Today we have Ryan D. Neely with us, and here we are going to share his exclusive interview with loyal readers of our blog. so, without wasting the time let’s get started.
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Q: First of all we want to say welcome to you.
A: Thank You
Q: How did you come into music industry?
A: I first came into the music industry in 2000 with my first professional released album called Wakem’ Up. I went by the name of M.C. Ryan as I was rapping back then. Before that, I had released an underground beat tape and mixtape for free which inspired me to do something on a greater level.
Q: Who was your inspiration for music?
A: My first inspiration for music was Michael Jackson. I enjoyed how well he produced his own music and entertained people with his dance moves and movies. My second inspiration for music was Kris Kross. I liked how they made mostly clean rap songs and entertained people with their anthem-influenced dance type rap songs on their first album. Ironically, Michael Jackson invited Kris Kross to go on tour with him for his “Dangerous” tour.
Q: What is the name of your debut song?
A: The current debut song for my Ryan D. Neely (self-titled) album is “Just Lay Down.” It currently has the most streams out of all of the album’s songs. It is also the first song where I had a music video made using real actors.
Q: Say something about your musical journey?
A: My musical journey has been fun. I have learned a lot and met a lot of cool people. What I have learned continually though is that success is not based on how “hot” a song or album is. Instead, success is based on relationships. Therefore, I want to build multiple relationships so that where success may happen, it can be shared.
Q: Who helped you most in your journey?
A: The people who have helped me most in my journey are the late Andre Green, Jeff Woods, and Roger Ball. Andre Green was a Christian rapper and minister from Louisville, Kentucky. He opened the doors for many Christian rappers in Louisville to be brought in and rap at churches. I started out making Christian rap music and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization brought us together as they included us on a mixtape. Jeff Woods served as my music promoter for about two years. He landed me show after show at churches helping me to showcase my creativity and pay my bills. Roger Ball was a Cadet I crossed paths with from a Cadet Summer training program. I am a Soldier in the Army Reserves currently holding a Drill Sergeant position. I later followed him on Instagram and he encouraged me to start releasing music through Distrokid. The rest is history.
Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?
A: The best piece of advice I ever got came from an associate of mine name Howie Gano. He runs a music studio in Louisville, Kentucky. One day I was rapping in his studio over a beat I had purchased. To me, it was one of the best beats I had heard. But, I remember him looking at me and asking if I had made it. When I replied, “No,” he then then told me of how much he like the beats I made. That encouraged me to get back to making beats.
Q: What do you do nowadays?
A: Nowadays, I have been making beats on weekly basis. It is a hobby that allows me to escape while also hoping to inspire others with “ear candy.” I am first and foremost a family man though and enjoy my lovely wife, kids, and pets dearly.
Q: Let us know something about your future projects.
A: I cannot say I have a narrowed down idea about any future projects. I just make beats and let things come to me by staying spontaneous. But, I can say that presently I have been working on hip hop compositions.
Q: What is your message to your fans?
A: My message for fans is to treat people with kindness and nourish your relationships. We all need each other. Also, do not let fame be a goal, but embrace your authenticity.
Q: Any message for a new artist?
A: To all the new artist, if you want to move up in the music industry, do not be afraid to take the stairs rather than trying to catch the elevator. This way you can build a solid foundation for yourself. Allow people to not only like your music, but like you as well.