Hip Hop Artist Skinny Dude on Making Music You Love in Today’s Music Business

Deionta Malone indiemusic

I like social media because…
you reach people around the world from your own home. I’m still learning how to do that and gather a solid fan base, the challenge is doing things myself and knowing which sites to use because there are so many to choose from. – @SD413

Listen to the Interview
Episode #335 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax :
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/06/23/episode-335-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW SKINNY DUDE
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Interviewing:
Deionta Malone

The music business…
has changed drastically. Everything is downloads and streaming. It’s good because you really don’t need a major label. It’s good in alot of ways to have one as far as marketing, touring, and having a solid foundation behind you for support but with social media, anybody can be an artist if they can work and master the social media tools.
The pros…
I feel is social media, and taking advantage of all the sites you can to promote your music. A con is really knowing which one to use. Although I have been doing music for years, I never really tried to promote myself because I didn’t know how serious I was gonna be about it. I’m 40 and hiphop is really a young mans field but I figured what the hell. It’s people my age that don’t like the new music these days so its possible I could still have a chance if I could make some good music. I feel I just have to work a 100x harder, which can get exhausting and frustrating at times.
I would like to release an album…
before the year is out, but we are in an age where some people just buy songs, it just cost more to promote a song than an album, but to do a whole album is my goal.
I like social media because…
you reach people around the world from your own home. I’m still learning how to do that and gather a solid fan base, the challenge is doing things myself and knowing which sites to use because there are so many to choose from.
As far as being current and trendy…
I really don’t worry about that too much. I don’t listen to the radio much unless it’s a classic station and I here alot of artist sounding alike. I don’t wanna sound like nobody, I wanna sound like me, so when you here my music, you be like that’s SkinnyDude. I stay focused on just trying to perfect my own craft and sound
I really don’t fear nothing but God…
but I worry about fame, I mean that’s what we all want but its a price that comes with it, especially the loss of privacy and just doing normal things, but I would try my best to still do the same things as I do now. I could handle the people I think as long as they don’t get to rowdy, I love being around people.
Well music has always been interesting to me…
and how it made me feel. I was amazed at how artist were creative and could put their thoughts, feelings and emotions into a song. I stayed being involved in music classes in school, was involved in choir for school and church, did musicals and plays thru out, but I really never thought I would do music someday, I was pretty much dedicated to sports and music was just a hobby.

Power Of Love…
The song is basically a song for the world I feel, about how the power of love can change things if we genuinely apply it to everyday life. I was listening to an MLK speech on youtube one day. While listening to an instrumental I had just purchased, the magic just kind of happened. Sometimes I think we as people put too much emphasis on the negative, and negativity seems like it sells more than positivity these days, look at music, movies, TV, video games, magazines etc. I wanted to do something positive and inspirational, and who cares if it sells, I care if it motivate the human race.
The chorus came about just by thinking of life and death, and how short life is compared to death. I feel we just have to try and love as much as we can for the short time we are here on this earth. Its not always easy, especially when it comes to racism and discrimination. As a kid, I didn’t understand MLK non-violent tactics and sometimes still don’t, because it is very difficult to love an enemy, especially with what they went thru back in those days. We still go thru it now in certain aspects, police brutality being the most visual nowadays but it’s those hidden situations that you might not see on the news. At the same time, MLK tactics did make things better and as a result brought about change over the course of time.

I feel us as black people need to embrace each other more and be good and show love to ourselves in order for others to be good to us. That’s where the statement, “If black lives matter, then we must show and prove, cuz if we don’t , they gone keep doing what they do.”

I also feel all lives matter…
we all come from the same God if you are a believer in God, or if you don’t believe in God, then we all come from the same “big-boom” or same “evolution process” no matter how you put it, we are all connected. I feel this is a song for the entire human race, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual preference, financial status, etc. and I really want the world to hear it, cuz we need to.
I guess the funniest thing to me about this song is I sent it to one of the Reverbnation Crowd Reviews and one person stated that they didn’t like the song, they hated it, they said black lives matter are you serious??? All lives matter, and claimed my song was racist, I thought that was hilarious, that’s someone who didn’t listen to the whole song. lol

Skinny Dude artist

I think it’s ok to say to expect the real when it comes to my music, I speak from the heart, I pour out my soul, I share my life, my thoughts, my inner most feelings, my emotions, some of my deepest secrets only come out in my music. Whether I’m happy , sad, angry, mad, sexy, loving, spiritual, inspirational, political, street savvy, clubby, however I’m feeling that day or night, I write that particular song. I try to be authentic and transparent as possible, I want the audience to feel me and relate somehow.

My personal definition of success is…
basically just being happy doing what I love, and being who I am, being free. Providing for my family thru my music and other avenues, not necessarily having to be rich, but being comfortable with not many worries, except for working on my next hit, staying relevant and never being forgotten.

A success story of mine is just being alive…
I was addicted to the street life once upon a time, and to escape from that was a success. I had family and friends die, go to prison; any given day something drastic could happen. I changed for the better although my heart was scarred from the lifestyle and I express it in my music- the good, the bad, the ugly.
I feel it was a great success…
I’m able to live a normal life, to see my kids like a normal parent, they not coming to see me behind some glass , or looking at the sky or the dirt to talk to me. I get to do music, and put my soul into it, and I’m here being able to talk to Jacqueline Jax, which is exciting.
My overall goal is…
to make good music for the world to hear and enjoy, branch and work with different artist in the industry. I want my music to be meaningful and timeless, to inspire people in anyway I can, to give back and invest in the communities I have lived in. I especially want to support my hometown of Racine, WI. Supporting the youth and providing avenues for them to chase their dreams and be successful. I want to build a SkinnyDude brand and branch off in other things such as movies, TV, video games, books, clothing, exotic animals, healthy lifestyle concepts, sports, I have a mind full of dreams and ideas, that it never stops, one day I will get some sleep, that’s a goal believe it or not lol.
I live in Daytona Beach, Florida…
but I’m originally from Racine, WI. I lived in Daytona for about 2 years now to escape the harsh winters of the “Cheese State”. I really don’t know much about the music scene locally as far as hip hop goes and I kick myself for not knowing. I do know major artist come here from time to time to do shows, and I really would like to open up for some. It’s alot of other genres that I go checkout, I like Orange Avenue, a group called Vision I believe outta Sanford, and Trey Pierce and the T-Stone Crew. I always try to catch them live in action.
I’m pretty simple, I love animals and nature, I love to go to the beach and watch the sunrise, listen to the waves and gather my thoughts. It’s something about watching the sun pop up out of the ocean it seems, that nurtures my soul, some of my songs are written right on the beach.
I would love to talk to God…
but I would definitely need more than 5 min with him. lol. I chose the late great 2Pac, mainly because of who he was. 2Pac is the greatest of all time, and although he was great we still didn’t get to see the ultimate 2Pac, because he was taken away too soon, but he was definitely ahead of his time, because his music is still relevant now. He inspired me in alot of ways, by his work ethic , his passion, how he’d give you deep parts of his life, that some people would be afraid to say. He was political, he spoke out on racism and police brutality, he spoke about the street life, he was spiritual, romantic, he was complete, and incredible, and that’s why I would like to pick his brain for 5 min. But really, I can get the info I need right thru his music, because that’s how much he opened up to us.
I actually got two quotes that I love…
“I can do all things thru God who strengthens me”
” I won’t be on top forever, but the person that takes my place will be one of my die hard fans, whose studied me.”– 2Pac
Social Media:
Twitter @SD413

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