“I feel that artists will be the driving force behind this movement because more and more people are starting to see the benefits of creating their own businesses and that’s a very empowering feeling.”

Check out the interview with Tr3bel exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Tr3bel:
That’s funny you ask that because I feel like I’ve been on this journey since birth. Maybe at about nine I and my cousins started hijacking my aunt’s cassette collection and recording our own makeshift radio station. From then on it’s always been in my spirit to create music.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I think the first step in being creative is to be a bit spontaneous. Instead of just doing the basic post and share tactic, I attempt to really establish a relationship with my fan base so that no matter if you’ve been on it or are just hearing of me for the first time it always feels organic.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
To me the greatest challenge in today’s entertainment business is that there’s not much individuality. It’s like every new guy that comes out sounds exactly like the guy who was hot before him and it just sucks because it waters down the spirit of hip hop to me. To overcome it you just have to be yourself, stay on your grind, and in time you’ll find your lane.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in my hometown is very interesting; you can pretty much find anything from country to r&b. The city has no true musical identity which I think is good thing because that leaves the canvas open for the younger generation to paint our own scene. I think that in another year or two it will be hot bed for music.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Music’s future is going to be lit. I say that in a sense that people are starting to use the internet as their ultimate tool for income. I feel that artists will be the driving force behind this movement because more and more people are starting to see the benefits of creating their own businesses and that’s a very empowering feeling.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
My advice is to understand that you aren’t just selling music, you’re selling a brand. The people who will eventually become your fans want to know who you are as a whole because who you are off the stage matters just as much. Also, you have to be extremely relentless in pursuit of your dreams.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Life. I’ve found that if you just sit back and observe life has a way of writing itself. All great music has a certain level of soul in that you can feel. I try to give my music time to write itself out and the energy that comes just flows with it naturally.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Each song is different so my approach to each song varies, but it always starts with the rhythm. And sometimes I can just find a catchy cadence or melody, then it’s just a matter of finding the right words. Other times I have all the words but no real clue in how I want to deliver it. I think that’s why every one of my songs is a bit of a different experience.

What do you think makes a great song?
Every great song has certain components. For me a great song must include that awe effect and that moment that you lose track of time because you’re so caught up in the song. Like how I feel every time I listen to Andre 3000. It has to have a particular vibe that puts you in a certain type of mood.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/tr3bel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tr3bel
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Thejetpackhero
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thejetpackhero