“I’m currently touring around the country with Next Chapter and am planning to tour in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. On January 15, 2016 I released a full length album called I Want Her Back.”

Check out the interview with Ryan Lucas exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ryan Lucas: I’m a DC, USA based hip hop performer and producer who recently moved to Los Angeles and I’m influenced by A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, N.E.R.D., Common, Yasiin Bey, and WuTang. Growing up in the DMV, I developed a deep passion for hip hop which spiraled into a lifelong ambition.

With strong determination and dedication, I recorded the EP Boy Meets Girl under the name Kevin Live that received much positive feedback. As a follow up to Boy Meets Girl I recorded and released another EP called Next Chapter that’s was considered a powerful addition to his catalog. I’m currently touring around the country with Next Chapter and am planning to tour in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. On January 15, 2016 I released a full length album called I Want Her Back.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Practice your craft. Network with artists/producers/managers/media. Find money or investors. Go 100%.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Determining what to invest in. Not responding to negative energy directed towards me. Balancing time with music and time with family and friends.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Spreading love. Supporting other people who are actively pursuing their dreams. Staying true to my music. Making each fan feel like they are the greatest fan you have.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Some artists support one another. Some don’t. Some fans embrace local talents. Others won’t.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Touring around the world and making incredible music.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Nina Simone is my biggest inspiration. She was a master at her craft and she used her talent to fight against hate.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love creativity. If I hear something flipped in a way I have not heard it I love it.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Website: www.RyanLucasDC.com
BandCamp: www.RyanLucas.BandCamp.com
Soundcloud: ryanlucasdc
Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @RyanLucasDC
Email: RyanLucasLLC@gmail.com