“It is in your instincts to sound like someone else who you grew up listening to, create your own path of greatness.”
Check out the interview with Young Rico exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business?
Young Rico: I started out recording just freestyles when I was younger. I learned how to mix my own music and engineer all from using Mixcraft. When I started I only had a rock band microphone. I was always a fan of music and discovered my own potential at an early age.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use Soundcloud to upload and post my music and then share it on all the sites I have access to. I go on tours. I expand my fan base and get creative with magazine writers and clothing companies who are willing to stand beside me in support of my movement.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I face is getting the exposure I need in order to build and be where I want to be. I’m from a small town, no radio stations and not a whole lot of DJs or producers. I invest in myself because who better to trust? I’m not focused on blowing up, I’m grinding to support my family.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene is dope. Everybody I know is doing their thing and they stay working. It’s like we live this shit. I like that everyone has their own style and if there is was one thing I’d say could be better is the overall support for each other. At the end of the day it’s about remaining true to yourself and your word.
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 music is going to go wherever we want it to go. If you keep supporting and playing bad music, there’s going to be bad music everywhere. It is in your instincts to sound like someone else who you grew up listening to, create your own path of greatness. It’s your choice who can and can’t walk that path of greatness.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never quit on yourself and don’t feel like you have to do what another dude is doing just to impress people. We don’t go out and buy cars because another man drives it. Take ownership of your material. Make great music and continue working hard. You don’t need a label.
What inspires you to write your next song?
All the adversity I have faced leading up to where I am today. I provide my music base from my heart. My skill, energy, enthusiasm, and effort have to be able to measure up with my emotions for you to get a feel of what I’m speaking about or feeling while I’m saying it.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Preparation, repetition, dedication, and a commitment to excellence.
What do you think makes a great song?
A great song to me is something that speaks volumes to me about the artist personally. When an artist isn’t afraid to give you the down side of their life because in reality we all know there is only so much upside. Fast money cars and women. I love all three, but it gets deeper than that. It goes deeper than rap.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?