“With all the social issues on the rise again I believe it’s time we make our music stand up for us. I remember when music was a movement. A tool to unite people of color demanding respect and equality.”
Check out the interview with Redris exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Redris: I come from a musical background. My father plays guitar like most of the men in my family. My cousin Omar is a beast on any guitar. My grandmother plays the piano and my mom sings. Growing up I was inspired by my family. I first started playing piano by ear and writing before I was a teenager.
I was thrown into the choir and singing was something I developed over time. My first solo performance was at Crows Nest in Atlanta, GA. I was so nervous I kept closing my eyes and grabbing myself. My mom has been a major force and supporter. She has always pushed me to get back up there and share my gifts.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I like to promote my music on social media and invite listeners to comment and ask questions. Reverberation has a great fan collector system. I periodically send my fans emails for updates. I’ll send them music for free if they’re in my fan club. That helps promote because when they play it other people who don’t know about my music will get a chance to become fans.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
This is a very tough industry to be involved in. However, it chose me and no matter how many times I want to quit I can’t. Dealing with shady people and being disappointed so many times can be very discouraging. I thank God for my support from my fans and family. They keep me grounded and focused. Sometimes all it takes is that one little fan email to get me back on my grind.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
It can be kind of cliquish, but we all support and show each other love. There are many extremely talented underground artists in Atlanta. Many of them can be heard and appreciated in places like Apache, Singers Room, and Red Light Cafe.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think music will eventually go back to black. Get back to singing and rapping about things that matter in our community. With all the social issues on the rise again I believe it’s time we make our music stand up for us. I remember when music was a movement. A tool to unite people of color demanding respect and equality.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I would tell them to study their craft. This business is 80% hard work and little play. Many artists come into this not knowing anything about how the industry works. Don’t be one of those artists who gets chewed up by the industry because you’re caught with your pants down.
There are a lot of shady people who seek out artists with big dreams and little experience or knowledge. They will take advantage of you because you don’t know what you’re doing. I meet many young artists with talent that fall in this trap and get discouraged from using their God given talents!
What inspires you to write your next song?
Most of my songs are personal and have some type of truth that applies to my life. I have to live in order to inspire others. I have to fall in love. Get my heart broken. Overcome my insecurities and let downs. I want to be relatable to my audience. I don’t want it to be my song, I want the music to be ours.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I never rush into making a song. I wait until it just comes naturally. Believe it or not, I free style the majority of my songs. I’ll get an idea and make the track. Then I’ll turn on my mic and start singing. After I will refine the lyrics and rearrange the track to fit the arrangement. After I’m done with it I won’t listen to it for a few days. Then when I listen to it again and I still get the same connection and feeling it’s done.
What do you think makes a great song?
Originality and a catchy hook. I find that when the average person can sing along with you they enjoy it better. I think finding the perfect combination of “doing you” while giving your listener the opportunity to join in makes for a great song.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official Website: www.Iamredris.com