“It’s the balance between artistry and commerce. I see many artists give into the money and neglect the art all-together. On the flipside I see artists completely embrace the art and fail to be compensated for it monetarily.”
Check out the interview with Wise Words exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Wise Words: I was military brat born in Washington, DC and moved to Germany and then ultimately Fayetteville, NC. It was there that I began to find my calling and my peers and I started sharpening our blades. Although we were just a bunch of youngsters with the tools, we never built on our visions back then. We never capitalized on situations like we should have, but I don’t regret any of it.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
Social media’s a pillar for discovery and shows no signs of stopping. You have to realize it’s cluttered because of that as well. That’s where your execution comes in. Always be original. Never do what the next man’s doing because then you fail to stand out in the clutter and it becomes a “Where’s Waldo” book.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Every artist just wants to be felt through their work. Career wise that’s a staple of my ambitions and my end goal. I operate in a craft based off the connections of how people feel after viewing/listening to my art. If you can’t touch a listener’s senses then how could they possibly connect with you? I just want to connect with people.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
It’s the balance between artistry and commerce. I see many artists give into the money and neglect the art all-together. On the flipside I see artists completely embrace the art and fail to be compensated for it monetarily. I have a profound love for the craft I’m in and I never want my drive to be tainted by those little green guys.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
As of 2010 I relocated to a larger city that bodes more opportunity. I come back home every now and then but there’s nothing there for me aside from my mother. Fayetteville’s music scene’s quite tumultuous. There are some dope undiscovered talented people within the city that would flourish if they ever left, but many never do.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just be you. It’s that simple. You have to be a student of your craft before you can master it. Learn as much as you can in relation to your music, the history of music, legalities, etc. Also an efficient team is necessary to be successful so make sure you are riding the right wave.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
The birth of my daughter. She completely changed everything about the way I do music. From that day on I evolved and continue to because I make music for her to be able to look back on and grow from without going through all the trials I had to go through.
What is your inspiration?
Real life. Art in motion captured by a storyteller. That’s the most beautiful thing ever to me. So much happens every day that we take for granted but the music becomes “sonic photography” if you will. Moments taken and captured by words in the same sense of a camera. I’m just showing everybody what I saw through my lens when I make a song.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
The tools are definitely there. It all depends on your drive and your goal. Never listen to anyone that says you can’t no matter how big or small the name is. The only person stopping you is you. If your drive and ambition’s there then follow it until you’re where you want to be then go further.