What drew you to the music industry?
It kind of runs in my family. My grandmother played the piano and sang in church and my dad played and instrument and was in a band as well. As a young child I always wanted to be a musician but I never thought about being in the music industry professionally. It wasn’t until my time in the military was up that I decided to get my recording arts degree and do it as a career.
▪ Who are you inspired by?
I have a lot of musical influences that cross different genres & styles. For example, I listen to a lot rock & heavy metal so I’m into bands like Papa Roach, Linkin Park and 3 Days Grace to name a few. I’m also into hip hop producers like Dr. Dre, Jazzy Phae and DJ Paul & Juicy J. That’s why my sound is so unique.
▪ Please explain your creative process.
I’m a songwriter and an artist but I’m also a producer & composer to and I produce all my own tracks. My songs are based around big musical beats so I start with the production then move to the songwriting.
▪ What’s an average day like for you?
On a regular day I average anywhere from 3-4 hours of sleep. I spend about 9 hours a day in the corporate world during which time I spend a lot of times making phone calls, working the internet and just overall building my production company/record label “Popular Uprising”. Afterword’s I’ll head to the studio where I’m normally working till about 4 or 5 in the morning.
▪ How did you come up with the concept for your recent single “Never Back Down”? Where can fans find your music?
I’ve always loved the rock/heavy metal sound, with the distorted guitars and brash syncopated drums. I love the raspy vocals as well as the way it’s arranged musically. I wanted to incorporate those aspects with what I was doing with hip hop. Fans can find “Never Back Down” on Spotify, Apple Music/ITunes and all other online music retailers. Please follow me on Spotify and ITunes and add me to your playlists.
▪ Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
Very rarely do I collaborate with rappers as for song features but I will make beats/tracks for other rappers. I really enjoy collaborating with singers and musicians though. I can be somewhat of a control freak when working in the studio, but my peers respect it because they know I have the best interest of the song or project in mind.
▪ Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.
My fans can follow me on Instagram, FB & Twitter @RansomReigns. They can also visit my website WWW.RansomReignsTrax.com. I also have a mailing list on my website that fans can sign up for to get access to new & unreleased music, videos and other free content. I have a really welcoming policy towards my fans on social media. We joke back in forth all the time, they like my stupid since of humor.
▪ What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
My favorite part about this line of work is being a creator. I love the act of writing & creating music. But I hate all of the inner politics involved and how most of the executives and decision makers are not musically knowledgeable. I also hate how modern A&Rs think a lot of Instagram followers somehow equate to a talented artist.
▪ What are you currently working on?
My next single is called “Burn In My Light”. It will be released early in 2019. I’m also back in the studio working on my full album. Besides that as you know I’m also a producer so I recently launched my online beat store which is available on my website WWW.RansomReignsTrax.com. If you’re a singer, rapper or band and you’re looking for hot/unique music production for your next single or musical project be sure to go to my site and check out some tracks.
▪ How is your music/sound different/unique from everything that’s going on now?
My music is a fusion of metal/rock blended with some of hip hop’s darker genres like trap, drill & grime. I call it “Trap Rock”. I love the sound of crunchy electric guitars mixed with hard 808s’ and trap drums. I’m a artist who hates to be labeled and to be placed in a box, so don’t call me a “rapper”
▪ What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
The best advice I would give someone trying to make it in this business is to learn as much about the music business as you can, work on your craft, and be persistent.