Smokey Smothers

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Smokey Smothers cannot be confined to a box. The Kenosha and Eau Claire, WI native is a special kind of artist. Writing raps and producing her own beats became a passion at the tender age of 9. Between the years 1999-2012 Smokey created a plethora of music along side her cousins and Loud Noises Dynasty team. Spring 2015, Smokey J released her Sophomore mixtape entitled “The Prelude.”   A reviewer from Eau Claire's local "Volume One" magazine stated, “It’s a mix of anything from Sprawling jazz to left-field Co heed and Cambria samples, complimenting her breathless Southern - Reminiscent flow. “ This best defines Smokey's overall sound. She wears many hats being CEO of Spaceflight Media; specializing in videography, graphic design and script writing. Smokey has been working her way through the Atlanta scene performing at venues such as Apache Café,  Chit Chat Lounge, Union Eav & iLounge. She is currently gearing up to release an EP Summer 2019 titled "Hollywood Smoke". Smokey Smothers is here to continue the legacy of her grandfather and great uncle; Chicago blues brothers Big Smokey Smothers and Little Smokey Smothers.  Her commitment to bring good music to her fans is sure to keep her on the road to success.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is me. Music is everything my very soul is made of. It gives me freedom to be myself in every way. It gives me the power to motivate others and open people’s minds to things that may challenge what they think they know. Music literally gives me life.

What is your music dream?

My music dream is to build a legacy so great that generations after me will be able to reap the benefits and have the resources from my music legacy to do other great things and make investments that will lead to consistent generational wealth.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

A different approach to the ways in which criminals are punished. Provide FREE therapy and counseling to anyone who is mentally ill or is experiencing symptoms of being mentally ill. In general, I would do anything possible to spread more love and understanding around the world. If we set our egos and cognitive dissonance aside the world could be a better place.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

The most memorable? I grew up in a music loving family so that’s hard to choose one. I will say that anything Motown has to be the most memorable though. Besides the RnB and Hip Hop of the 90s my mama always had oldies playing.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Here we go again lol it’s so hard to choose one or even just a few but to name some who have influenced me in many ways(no particular order): The Jacksons(Mike, His bros and Janet), Jimi Hendrix, J. Cole, Kanye West, Drake, SWV, Arrested Development, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, OutKast, Kendrick Lamar, XXXTentacion, Timbaland, Aaliyah, Cab Calloway, Pharrell Williams, Nas, Biggie, Pac...so many more

What inspires you to make music?

Waking up and breathing. Lol All jokes aside, I never really thought about what inspires me to make music. I just know for as long as I can remember making music was like a necessity for me. Almost like it was programmed into me before I was born. I can’t really explain it but it feels supernatural.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

The message is my story. Every song, even the “club hits” is a piece of something I’ve experienced in life. My music is a book of many chapters.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel like I’m floating. Like something greater than my physical self takes over my body and gives me super powers. Pretty much..can you tell I’m a nerd by now? Lol

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I think it’s always been hard to make a decent living as a musician without owing a label back later or just dealing with the rollercoaster of being independent. I think resources for independent artists could be improved. Marketing knowledge, easier access to market music in ways only available to those who are signed to a major label(I.e.- easier access to obtaining FM radio play as far as knowing who to talk to and conduct business with.) with more tools/contacts/resources being easier to access, more independent artists could actually make a living enough to at least live comfortably without the need of a day job(those kill music careers).

What do you think of Drooble?

Honestly so far I think Drooble is amazing and is touching base on a few of the things I mentioned in the previous Q&A. I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not being able to figure out who my target audience is(lack of marketing and marketing knowledge).

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I do. Even though I’m rarely ever able to make it to a show I often share the music of local artists that I like.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Good quality engineering for the music, a strong online/offline presence, the ability to self market and build relationships with playlist curators.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Yung I, Yung Risky, Mr. Gr8works, Bear B, IMG Spooks, Goonie Van Exel, Rob Hicks, Dre Marro, Obadiah Bennett, Beat Council, Div3rs3, Dark Half, IMG Casper, Big Smokey Smothers, Little Smokey Smothers.