“Some people don’t seem to take independent rappers and artists seriously … I used to stress out about that, but I don’t let it get me down anymore.”
Check out the interview with Ryan Shreds exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ryan Shreds: I started playing guitar and writing songs when I was 14, and then I did a rap rock project with one of my old friends a year later. He called me one day and told me he wanted to start rapping, and we eventually got together and recorded songs with him rapping and me doing backing vocals and playing all the other instruments.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t make music to impress anyone. Do it because you want to and because you love to do it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would have to say getting recognized. Some people don’t seem to take independent rappers and artists seriously, because they only find bad quality recordings or album covers, and they won’t dig deeper to find the good ones. I used to stress out about that, but I don’t let it get me down anymore.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and other social media are good ways. I also think playing live is a good way because if people don’t know you and they like what they hear, they’ll be more interested in your brand.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
A lot of people in Houston are pretty chill and laid back. There are a lot of great musicians here too. Some things about the music scene could be better, but most of the people I’ve met are cool.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Making more awesome music with my band and different artists.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My influences are diverse, but I think my biggest ones include Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Janet, Sublime, Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube. An artist from today I like is Frank Ocean because he made me want to incorporate singing into my own unique sound.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Some people may think otherwise, but I think there’s still a lot of great music coming out. You just have to want to find it if you want to hear it.