“Since everything is becoming tech driven, artists have more of a crowd they can put themselves in front of whether it be through email, social media, etc. and it can happen a lot faster and easier.”
Check out the interview with Young Q-Dogg exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Young Q-Dogg: I actually started at the beginning when I was 15-16 years old. Since I was 13 music was always something I wanted to get into. Not to mention when I was in elementary I was in my school choir.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I often work with public relations firms to try to get the music in front of the people’s faces whether physically or digitally. I also give out CDs for promotional use. I always stay looking for new ways to promote.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
It’s the way business goes, sometimes things are pushed back, changed, or improvised without the proper communication between parties. I just stay on my heels and control what I know I can.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I feel the music scene in my town is segregated among the artists because not everyone works together, but for the most part, despite the segregation, the scene is making a name for itself slowly. More support is definitely needed within the town. I know we don’t live in California, New York, Texas, or Florida, but we need to focus on our scene.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Since it’s different from when I first started, according to the new implementations put into place by the RIAA, it can be a residual income. Since everything is becoming tech driven, artists have more of a crowd they can put themselves in front of whether it be through email, social media, etc. and it can happen a lot faster and easier.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Do not listen to what anyone has to tell you. The best thing to do while getting into this music is to find yourself. It’s not good to sound like your favorite artist because it is noticeable. You’ll catch flak from everywhere, but you’re not going to impress everybody. So do you.
What inspires you to write your next song?
It all depends. An ideal can be sparked randomly, there could be some emotions bottling up inside me that I have to release to clear my mind or I may just want to have some fun; therefore, party records are required to have fun.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It all depends on the situation because my writing process is sometimes different from my recording process. Depends on what’s going on in my head at the moment; my steps can be all over the place at times, as long as the song gets done correctly.
What do you think makes a great song?
It’s all about the connection you have to that song and whether or not it matches your personality. Other than that you hear within the song who’s serious and who isn’t.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.youngqdogg.wordpress.com