“I began writing my first song that night and started my journey of becoming RC Manor. Ever since then, the journey of becoming the artist that I am has been great. I am about to release my first EP album entitled Off to Paradise.”
Check out the interview with RC Manor exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
RC Manor: It all started informally at the age of 5, possibly younger. My parents say that as a child, I would always match whatever was on the radio. I was always singing and loved having music on all the time. At the age of about ten, I was bullied in the school system and I kept singing to myself and a few people. It was until high school that I began singing in front of others again and gained some confidence.
At the age of 19, I decided to audition for American Idol season 9. After three tries, I didn’t advance. So I turned to The Voice. I was put on the maybe-list three times. I went back to the hotel and was crushed. I listened to a Tori Kelly song called “Worth It” and gave me inspiration to follow in her footsteps.
I decided to make my own destiny. I began writing my first song that night and started my journey of becoming RC Manor. Ever since then, the journey of becoming the artist that I am has been great. I am about to release my first EP album entitled Off to Paradise.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice for young aspiring artists would be to make a plan, work hard, stay true to your plan, and don’t give up. Although this advice may sound cliché, it truly helps out a lot. This business is based on timing and opportunity.
Keep building your artistry and sooner or later all of your goals will be reached and hopefully surpassed. Keep a positive attitude and when rejection comes (which is often), use it as fuel to keep reaching for your goals.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I am not only an independent artist, but I am also a full time music educator. I direct and co-direct four different groups at a high school including band, choir, guitar, and a pop vocal group. So the biggest challenge is balancing work duties as well as my artistic endeavors. I sacrifice a lot of time to be able to do everything that I set out to do, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
In today’s world, social media is a great asset in spreading the word on my music. I love the fact that I can share my music with my fans online and I can also tell my students to share my music on their social media. It’s an incredible tool to have as an artist. I love to share my work on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, etc.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
El Paso, Texas is a very unique city. It is highly family oriented and has a strong music scene in mariachi, EDM, and rock bands. It’s hard for pop artists to emerge but it’s not impossible. I love the fact that my city has a lot of support, especially in the music community. Artists are very friendly and support each other as much as we can. There are not a lot of high profile labels or agencies, but there is a great amount of artists that are ready to work at that level.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I picture myself performing more than I am this year. I’ve taken the past two years to focus on my first EP album and now I want to create my show and perfect the performance skills. I want people to truly enjoy the RC Manor experience. I would like to perform not only locally, but at the very least all over the southwest area of the US. My dream is to go all over the globe, wherever my music takes me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Musically, I have several influences since the age of 5 and some strong artistic influences in my twenties. My early childhood influences were Michael Jackson, Selena Quintanilla, Mariah Carey, NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys. In my teenage years I became a huge Belieber and in my twenties I discovered my most influential artist, Tori Kelly. This culmination of influences have molded the artist and musician that I have become.
I would like to be an advocate for music education at a grandeur scale and I believe the artist arena would help me do that. I dream very big and work hard to make those dreams a vivid reality. I hope to spread these kinds of visions to the youth of today.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I enjoy all types of music. I really enjoy singer/songwriters because it gives me an insight to their souls and minds. Currently, I especially like Tori Kelly. She writes so honestly and evokes emotion with the dynamic range of her voice.
I had given up on my dream at one point after not advancing in an audition for The Voice. I returned to my hotel room and listened to Tori Kelly’s “Worth It.” That night I had written my first original song called “Reach for the Stars” and began my journey towards my EP album. That night was a pivotal moment in my artistic life and I treasure it very much.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.rcmanormusic.com