“I do it for the people that love to hear my story, my thoughts, and goals. I just want them to feel me.”

Check out the interview with Von Dutch exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Von Dutch:
I started rapping with my boy Charles at the lunch table when I was in school. After that people started to tell me that I should start recording songs. It took a few years for me to end up meeting my boy Drew who introduced me to the studio. Then my friend Turk became my manager and he helped me get my first show in Charlotte.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I often freestyle when I’m around people or big musical artists. This attracts them to my sound and flow which then allows me to secure contacts and free promotion.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
There’s a lot of competition due to the number of emerging artists. Everyone is trying to release projects and singles, and when you’re just starting it’s hard to drop music and build a buzz.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
There are a lot of rappers, some are getting noticed and some aren’t. I like the fact that there are different people to build a song with, but a lot of rappers don’t really wanna work together.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I feel like the future of music can end up being more digital based meaning that performances and other musical related things will be much more digital and less live.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
If you work with it, becoming a rapper can give you benefits. Don’t let nobody tell you that your art isn’t special or you can’t make it. It’s a very long process. If you’re humble yourself and keep grinding, you’ll eventually meet the right person and blow up.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Just thinking on the next big hit or how much people are going to like it. I do it for the people that love to hear my story, my thoughts, and goals. I just want them to feel me.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I first play the beat a few times and just freestyle to it. As the time goes I begin to write my verses. I then rap the song over as many times as it takes for me to get it memorized, then I record it.

What do you think makes a great song?
All it takes is emotion and delivery. Your audience has to be able to connect with you so that they can get into the music. It has to be catchy so that they can memorize the song, as long as they can go along with it it’ll be a hit.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: von Dutch
Twitter: @rappervondutch
Instagram: @dfgvon