“I’ll be living life and chasing this dream of mine whether it is in a studio or at home writing a song or on a stage performing to a crowd. Music is where I’ll be a year from now.”
Check out the interview with Big Rayn exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
BR: Well for me it all started in Houston, Texas born and raised until I was 12, that’s where I picked up the hip-hop culture. At that time I haven’t even thought about being an artist or entertainer. It wasn’t until after I moved to East Texas that I started really listing to rap music religiously and freestyling for fun. One thing leads to another and my love for the music, the rush, and fun of entertaining lead me to start writing. By the time I was 16 I made a name for myself and made one of my first CDs. From that point on, I’ve pushed this dream of mine and will keep pushing until I’ve made my mark.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Keep doing what makes you happy. No one’s going to chase your dreams for you and anybody that has had a major come up will tell you that they have taken risks to get to the point there at. Even the days that you feel lost and have inner battles with yourself that your not good enough or will never blow up as an artist use that doubt as fuel to do better.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Trying to come up as an artist and maintaining my position. My networking and promotion skills are not at it’s highest and trying to get there where they need to be is one of the hardest challenges for me.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I’m a very social person so what I do is every party, club, bar, job site, venue, festival etc. I promote my music word of mouth and always have a recording of new material ready at all times. I also post my music on social media sites as well as social media groups for the chance to expand my network and get criticism on my material. Last but not least I post my music on SoundCloud, YouTube and even have a song on Spinrilla. Hopefully, in the near future, I’ll have my music in my major music places such as Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The city that I grew up in for most my life after I moved from Houston and one I’d like to see put on the map is Lufkin, TX it’s a city about two and a half hours from Houston. It’s a mix between country and city, it’s for sure a party place. Some of my closest people are from
there and they (clubs, bars, venues, people) have supported me since day one along with fellow artists. There is so much talent in this city whether it be a rapper, vocalist, drummer, guitar player, or anything. The music scene is crazy just too little to expand.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I’ll be living life and chasing this dream of mine whether it is in a studio or at home writing a song or on a stage performing to a crowd. Music is where I’ll be a year from now.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I’ve always been the kind of guy that does his own thing and stands out so for the longest I really didn’t have any idles in music or in life besides my mother. I’ve always thought if I could work as hard as her and be a fraction the kind of person she is I would definitely succeed and to this day she has been the person that I still look up too. Now music wise there’s definitely a hand full of people that either push me to write more, write better or just inspire me. Most of the time they are friend’s, people on the streets playing for some change or a no-name artist in a club struggling to get his name heard. There’s is one big name that I have found myself looking up too, and that is a man by the name of Jellyroll. He’s an artist out of Tennessee that definitely inspires me to keep pushing.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like most of today’s hip-hop music consist of a lot of hype, mumbling and riding the beat some catchier than others, but definitely a lack of lyricist. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of bad ass artists out there, but for the most part, we need to stop letting people think it’s alright to talk on a track with an instrumental and call it a song.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can contact me on-