because it’s all art.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Make sure that everyone you talk to you knows what you do. People need to think “musician” when they say your name. Basically try to make friends with as many people as possible in your local music scene. Never give up because if you listen to everyone telling you that you can’t do something, then obviously you won’t do it.
What inspires you to write your next song?
The feeling I get when it’s finished. Nothing puts a smile on my face like hearing my voice on a beat.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I find the instrumental I want to write to. When I find my beat I listen to it a few time and throw around ideas in my head like titles and what not. Then I think of a chorus or an opening line to set a tone. Once I get a few lines in I’m in my zone and can’t stop. When I’m writing lyrics I always picture in my head the look on people’s faces and what they will say.
What do you think makes a great song?
When I listen to music I like to believe the song. I like to be able to see what the artist was trying to do and for that to happen the music needs emotion, a message, and creativity. The song should reflect the artist.
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