“You have to know exactly who you are and what you stand for and don’t lose sight. It’s all or nothing, no in-between.”

Check out the interview with RayThaRebel exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
I grew up in a family full of musicians. I started recording on my own in high school just to see what would happen. I was just making music that I like for my ears only. Never took it serious until I went to the military in 2006 and people heard my music. Even then I still wasn’t set on it. Then I met Chamillionaire and Paul Wall at a concert in Seattle, WA. They let me get on stage to rap. The crowd reaction was insane. That’s when I knew I had something.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I use social media. These days social media is all you really need. I follow those who I relate to and tag them in my work or attach my work to what’s trending with hashtags. I also sign up for music reviews and blogsite features. Keep my name in rotation with the entertainment world.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Man, the greatest challenge to me is being heard and convincing the music world that you too have a rare talent to offer. There are so many people trying to make it in this business and there isn’t a lot that hasn’t been said or done already. I just use my character and personality to overcome that issue.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from Houston, TX. The music scene down here is always jumping, but it’s harder to get heard because so many people are doing the same thing. As much as I hate to say it, Houston fans support others more than their own. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re plugged in with the right people at the right places you will get love from the city.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
At this rate, honestly I don’t know. I would love for music to get back to its art form that took time and creativity. Songs that told stories that fans could relate to and play if they were in certain situations or needed to express themselves but didn’t have the words. I just think as an artist we need to challenge ourselves and give our fans the best version of us.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Never change who you are and what you do just because it works for someone else. Find your thing and perfect it. Everything isn’t for everyone, so don’t listen to the negativity. You have to know exactly who you are and what you stand for and don’t lose sight. It’s all or nothing, no in-between.

What inspires you to write your next song?
It depends on what I’m going through or what someone else around me is going through. For me music is a form of expression and an outlet. I try to think of situations or scenarios and come up with a track that will compliment it or intensify it.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
I keep a note pad that I write the random lyrics that come to my mind throughout the day. Mostly catchy hooks or phrases. Then I flip through 100 plus beats until I find something that matches my mood. Then I start putting bars together from my notes like a puzzle.

What do you think makes a great song?
A great song starts with a great production that the people will listen to even if it didn’t have words. Then you need a hook with a catchy and creative message. Last but not least, you need a voice that’s pleasing to the ears and a delivery that grabs their attention and doesn’t sound like everything else.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.raytharebel.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/raytharebel
Twitter: www.twitter.com/raytharebel
Instagram: www.instagram.com/raytharebel