Check out the new song from Chris DeVille – P.F.O.M. (Pocket Full Of Money)
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from a small city east of Pittsburgh called Johnstown, PA. Moved up there when I was 14 from Atlanta. I would say lack of opportunity in Johnstown got me to where I am now, we created 56 & Runnin’ Ent LLC to provide a platform for local artists to share their talents. Simply stated, we are creating our own opportunities now.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song is called P.F.O.M. (Pocket Full of Money) and it’s my solo debut featuring Lady Homi who is an up and coming artist out of Pittsburgh, I think this song has mainstream appeal but at the same time doesn’t compromise the lyrical integrity of my underground influence. It’s also the first of a three singles I will be releasing to promote my mix tape “Allow Me to Introduce Myself,” so definitely keep looking out for me.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
In reality I’ve only been chasing this dream now for three years, but to answer the question the biggest challenge I faced thus far is understanding the industry itself. So many artists hit the ground running and never put a plan together and a part of that plan should be to learn how the music industry operates. New experiences bring new lessons so I’m still learning.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Like I mentioned before I’ve only been at this for a short period of time, so I haven’t faced any major setbacks. But I would have to say when the group I began my career with fell apart. Starting over as a solo artist, when I had put all my time and effort into our group goals, I didn’t have a lot of solo material to build my catalogue up; it took time. See that’s not too bad, making music is the easiest part of being an artist.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I don’t know, it all depends on the individual and their aspirations. I would say just make sure you continue to put yourself in positions that will benefit you and your movement and take advantage of every opportunity. A good friend of mine once told me “only tell people half of what you’re thinking and nothing of what your doing.” Stay fully focused on the goals you want to achieve.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Just stay on your grind and realize, “you can’t progress without persistence.” Stay humble and dedicated to perfecting your craft, “determination is the only thing talent won’t compensate for.”
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Social media is always a favorite, plus it’s free promotion. I also post music and videos on a number of different hip hop forums. But my favorite way is just to be visible. I like personally introducing people to my music. I put a lot of effort into what I do. I appreciate the support I do receive, but I can’t rely on people to promote my music for me so I’m out here.
Where can people visit you?
I be in the trap (laughing). Naw you can find me on:
YouTube channel: Chrisdeville56
You can check out the P.F.O.M. music video, follow the link: youtu.be/RYF_asS0K5U