Racayan, tell us a little more about how you first got into music!
Like a lot of people, music was around heavily growing up.
My cousin's taste in music had a huge influence on me as child, they were into 90's R&B and Hip-Hop.
So, what I would do was borrow their cassettes without asking, then I would just pop the tape in my Sony Walkman and zone out.
As far as creating, I got into beat making when I was 12 years old.
I was introduced to it once I got detention in the seventh grade where it was mandatory for me to partake in an after school program.
The program was called "Beacon" and they had different creative clubs, I had to chose one to participate in and I resonated with the DJ Club more than anything.
It happen to be a Tuesday, and they usually go up to the computer lab on those days to learn Fruity Loops (FL Studios).
Being intrigued with puzzles and figuring things out on my own, I wanted to teach myself Fruity Loops without getting any help.
After the first hour was up, I ended up creating my first beat and the instructor was so impressed, that he played it for the whole after school program.
I remember that feeling and I was hooked after that.
You are an incredible songwriter & producer; what does your creative process look like when it comes to making songs?
When I create, I’m always channeling something, a lot of times I try to recapture a feeling.
Whether it’s from hearing a certain song, interacting with people, or just taking in nature; I try to remember how certain things made me feel.
And when I get into the studio, I try to reverse engineer that feeling.
My creative process usually starts with me setting a foundation, whether it’s the soundscape/vibe or it’s a song idea stemming from a poem.
Once I get the foundation dialed in, that’s when I collaborate with the right talent to fulfill the vision.
What would you say to aspiring artists who look up to your music?
Maneuver through your purpose.
Music is not our purpose, it’s the language we use to help fulfill it.
So, find your purpose and rock with it.
Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?
Right now, I’m working on wrapping up a couple more singles and a remix project.
But I’m always creating, so definitely expect to see a lot more music.
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