“The next thing is belief. If you think you have something special believe in it, go for it, people may tell you it’s not likely but who asked them? Do you.”

Check out the interview with Thrice Authentic exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Thrice Authentic:
It started when I was about 15 writing in my room thinking I was dope, but I really didn’t even start showing friends until about 18. I started pursuing music as an actual career about ten years ago when I and a couple friends started a group called Infamous. That lasted a couple years, we did a lot of good things but eventually kind of faded away. I looked at it as a way to find myself as an artist and took advantage of the freedom.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say the first thing is putting the work in to continue to improve and get great at your craft. There’s a lot of people doing what you do so you have to keep working, never settle. The next thing is belief. If you think you have something special believe in it, go for it, people may tell you it’s not likely but who asked them? Do you.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Building a brand and all the things that come along with it like getting the right people to hear your music, sometimes it feels like nobody’s listening but that’s where the belief and persistence comes into play.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I’ve learned and I’m still learning how to use all the tools at my disposal. From social networks, submissions, to blogs, you have to put your music everywhere and give people a chance to hear it.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
First of all speaking of my city, it’s called the finest city for a reason. As far as hip hop goes, I think it’s an untapped market. I think it’s a city hungry to be represented in the hip hop world. LA gets love, the Bay’s been shining but Dago gets overlooked. We have great artists out here that need to be recognized, but it’s okay, I’m patient, our time will come.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully one step further on this journey I’m on. If I have a deal a year from today the journey still isn’t over, that’s just more opportunity and a bigger audience that can take something from my music. Whether it entertains them or inspires them, I just want to continue to share my thoughts and stories through music a year from now.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
The people who inspire me are people who give me something to strive for. It could’ve been Nas and his wordplay, Biggie’s storytelling, or Method Man’s swag and charisma. They all gave me something to aspire to be. I don’t necessarily look up to anybody in today’s game, but I respect what some do. I feel like I can add something the game’s missing.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I respect what guys do, no hate. I know how hard it is so I won’t knock anybody’s hustle. I do feel there’s a lack of respect for the craft and the skill of being a lyricist and storyteller. That’s what this music is about and some do respect that and do it well, but unfortunately those aren’t always the artists getting the attention.

Thanks. Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.AuthenticThrice.com
Bandcamp: www.thriceauthentic.bandcamp.com