A Forced Journey
"No Other Choice"
What better way to start a new Blog Series, than with how it all began. Well, maybe this isn't the best way seeing as every musician talks about this subject at some point, and most of us share a similar journey. I am going to talk about mine anyway because, well, I want to.
My music career began around 3 years ago. At that point in time though there was not much "marketing" going on. As a matter of fact, I wasn't even recording. Just writing Remixes to my favorite songs. I was working at Walmart as a truck un-loader. This is where I met a dear friend to me, Champ.
Champ was always really supportive of my rapping. Champ is the first person I rapped in front of, and I would constanly show him the new songs I was writing. Champ said one of, if not the, most influential things anyone has ever said toward my music career.
One day I was explaining to Champ how I had writers block because I just didn't know what to write about anymore. Who was I as a Rap Arist?
His response..."Just Rap".
He explained how I didn't need to clutter my mind with thoughts like that. Just rap about myself and it'll come. Great advice.
Now lets get to how I actually started recording.
I had saved and did a bunch of research to find the best quipment I could find for the price range I was in. At the time my brother was in the hospital and my family was scrapping by, so buying recording equipment with the money I saved was easily, one of the scariest things I've ever done.
I still remember to this day what made me finally buy the recording equipment. I was sitting in my room, with my laptop, everything I needed to get started in my online shopping cart, but I was frozen. I could not place the order. All I could think of was, "What if this is one big waste of money"? Then out of nowhere it clicked.
Did I want to be the type of person that was to scared to act? Or did I want to be the person that went all out for their dream and made it work?
Guess what I chose.
From then, until about 8 months ago, I spent my time writing and recording, never really organizing and trying to market. Just working on my music for fun, as a hobby. Then one day I realized something crucial. I was sick of working at these low end jobs. With a failed semester of college under my belt, and very low work ethic for jobs that I hated, I wasn't going to get anywhere if I didn't make a change. So I did.
I decided to start making my music "hobby" in to a music "career", and I haven't looked back. Everyday I am writing music, recording, or working on marketing. I never skip a day to work on my music.
I've now written and recorded my first Mixtape(Before and After, 2014) and my first Album(Initial Offering, 2015.). I've now done a couple shows, and have got better every time.
I've had my music put on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and many other online distibuters. Made great physical copies of my Album. Worked with other locals artists. Gained a great loyal fanbase that supports me, and have had fun all along the way.
But this is only the beginning. There is so much more to come. I can't wait to see what I can make out of a few more months.
Thanks for reading,