|Features Published: January 3, 2013 |
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Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Long Island, New York. Started doing music about 5 years ago, seriously anyway. From college at NYIT I met a producer that did mostly hip hop so that’s when I began to actually develop myself. It wasn’t until I met the Fuzion Records Group 3 years ago that I started getting original tracks to work with.
This label consists of Alpha Genesis, Tenny Whyte, Polisix, Classic Dinero, and myself. After I really got comfortable with it I put this album together, met with some good people that put my music out there, and gave it a opportunity to be heard. Polisix and Tenny Whyte collectively produced my whole album and were featured on it along with Alpha Genesis.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Well I’m mostly promoting my whole album. I want people to be able to choose. I talk about life in all aspects so anyone, no matter what their feeling, this album has a story for you.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
My journey has only really just begun. But I feel I’m currently going through the hardest challenge when it comes to the industry and that’s getting heard. Having a presence out there and really just getting your feet wet.
I have to not only get my music out, but I’ve got to compete with those already out there. And not being known to that magnitude makes for the biggest obstacle to over come to have that song that makes people actually turn around and say who’s the artist on this track.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Two years ago we (Fuzion) met this man who said he had connections with major labels and artists, he talked the talk and walked the walk. He promised us all these things from money to endorsements. It seemed too good to be true for someone unknown, but his whole plan actually made sense. Needless to say it was too good to be true.
A couple thousand in the hole later it was clearly the end of that saga. Sure it was very discouraging to say the least. I still had a goal that needed to be reached. If anything you can say it helped because it made me real hungry for it. My bounce back was just keeping the tempo. I never stopped. In fact after this boiled over was when I actually started putting this album together. A year later here we are having this interview.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Kind of gave you the best example with the last question. So basically just watch who you trust. It’s one thing for someone to help, it’s another for someone to take advantage of your dream and try to gain only for themselves. And it’s hard to distinguish which is which sometimes. And more importantly, don’t let anything take your eye of what you’re really shooting for.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
We, as artists, never really know how far we have to travel to get to where we want to be. The key is to enjoy the journey regardless. Set backs aren’t really set backs if you don’t let them be. If you can take something positive out of the experience it helps in the long run so never take anything for granted. If anything, it’s just another song to be written. And it is all about the music at the end of the day, isn’t it? That’s why the last song on my album is called Keep it Moving.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I like when I’m meeting and talking with someone, telling them I do music and developing that connection. It’s the realest because they can see my passion when I talk about it. So they want to go find the music and show support off the bat. And I think that sets up fans to really have that bond with an artist. Obviously there are not too many I can reach like that, but it is the most meaningful. Recently I’ve been interviewed by a couple radio stations which has been great as well. That’s allowed me to do essentially the same thing and just stretch the reach a little more.
Where can people visit you?
You can follow me on Twitter: @_bennfrank
Like my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/
Also check out www.fuzionrecordsgroup.com (some preview songs on my album “BFK” are up there along with the other artists songs and information.)
My album is available on iTunes, Amazon and everywhere else online music is sold.
If you need answers fast from my team just contact my promotion & marketing reps at: www.MiaMindMusic.com or (800) 843-8575