“Make your own wave and ride it.”
Check out the interview with Earsnatcher Cray exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Earsnatcher Cray: It all started in Memphis, TN around the time I was 14 just freestyling with one of the homies from the hood. We used to freestyle everyday till one day he said get on the mic. Ever since that day I have been writing because he always told me as long as I feel my music that’s all that matters. So that kept me always writing. I ended up incarcerated at 16 that landed me in the TDOC corrections for 5 years. Once I got out I was confident enough to hit the real studio.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Make your own wave and ride it.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Dealing with real life as far as working and trying to stay relevant doing shows and networking. The bills don’t care about nobody’s dream. You gotta get it all to a common ground. Make every move you make count.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
YouTube, house parties, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and colleges.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
My city is honestly the essence to soul. The artists here are doing it how they want and the fans will listen, but you gotta grab their attention. If you miss the chance you might be history. All in all Memphis is such a great city once you get to know the real down to earth people here.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I just see myself having a project or two about the things I overcame or the things I learned throughout the year. Once people learn I’m great at collaboration, then I’ll have a ton more because I work fast. I’m planning on having copyrights. I’ll have notary.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Staying in tune with God keeps me humble, but I look up to everyone who has come from nothing. I’m really wowed by some of the rags to riches stories I hear. Shows me I can do it, like watching a video on a person who can’t walk and learn to walk again over time.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s okay. I just think the real artists haven’t been found yet. Look underground and find a diamond in the rough.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: Earsnatcher Cray