“… to always challenge myself to grow when I’m comfortable where I’m at.”
Check out the interview with VicaMOOR exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
VicaMOOR: I can remember listening to “Thriller” at 8 years old and pointing out to my mom the different instruments playing in the background of the vocals. I thought everyone noticed those small details, but she said she didn’t and that I had the musician’s ear. Years later, a cousin of mine rode his bike all the way from across town and brought me my first demo of FL Studio. At the time I spent all my time writing novels and drawing comic books, but when I got a hold of that FL Studio DAW it became my new addiction.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice for the kids is to not just make music but listen to it. And by that I mean a lot of it. And by that I mean all kinds, from all eras, and all genres. Too many young musicians sound the same because they listen to the same stuff. If you’re going to find your sound you must listen for it. That sound might not be trending. It might not even be in the trending genre, but when you find it you’ll find making the music you like to be effortless.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
One of the hardest things for me is putting myself out there. I’m an artist, so I’m sensitive about my shit. Consistency, dedication, and sacrifice is what I’m faced with. Sacrificing money that I would normally use for food now goes to promo and better technology. Consistency with putting out work, even if it isn’t always received well. Dedication, to always challenge myself to grow when I’m comfortable where I’m at.
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’m still learning, but the best way is through YouTube. Everybody likes videos. It’s something to listen to, see, and enjoy. Best ways to receive some traffic.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Jacksonville, Florida is a city filled with talented artists who don’t really have high standards as far as exposure is concerned. In my personal experience, there are a handful of artists who make it big out of Jacksonville. The biggest is Lil Duval. I don’t know. Although I’m from Jacksonville, there’s not really a media scene here and neither is there a culture to identify with.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself on the right track a year from now. I see myself having released a serious body of work that will rival any other professional body of work out there. I see myself on tour and making great income. I see myself establishing a strong cult following. I see myself as making bigger moves and getting bigger rewards than small potatoes.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
One of my biggest inspirations was Michael Jackson. He was really the only musician I took seriously until I got into Linkin Park and eventually rap. Eminem was my favorite rapper for a long time until I got into 2pac. Bob Marley was a favorite of my mom, I eventually drew inspiration from him in my hard times. In today’s music I like Drake, Kendrick, J. Cole, and The Weeknd. I find these musicians very potent.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think that most musicians lack creativity. There’s only a handful that can truly tap into the other world and make something out of it. I think everyone’s afraid to be themselves because they’re afraid of standing out and being different. There’s no money they see in that so they’ll sound the same and play it safe. Do I like it? I don’t know. What they don’t use, I’ll take advantage of in the end and they’ll see what they missed out on.