“My biggest inspiration comes from my best friend. He’s an intelligent, honest man and all he wants is for me to succeed and every time we talk I always get a boost of confidence with everything I’m doing.”

Check out the interview with Tommy Belair exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Tommy Belair: This all started about a year and a half ago at one my friend’s step dad’s house. I’ve recorded before, but it was more of a hobby than anything and all of those songs were remixes. I’ve been writing rhymes since I was thirteen and around that time I was going back and forth between singing and rapping until I finally realized my singing voice wasn’t natural so I stopped and focused on rapping.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice is to stay true to yourself and don’t pay attention to the haters. Haters are going to hate, but they also help a lot and sometimes the critique is good; it just depends. But definitely don’t try and be something you’re not, it’s not cool.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
In my position some of the hardest challenges are the resources like graphics, videography, management, advertisement, promotion, production, and studio time. Those are challenging because everything costs so much money and I don’t have a problem at all with investing in myself. I’ve been doing that, but even if you’re working it’s still not enough to do what you want to do.

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 feel like the best way to promote and advertise is through word of mouth. The more people who talk about it the more attention it gets. It doesn’t matter who, but being in my position it’d be easier to have friends and family help out.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I always wanted to put my city on my back, but at this point I just want to make it. To me this is a city full of hopeless dreams because no one major has really made it out of here. I plan to be the one who does. The artists out here are decent, but there are a few whom are really legit and they’re making noise right now. The fans out here consist of a bunch of haters. No one wants to support, but they want someone to make it.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today, I hope to see myself making big moves to advance my career whether it be being an artist or through education. I would prefer being an artist, but of course I have a backup plan just in case.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My inspirations come from artists like Drake, Chris Brown, and Kendrick Lamar. That’s just strictly for music. My biggest inspiration comes from my best friend. He’s an intelligent, honest man and all he wants is for me to succeed and every time we talk I always get a boost of confidence with everything I’m doing.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today is dope, I like it. There is a limit though. Most of the music now is turn up music and that’s cool for certain occasions. When it’s time to settle down and relax, I prefer some Kendrick or Cole. I’m not a huge fan of dudes like Future or Young Thug, but they’re music is perfect sometimes.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Twitter: @tommybelair22
Instagram: @tommybelair22
Soundcloud: tommy-belair
Facebook: Tommy Belair