I had the pleasure of interviewing Hip-Hop Recording Artist and Entrepreneur Katrel Kelly. He has successfully release four independent albums and is one of the original founders of SKE Records. He is now back working on a new album titled “September” as well as created a new music label and space company called GalacticOnes.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Sure, Music and Entrepreneurship has always been something that I loved. As a kid, my grandfather would play all the old school music during family reunion trips. The platters, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson just to name a few. My mom and dad put me on to classic artist as well, so I knew right away what great music sound like. As far as hip hop, 2pac was my main guy. Then came Jay-Z and Mase. I’ve been creating music on a professional level since 2007, before that I was really trying to figure things out. I started an Entertainment Company in 2007 with Quinton Hatfield called Street Knowledge Entertainment which was the beginning platform for me to release music on. Just recently in 2018 I stepped down from Street Knowledge and started a new music label and space company called GalacticOnes.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?
Well, the story for GalacticOnes is still growing but let it be known that legendary things are already happening. As far as my tenure at SKE, I would have to say my label meeting with Def Jam Records in 2004. It’s was the most exciting thing that could ever happen to any up and coming artist. I met with Lenny S, We are talking about a guy who work side by side with Jay-Z for more than 20 years. It was scary, I let him listen to a few cuts from my third project Inspired By Greatness and he loved it. He gave me great advice and explained to me what I really needed to do to get ahead. We were supposed to have a round table with Akon’s Brother Bu and The Dream but it never happened. Lenny is over at RocNation right now, hopefully we can get back in the meeting room one day. Last year someone from Def Jam wanted to revisit the situation, so I will let the world know as new information becomes available.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
That’s a great question. I have a mistake but it’s not a funny one. My mistake was not embracing my ideas and pushing harder at the time when the Internet was really becoming super important for musicians. I had ideas in my mind to create companies like what Spotify is today, even YouTube. I could have at least been a Vimeo. My mind is just constantly thinking and creating to the point I have time for nothing or a focus. So the change in that would be is to focus and go hard on one thing, as well as push the idea of it and grow it.
What do you think makes your company stand out?
GalacticOnes is kind of a unique company because we aren’t just a music or entertainment company. We are also a space company, we are involved in space exploration, technology and research at the same time. My membership and contribution to the Planetary Society will give us the direction on how I can combine Music and Space. It’s a strange passion of mine outside of music when it comes to space. I feel like we aren’t the only ones here in this universe and I want to be a part of the discoveries. I want to be a part of discovering the new technology, the new possibilities of sustaining life on another planet. I want my team to be a part of this excitement.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The key is have a great team, no one can do this alone. Entrepreneurship is very hard and it never gets easier. It has to be a place from love first, that’s my motto. Your team is there to help you push through when times get rough. Also, never stop learning. Keep growing and protect your peace.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Of course, Quinton Hatfield and I started the music journey together. He invested a lot of time, energy as well as finances in my music career. We have been through alot, and we made money together. He is a very intelligent person and I wish nothing but success for him. I love my brother and hopefully we can do good business again in the future.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have had so much success but I still have a long way to go. I have visions of doing great things for world. I will say this, building SKE was task but I provided a platform and outlet for alot of artist. SKE Records had about 7-8 artist on it at one time.I was putting everyone on without the proper knowledge of running a label at that capacity. It was a place of love where I gave my platforms to people. VisionBoard Films, SKE Studios were platforms I have invested in and gave people a home. I plan to do it again with GalacticOnes, just in a more Galactic Way.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Yes I do, Steve Jobs said “ Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become”. I have started many ventures, a lot of them was to make money and not what the heart wanted. I follow my heart and intuition on business ventures now. It has to be from a place of love always.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Let’s take it back to when I first decided to get into business. I would have to say that number one would be to save money. When I had a few other profitable ventures, I was young and had money rolling in. I was spending it as quickly as I got it. I don’t feel that bad about it because I was able to travel and enjoy things I never thought I would ever have the means of doing. Save money because you are going to need it in business when times get rough that’s for sure.
Guidance would be next, I never had the proper guidance, and I was pretty much doing my own thing and taking life head on. If I had that I think I would have probably been well off. Guidance or mentorship will help you avoid mistakes and pitfalls.
Never take a break, I took a break and I am now playing catch up. Never stop, Sacrifice and keep pushing. When I took a break from doing music, I lost so much time and opportunity. Life get in the away, sometimes we just got to move it out to get things done.
Get a team of people that are smarter than you, It just makes no sense to get people that are on the same level or have the same experience. Get someone that is great at what they do and pay them. It’s the only way to evolve any business.
Focus on one thing. As I said before, my mind would just create things while I sleep. I had too much on my plate. Focus hard on one thing and grow it.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
It would definitely be a movement of love and building positive energy specifically. Something that can help us improve our soul and just want to do good for people and the world we live in. It would be a non-profit. I am actually working on one now called GalacticDreams.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Follow me on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @iamkatrel, make sure you all check out my new single called “More Love” by Katrel Kelly. It’s available on all music streaming sites. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon and Google Play. September Album coming soon real soon. Yes, and check out “Like Me” from my artist Shell Boog. It’s on all music platforms I mentioned as well
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!
Inspiring Musical Journey of Nepalese Rap Artist Prakash Neupane
There are very few people under the age of 21 to do great things and achieve great milestones that many people older than they haven’t achieved yet.
Prakash Neupane is a permanent resident of Kolhapur, Nepal and is 21 years old. He is a popular Nepali RnB singer in his area as well as in many places of Nepal. As he is also a music composer and creates his own new things on the music. He is not only an rnb singer but also a Rapper, Blogger, Poet, Music Composer and social worker. He has won Tuborg Music Award for the best male debut male singer for his song “Sunana” and has been nominated for OS Music Award. He always looks forward to opening new horizons with his music. He’s already a well-known Rnb/Rap singer and songwriter in his homeland of Nepal. Despite this, the latest song he’s promoting got some type of EDM influence, keeping up with the same level as the current hits on his new Dance-Pop charts.
In his childhood Prakash used to write poem, faiths, gazals, however, he had stopped to write it in 2014.
This eventual transformation from a shy boy to extrovert adolescent also brought mutability in his areas of interest. He soon started to listen to Sugam Pokharel, Narayan Gopal, Nabin K Bhattrai, The Unity, Girish Khatiwada, Manas Ghale and other Nepali singers and rappers that made him appear in different school functions, gatherings, and fetes. Praises received at that time laid the foundation for his musical career.
Prakash spent his entire childhood in Kohalpur in his complete introversion. ‘I was very shy and never showed up on stage until my 7th standard. Slowly, I pushed myself into social gatherings more and started to wander in narrow to wide lanes and pathways of kohalpur. Prakash feels he had nothing besides himself to rely upon, so poetry and eventually songwriting became his main thin dig at something of poems and then poems to Composition of songs and that to gain a piece of rap music and he has more plans for still doing more, giving more at Nepali RnB and hip-hop.
There’s always something which had apprehended him to write the poems to rap. Basically, a rap itself is a branch of slam poetry. It’s an assortment of emotions with words. It was his emotion, feeling and self-awareness that motivate him to perform or write a song. These days he has my entire focus only at rap line even more.
He entered into Nepali music industry with his first single “Aaideuna” which was not so successful but “U Got Me” is his most ambitious project yet, which now has 1 million Youtube views! It’s helped him to gain recognition and success in the Nepali Music industry — fusing the mind of a storyteller and producer together to create a romantic love tale of survival. His latest, Arajakniti, is a political rap song about civil war, the local Panchayat political system, and Nepal’s slow economic progress. He told “Nepal had to deal with a civil war where thousands perished and then it took a decade to pass a new constitution. Those who had access to power became rich and powerful, but the general public remained poor,” he said, referring to the 10-year long civil war in Nepal from 1996 to 2006. “This is why I want to alert the political fraternity through my hip-hop music.” “From “nothing” to “something” and “something” to now again” More than that ” this feeling of self-manual realization and aim of executing something at Nepali music had been his strength.”
He has already released three albums, including 30 songs yet & has done featured with several famous Nepali artists like Girish Khatiwada, Amit Dangol & Jovan Bhuju and international artist like Delon & Marvelous. He is quickly becoming one of the most successful & famed Rappers in Nepal’s growing Hip Hop community.
This Is Why Your Next Super Car Should Come From Royalty Leasing Group
Imagine driving the Lamborghini Huracan all year long in 2019, then switching it up for another supercar next year, all without buying either of the cars or parting with a ridiculously large amount of money. That is the definition of having your cake and eating it too for any car enthusiast. Sounds like the perfect fantasy, right? Well, that fantasy can now become a reality thanks to the revolutionary company, Royalty Lease Group, based in Las Vegas, Texas. Royalty Lease Group was founded by Houston Crosta and is set to be the game changer in supercar leasing. The company seeks to disrupt the supercar leasing market. This is why your next supercar should come from the Royalty Leasing group
The Royalty Lease Group Super Car Offer
The idea of Royalty Lease Group was born when Houston Crosta, discovered that there was an unattended market in the supercar leasing industry. This market comprised of individuals who could afford to lease a supercar based on their yearly income but did not meet the requirements of an ideal candidate for renting a supercar. Two of the most pressing requirements that this market could not meet were presenting a perfect credit score and great comparable car credit. This is because this specific market comprised of supercar enthusiasts who were either international personalities who have not lived in the US long enough to build up their credit or personalities who have all their expenses written off by the employer. So he set out to develop a supercar lease product that would satisfy this market.
Instead of just offering the average 30-day supercar rental option, Crosta decided to develop a 1-year long leasing offer on some high-end supercars. This way his clients could get more value for the money they would spend. He decided he would also offer constant prices that do not vary from client to client based on their credit on the down payment and monthly installments for the supercar leasing product. To top it all of, Crosta decided to counter the 2500 mileage offer on supercars from dealerships and other leasing facilities with a 7500 mileage offer for an entire year. And in 2019, thanks to this great offer, Royalty Lease Group signed their first client for a year-long lease on a supercar.
A 5-Minute Application Procedure
Royalty lease group staff pride themselves in their top-notch customer service and efficiency when it comes to the services they offer. In remaining true to who they are, they developed a 5-minute supercar lease application procedure to get you ready for your new car. The entire application procedure is carried out online, so you don’t even have to get down to Las Vegas. And in as little as 90 minutes, your application can be approved, processed and your supercar prepared for shipping to wherever you are. To sign up for your year-long supercar lease just log on to https://www.royaltyleasegroup.com. Take your time as you go through the array of supercars available then pick the car of your desire. The next step in the online application process will require you to answer a number of personal questions for the purpose of assessment. Finally, you will be requested to send your bank statements for the past 3 months and that’s it, the application process is done. After that hassle-free process, you will be one step closer to having your dream supercar.
The Future for Royalty Lease Group
In the first month of offering year-long leases on supercars, Royalty Lease Group has already signed on 4 clients and has 4 of their supercars already on the road. Since 2015, Houston Crosta has helped many car enthusiasts experience driving their dream cars through his car rental company, Royalty Exotic Cars. He now plans to fulfill the dreams of many other car enthusiasts all over America and beyond by offering unbeatable supercar lease offers through his newly established leasing company Royalty Lease Group. Houston Crosta is currently the sole financier of Royalty Lease Group. He is however in the process of seeking to attain equity funding from a hedge fund to enable him to scale his business further. Crosta envisions having at least 100 leased supercars on the road by the end of this year and expanding into Canada in the near future. Royalty Lease Group hopes to make the dreams of many car enthusiasts a reality. Isn’t it time you started living your dream too? Your supercar awaits you at https://www.royaltyleasegroup.com.
Why Every high-value lawyer is coming to Qamar Zaman for his SEO expertise
Believe it or not, SEO is more than just publishing content and adding in the necessary keywords to acquire traffic, views, and audiences. 50-yr old Qamar Zaman, a reputable SEO entrepreneur, and SEO Expert has developed a unique way to rank up on major search engines such as Google. A KISS PR story is a system developed for personal and business branding that improves organic SEO signals that Google and other search engines love. Qamar developed this system 10 years ago and has perfected results with over 28,000 plus cases studies. This is arguably Qamar’s greatest work.
When it comes to showing clients how it’s done, look no further than Qamar’s Story. The predictable system has allowed the entrepreneur to wow clients, including high-profile lawyers in New York City!
Check out the details below.
How Qamar Zaman Ventured Into Providing SEO For Law Firms
Qamarstarted things out with a can-do approach when it comes to providing SEO services in the form of Stories. He SAAS based system creates and a team of a digital marketing team deploys a cloud-hosted story newsroom which is then used for the brand to get results. The types of clients who have used this storytelling system have been used by lawyers, professional firms and small to large corporations. More often than not, the content Qamar system creates achieves large media personal and business branding and getting Page 1 Google Results.
Qamar’s work ethic and processes have set him and his partner apart from all the other content companies who work to optimize a brand’s content through SEO. Intent-based branding and identifying the market’s pain and addressing that pain is essential as it makes you more unique and valuable.
The Story System
Qamar’s Story system is designed to provide maximum branding and intent-based SEO services for all clients. There’s zero blackhat strategy, link spamming and keyword stuffing. At its core, the Story was built from the ground up and started when Qamar worked part-time in order to afford a small office without any windows.
It’s part of what makes Story so successful in bringing visitors, customers, and audiences to the business’ website and online platforms. A story is organic and focuses on bringing brands closer to the audience, therefore making them more relatable. There’s no content strategy or marketing methods that could bring a detrimental effect to SEO. As such, Google and other major search engines recognize it and put it on top of the search rankings.
Why High-Value Lawyers Choose Story
Qamar Zaman recalled a time when they were called to do SEO work for a high-profile law firm in New York. Before a meeting, the entrepreneur published a Story for the client via a predictable system. As Qamar and his partner were discussing things with the lawyer, the secretary came in and stated that the New York Firefighter’s Association wanted the lawyer to help them with their case. The association did an online search and was so impressed with what they saw that they wanted the lawyer to take care of their biggest case yet.
The New York lawyer hired Qamar on the spot and offered a six-figure deal for his Story and SEO marketing services. It was the first of many high-value professional attorneys who would seek the Story platform and what it could offer. This kind of workmanship, foresight, and attention to detail propelled Qamar to the top of the SEO game and things only got better from there.
Perfecting The Craft
Qamar recalls how Story made them desirable as an SEO company and how other SEO firms didn’t like what they were doing because of all the business they received as a result. But the entrepreneur didn’t allow that to faze him- in fact, Qamar worked to further develop and perfect Story as a top predictable system that can provide excellent SEO results give companies a solid online presence.
Furthermore, Qamar states that one of the reasons why big law firms love his way of doing SEO is because he is selective, dedicated and always exceed results and expectations. The entrepreneur chooses the next project, applies his expertise and the Story system and follows through for complete success. Law firms experience the best outcome and get their much-needed online exposure to acquiring lucrative contracts and client deals.
Qamar Zaman is a visionary in his chosen field and knows how to attract businesses, including high-value clients such as law firms and major organizations. His Story system is a prime example of hard work, dedication and thinking differently than his competitors. SEO can be achieved in many ways, and sometimes all you need is a step back to gain a higher perspective. Today, Qamar is earning upwards of six figures per project, thanks to his predictable system and never-give-up attitude.
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