It should come to no surprise that the internet has served as a bridge for many aspiring artists to break through their career. However, there’s more to “making it” than just putting your content online. It still takes a lot of work, skill, and a little finesse. Skylar Allen, a Hip Hop Artist from a small town called Sandwich, New Hampshire, focuses on quality production and collaboration as part of his technique to becoming a successful artist.
Still a high school senior, Skylar Allen has dedicated his life to music. “I learned how to play the drums when I was a little kid, and that experience taught me the basics of musicianship like composition, tempo, etc” said Skylar. He started writing raps at about age 13 and began learning how to record and engineer sounds from his friend Noah. Mostly all of Skylar’s songs and vocals are self-edited, mixed, and engineered. There is a lot to be commended for an artist who takes pride in the learning process of writing lyrics, finding the right beat, filming and editing music videos, and collaborating with other talented personnel (especially while other millennials might just want the quick “come up” but are not willing to put in the time and work into their craft).
Skylar’s hometown of Sandwich, New Hampshire has a population of less than 2000 people. Despite its size, the rapper expressed that he’s been able to generate some local support; but he definitely seeks growth in bigger cities when he goes to college. He has a lot of experience performing on stage as a drummer and rapper in his band, and won the “Crowd’s Favorite” at one of his town’s recent talent shows. He also competed in Team Backpack’s 2015 Mission Underground Live Cypher Draft in Los Angeles, and even recorded a collab track with two other artists he met at the event. The track “Thirst Trap” went on to gain nearly 7000 plays on Soundcloud and was featured on Team Backpack’s website and Soundcloud playlist.
From talking one-on-one with Skylar, I see nothing but true potential and humility from this young man, especially with his openness to building and creating projects with other artists. “When I meet a new artist that wants to collab, I don’t care about their social media popularity or how big their fanreach is. If we can create something great in a professional manner, then we can totally do it. It’s all about chemistry” said Skylar. Personally, I think Skylar Allen is definitely an artist to watch for and I look forward to seeing his movement grow in the near future.
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