Kingsley Ray is a recording artist from Richmond VA. Honing a passion for singing from the age of 7, Kingsley also wrote reviews for local news publications in his teenage years and studied acting too. After singing at various community events he eventually started writing and arranging original songs. Read the entire interview below, you’ll learn a lot from this talented artist!
1 – When and where did you learn to make music?
It was actually the love of writing that came first. I was a published writer at a very young age, and enjoyed doing music reviews in the teen section of the town paper in Virginia. I loved music and following the industry excited me. I trained and practiced singing and writing my own songs as a kid. Eventually, I would audition to sing “I Believe I Can Fly”, for an Earth Day commercial and got it. It confirmed the possibilities early on. Going to an arts high school, learning recording engineering in a big studio, and years of recording and performing underground in a duo, have helped shaped the artist I am. That, and a few good vocal coaches in my back pocket!
2 – What inspires you to be creative?
Life inspires me. I now allow myself “to go there” with self expression from a real place. Whether good or bad, there is a song in everything we go through and experience.
3 – Is there a particular place where you feel most creative?
My music room is where I shut everything out and it’s all about Kingsley Ray the artist.
4 – Did you discover your artistic talent at the age of 7? How was that possible?
Even before that age, I had a fascination with sounds. There was always a variety of genres being played around the house from Classic Rock to Reggae to RnB… I loved it all. I wanted to be Michael Jackson at 7 though, totally.
5 – Do you ever find yourself unable to express your creativity to the fullest?
I think that being in a group, there will be creative differences that can be challenging to creativity, especially when both artists are songwriters with different production ideas and perspectives. I always loved Pop, Rock, RnB, and EDM. A major part of stepping out on my own with this project was being able to explore and express my interests in a free form but cohesive way.
6 – Why did you release an EDM remix of your latest single “Crushin”? Is EDM music now more popular than RnB?
I love EDM music. With Crushin’, I tested it on many honest ears to confirm a good fit. There was a period of time that many remarked was the EDM takeover and “RnB is dead” was thrown around. I think sounds are ever evolving, but genres will forever hold some level of an audience. RnB will never die. It even lives in some of the EDM music. Popularity consistently shifts. There is room and relevance for all.
7 – Are you a big fan of EDM DJs? Who are your favorite ones?
I have been a longterm fan of both David Guetta and Avicii. I’d love to work with Calvin Harris, Diplo, and Skrillex. I’ve been rocking to Dubstep remixes by Skrillex and the Jack U album with Diplo is still in heavy rotation. “Where Are They Now” is a classic fave and another, “Mind” with Kai (also of my fave videos this year). Also, I must, of course, shout out the talented DJ Hi-5 out of Baltimore Md for “Crushin'” my song.
8 – We read that you’re also an actor. How does your acting career has contributed to your artistic life?
Acting allows for metamorphosis into another persona. It’s a different form of storytelling. I became a theater arts student in high school and it helped me build confidence in myself that would transcend into other areas of interest such as music. My adult experiences have taught me a lot about myself, a constant work in progress, but humbled experiences that allow me to stand before a crowd of people on such a platform.
9 – What’s your favorite song you have ever written?
I have many favorites that mostly come from personal experiences, but one of my most favorited is a track called “One Bit”. A true story about meeting someone wonderful, but they have to go away for some months. Dealing with the emotions of it all I started writing “I don’t like it one bit”. That was one of the first raw and real songs I performed.
10 – Do you have any upcoming projects that we should know about?
Absolutely! The album is done. I look forward to rolling out more material from it this summer, ahead of the release. Definitely, more performance dates, forthcoming videos, and some major things coming. You can stream the download the new Crushin’ EDM remix below:
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Diego Druck Reveals What Listeners Can Expect From “A Different Way”
Get to know Diego Druck, a talented EDM artist who discovered his passion for music at age 14 and has since channeled his eclectic influences into his productions, including remixes for Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi. He has just released his new single “A Different Way,” all details are revealed in this interview!
1 — How would you describe your sound and how has it evolved over time?
I’m an extremely eclectic guy, so in my productions, I always try to bring inspiration from all kinds of music genres and masterpieces that shaped my music taste throughout my life.
2 — When did you realize you wanted to turn music into a career?
At age 14 I went to my first EDM festival and got to see first hand Vintage Culture playing a set while the crowd went crazy happy. At that moment I realized what I wanted to do with my life.
3 — Can you talk about the experience of remixing for artists like Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi?
It was unbelievable for me when I first found out I would have a chance to submit a remix for both of them. Even more when they got approved. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity of working with these icons and share a track with them. Both of them are huge inspirations for me.
4 — What is the inspiration behind your recent song “A Different Way”?
At the time I first wrote the song with my guitar, I was going through some internal conflicts about some decisions and my life paths. “A Different Way” is a reflection of myself.
5 — What steps did you take when producing it?
It started as a Jazz-like sound on my guitar, and I kinda free-styled the lyrics on it. Later on I passed it to my DAW and started building a House beat behind it, then recorded all the vocals and guitar sounds over it. Fun fact: the acoustic guitar used for the riff fill was the guitar my father got from his father when he was only 5 years old.
6 — How do you hope listeners will respond to this tune?
I hope everyone can assimilate what I was feeling and inspire reflections about themselves. I guess everyone has these kinds of thoughts about their own life choices.
Just try to do music just like you would love to hear!
8 — Are you already working on upcoming projects?
Not only working but there are several tracks ready to go for the next months, originals and remixes. Stay tuned!
9 — How did Florianopolis shape your music?
The EDM and clubbing scene is very strong in my city. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience it from a young age, and it has opened many opportunities for learning and expanding my musical background ever since.
10 — Musically speaking, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Just as I am now, learning and exploring the infinite universe of musical possibilities.
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Beth Crowley: From Books To Music — A Revealing Interview
In this revealing interview, Beth Crowley shares insights into her creative process, the challenges she faces as an artist, and her passion for books and reading. Get ready to dive into the mind of this talented woman and find out what makes her music unique.
1 — Can you tell us about your new single “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” and how it relates to the book of the same name?
“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is based on the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, which is about a woman who makes a bargain with the devil where she will get to live forever, but the catch is that no one she meets will remember her. It’s such an interesting premise for a story — how much of life’s enjoyment comes from the people around you who love you? For the song, I wanted to capture how sad and haunting it would be to know that you can’t truly make an impact on the world. I tried to take some themes from the book so that people who have read it will know the “easter eggs” in the song, but it’s not so specific that people who haven’t read it wouldn’t enjoy it.
2 — What makes this composition worth listening to?
I am always proudest of my lyrics. It’s such a careful and painstaking process to craft the exact right lyrics, so I hope that alone makes “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” worth listening to.
3 — Is there any specific book or author that has had a significant impact on your music?
I don’t think my first book-based song “Warrior” would have taken off like it did if it weren’t for Cassandra Clare (the author of the books it was based on) being incredibly kind and supportive not only when it came out but in the years since. I will always be grateful to her for that.
4 — What would be the title of your life story if it was a book?
Well, This Has Been Unexpected.
5 — Your tunes are often described as emotional piano ballads with cinematic elements. Are you open to experimenting with different sounds in the future?
Absolutely! I don’t think I have painted myself into a corner throughout the years with only having one “sound”— I have had songs that are a little more Rock, musical theatre, or even Country. Doing the same thing over and over again is boring, and I don’t ever want my music to get too predictable.
6 — “Warrior” is your most popular track to date, and it has been streamed over 16 million times on Spotify. What do you believe to be the key factors that contributed to this achievement?
Like I said earlier, Cassandra Clare sharing the song and being so supportive is a huge factor in that. But I also think “Warrior” just resonated with people. It’s about realizing that you are stronger than you think you are, which is something we not only see in tons of different characters through books/movie/television, but something people relate to within themselves as well.
I hate to be vague and say that it’s just a feeling I get, but it really is. When I am writing a song, sometimes I’ll finish a full set of lyrics and just sit with it for a while to see if it still feels right. But sometimes I immediately know it’s done. When I am in the studio, my producer Daniel and I will usually get to a point where we think it might be ready, then listen all the way through one more time just to make sure. It really does just boil down to a “feeling” though.
8 — What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your artistic career?
I think my biggest struggle has been trying to not take numbers and social media algorithms too personally. No one really knows how the algorithms work, which can be frustrating when it feels like they control if people are going to hear your music or not. When the algorithms don’t work in your favor and a song doesn’t do as well as you hoped, it’s easy to feel like it’s a failure even if the people who do hear it have good things to say about it. I have to remind myself that I can only do so much and just keep putting out music that I am proud of.
9 — When not working on new music, what other hobbies does Beth Crowley enjoy?
Unsurprisingly, I love reading. There is something really therapeutic about listening to an audiobook while doing a jigsaw puzzle, so I do that pretty often. I host trivia once a week at a bar, which I love. And I spend a lot of time with my family.
10 — Finally, can you reveal details about your upcoming projects?
“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is the first single from my upcoming album ‘Unabridged,’ which is going to be all book-based songs. I am really looking forward to seeing people’s reactions when I reveal which books I chose to write songs about, and I have some really great videos and other fun things to go along with them. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
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More To Discover: Additional Insights Into Rubayne’s EP ‘Connections’
Don’t miss out on rising artist Rubayne’s new EP ‘Connections,’ a blend of genres he calls Bass Pop exploring the ups and downs of love. With a special live performance airing on February 24th and music videos planned, it’s an EP not to be missed. Read the interview to learn more.
1 — What is the main theme you explore in your new EP ‘Connections’?
The EP is a set of eclectic love stories that are connected to each other. Throughout the EP, you will discover the feeling of falling in love, being in love, and holding on to love in the toughest time.
2 — Is there any special meaning behind its title?
There are multiple. Firstly, the titles of the songs relate to each other. In addition, I made a stronger connection with my music by involving myself in the songwriting as well.
3 — Did you collaborate with other artists or producers on this project?
Yes. There are a couple of great singers involved with ‘Connections’! Some new, some I do know from the start. I must give credit and big ups to Romy Dya, Yunnee, EthanUno, and Ansaly for their amazing work.
4 — How did you go about crafting the overall sound and style?
The approach for creating ‘Connections’ was different in comparison to my regular creative approach. With each project, I first focused on selecting a main instrument that would characterize the song. Unattainable has the guitar, “Connections” has the bass, and “In Love Tonight” has the piano. After the main instrument and its melody, I would carve out the full production.
I had not, but I focused on having a blend of genres that I and the love theme associate with. I would say this blend of genres can be best described as Bass Pop.
6 — Is there a particular track on the EP that you have a special connection with?
Nope! They are equally special to me and as they complement each other, I feel that I have a special connection with the project as a whole.
7 — Are there any things you wish you had done differently?
When it comes to the EP, there’s nothing I wish I had done differently.
8 — In what ways do you think your songs will resonate with listeners?
I think this project, as well as other songs I have made, encourages its listeners to open up and acknowledge their feelings. I hope my music provides the listeners with a better understanding of themselves.
9 — Have you ever considered creating a music video for any of these news tracks?
I did! I feel like each of the songs has a visual story to tell. However, I have prepared something special for this EP which is visually pleasing as well.
10 — Is there anything else you would like to share about the EP that we haven’t covered in this interview?
To celebrate the release of ‘Connections,’ I recorded a live performance of the EP with all the vocalists and an amazing guitarist (Rob). It will air on February 24th and you can get notified here.