If you're a rapper or hip-hop artist who thinks all you can do to get noticed is throw your mixes on SoundCloud for free and hope for the best, keep reading. There are other opportunities – and more hopeful ones – out there for those willing to work to find them. Fortunately, you have access to the wisdom of those who made it before you so you can learn and access those opportunities more quickly.
Since starting his career at the young age of 14, rapper and record producer Mike Zombie has made massive moves. Now 23, he's already been named one of BET's "10 Young Producers on the Rise," produced songs for mainstream sensations like DJ Khaled, and dropped his debut album this past January. This October, he'll be performing at the A3C Hip Hop Festival, the massive Atlanta event that serves as a platform for artists, academics, and organizations within the industry to come together to talk about hip-hop's place in music, film, fashion, and culture as a whole.
In a #SonicbidsChat on August 12, we asked Mike Zombie questions on getting started in the industry, staying motivated, pitfalls to avoid, and much more. Check out the great advice he gave below.
What's your biggest tip for breaking into the hip-hop industry?
What are some tips for staying motivated when nothing seems to be working out?
You worked from the bottom up – what did you learn along the way?
What do you think an artist needs to get selected to play festivals like A3C?
What are some things that could hurt a hip-hop artist's career?
How did you build connections in the music business?
How can artists improve their stage presence?
How did you find your team (publicists, managers, etc.)?
If you want the opportunity to perform alongside Mike Zombie and other talented hip-hop artists, apply now for A3C! Submissions are totally free through August 31, 2015.