“Find other well-known established artists who have music similar to yours and try to reach out to their fans. Chances are, if your music is indeed similar to the well-known artists’, they will give you a listen and from there you can build on that.”
Check out the interview with Tony Rome exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Tony Rome: I started out as part of the hip hop group The Antagonist formed in high school. I mainly produced the tracks for the group, but also recorded verses as well. We put out some projects and mixtapes here and there and right now are in the process of re-releasing some material that’s been remastered.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Find other well-known established artists who have music similar to yours and try to reach out to their fans. Chances are, if your music is indeed similar to the well-known artists’, they will give you a listen and from there you can build on that.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
A well-known producer/artist that can make beats for damn near everybody. I ultimately want to be an industry known producer and produce for big name artists.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I believe it’s the constant tear between trying to make music you love yourself and make music that makes money. It brings the pressure of either being looked at as an artist who’s true to the art form or one who’s just looking for the next check.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Cali has and always will thrive in the hip hop scene. From the underground scene to the mainstream pop feel, there’s different types of music all over and a way to hear them all. Long Beach is full of upcoming artists on every corner looking to be the next big thing out of Cali since Kendrick Lamar came and took over the scene.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Keep at it. I still am. It happens faster for some than for others, but it all comes down to timing. It’s a juggle to maintain the business end and the artistry end of music, but at the least make sure you are always trying to perfect your craft. Have your music readily available at all times. Technology makes that attainable, so no excuses.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Can’t say that I’m there experience the best thing yet, but that’s what I’m building towards. So far it’s being able to connect with other artists from all around the country and I’m hoping to expand that to the world.
What is your inspiration?
A blend of listening to music from other artists and letting it feed my creative process, and my family and the desire to give them more through this music.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Definitely. But with advances in technology and the wide use of internet, competition is constantly around you. Luckily there are avenues to allow you to have success on a smaller scale while building towards bigger success. But like anything, it all depends on your grind.