Check out the new song from Still Ill – Original Sin
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Still Ill is collective of individuals with like minds who grew up in contrast areas of Greater Boston. Our mission is simply to make and produce quality music, graphic designs, videos, and much more for an ageless and timeless audience. The message is easy to remember, “live it up.” Our main slogan to the general public is to wake up every morning and say to yourself “I am still ill.” We encourage motivation and want to advocate the usefulness of teamwork. Not just talking about it, actually being it.
We are a family before anything else, one that was chosen and the choice of having people partake upon a mutual path together builds a long lasting and meaningful bond. Just imagine a fraternity with a colorless spectrum and an open agenda to help anyone and everyone involved and collectively build upon their individual dreams and aspirations. This is the true meaning of Still ill.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Our single, Original Sin, is taking hip hop back to the basics. We attempted to encompass that “feel good” music into our core message. The goal is to ensure our audience can not only vibe to our sound, but also relate to our music regardless of their sociological or economic background. This was made with the intent of reaching all available demographics but ensuing a genuine feeling from the listener. The debut video for “Original Sin” was dropped on April 30th, 2012 and has received some local notoriety, but we are looking to exceed our expectations and reach for much more. The mentality is consistency, persistence, and quality over quantity.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Our hardest challenge thus far was entering our local performance arena. Only pursuing music for the last 7 months, we have accomplished many personal and business goals. The Boston performance community is a tight nit group of artists who have been slowly and methodically building their own names. We were not welcome with open arms, but our passion out shined any fear of dwarfing the next act. It was clear after a few performances that we took the craft serious and have every intention of owning our lane in this game.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Set backs are not a part of our language. Every road has its fair share of bumps, but nothing has caused us to falter. Whether it have been shady promoters, subliminal hatred towards our well paced success, or just simple disbelief in our own capabilities, we impose our will to strive beyond any doubts. We are Still Ill, this is not a slogan, it’s a self reminder to everyone that as long as you wake up tomorrow with another chance to make a step, progression is within your grasp and that’s ill in itself!!
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
One word we live by no matter the success or the downfall is to remain humble. A lot people play upon words, but words and their true definitions are what we base our core values upon. The first of many is to always remain humble and reciprocation is a must in this game. There are too many hands out expecting a “gimme.” When we extend our hand we are looking to shake like men and build upon a prosperous future with anyone willing to fight for more.
Growth is a part of evolution, this includes our frame of mind, not just our physical attributes. This why everyone we encounter is a Boss in their own right, whether it be a person bagging groceries to feed their family, or a small business owner struggling to increase his bottom line.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Artists have to understand that you can make anything, but nothing comes from it without hard work, dedication, and persistence. Artist seem to be in the “trend era” building their sound based off the works of others currently in the mainstream. They need to understand that a true artist is an individual with a new vision and perspective to share with the world.
It takes balls to be something new. It’s daring and extremely difficult to accept this concept, but it makes all the difference when people listen to you. They are looking for something new at this point in the game. Your message can’t be con-diluted with one perspective played on repeat. Life is a endless void with depth where there are so many people who need to hear something that speaks to them. The stunt is cool, but it’s not the entirety of our existence. It should not define us as a musical community.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Our website had a lot of sweat and time put into it, but we have taken a guerrilla marketing approach and show up to random public places and put on live performances. This approach has been welcomed and supported. The next phase is to accept donated food and clothing for the indigent. We will be posting a map of locations we intend to pop up at and have followers come out to donate goods for a better cause. We are building with nothing, but giving back doesn’t always involve a check book. This is our approach to give our city love before we ask for it in return.
Where can people visit you?
Original Sin Official Music Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEBlJaI07kg
Twitter: @iamstillill, @Stillillceo, @acedatruth617
Direct Line: 1(857)615-4733 1(617)877-3768