“If you take music seriously and you’re trying to go places with it the fastest way to eliminate yourself is to stop. Many people don’t believe it, but making it in the music industry is really a competition.”
Check out the interview with Trey Lawrence exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Trey Lawrence: As a kid I’ve always had a passion for music and dreamed about performing in front of thousands of people. I didn’t take it seriously until my senior year of high school. I joined a media tech class and all my peers were making music, so eventually I became influenced by them and also felt like I could use my voice to express my opinions on certain topics through music.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
3 words: do not stop. If you take music seriously and you’re trying to go places with it the fastest way to eliminate yourself is to stop. Many people don’t believe it, but making it in the music industry is really a competition. It’s survival of the fittest.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest challenges is creating new and innovative ways to be seen and heard. We live in a society where if you’re not already popular or buzzing nobody wants to take time to listen to you. One way out of that is to be as creative and unique as possible because if someone does take the time to listen make sure it’s something they can remember.
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 believe there are 2 different routes to promotion. The basic traditional ‘link in my bio, check me out, way and then the investment way. If you want to increase listens and followers you’re going to need someone else on a higher level than you whether it’s another artist or a blog website or even the pay for promotion way.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Dallas, TX, it’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because in a major city like this there is always going to be a group of people that will promote your music and become loyal fans. The curse is that there are so many artists with so many diverse sounds and styles that everyone groups up and forms cliques that only promote their friends.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I definitely see myself doing shows, probably on a smaller level. I’m always pushing myself to progress though, but you never know what could happen. One of my songs could just randomly blow up at any given moment, or God forbid I could be going through a lot in my personal life and have to take a small break from music.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspiration would be my uncle Michael Johnson simply because he worked his ass off and never quit no matter how hard and because he broke 2 Olympic world records in the 200m and 400m track & field events. Other than that, my big inspirations that I look up to would have to be Kendrick Lamar, Wondagurl, and Pharrell Williams.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Today’s music, eh. As far as mainstream Lil Uzi, Lil Yachty, and all them … it’ll have to grow on me but I couldn’t listen to them unless I’m about to turn up and pre-game somewhere. I listen to a lot of underground artists like Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Mick Jenkins, Lakim, and Roy Woods. I mostly like chill music or something you can ride around and Vibe to.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
YouTube: Trey Lawrence