Today we are sharing an interview with Ogre Man aka Earl Ray: artist from Oak Cliff Texas who comes from a deep rooted musical family. Earl Ray started out singing in church when he was four years old and his mother bought him a cassette recorder so he could record his songs.
1. First of all, tell us about how did you start your music career?
- I got started at a young age like many musicians in our industry. I started out singing when I was 4 and my mom bought me a tape recorder. When I turned 8 I started getting more involved in rap and haven’t looked back since. My career has had ups and downs but it is has made me stronger in many ways and for that I am thankful.
2. Who are your music inspirations?
- I have a few to be exact but my favorite artist growing up was Scarface. I also grew up listening to artist like Ice Cube, Tech N9ne, Tupac, Biggie, Public Enemy, Nemesis, WU-Tang, UGK and Outkast so I guess all of them have inspired me in one way or another. I also found inspiration from The Isleys, The OJays, Rick James, Prince and Michael Jackson.
3. Our readers would like to know more about your music. Any interesting facts?
- My sound is very different I have a song called Industry’s Problem produced by C.G. for Manipulative Musicc and several people who reviewed the song said I had a Chuck D like sound and to me that was a high honor as he is a legend in the game. I have a song out now called Royal Treatment also produced by C.G. and it has got some good reviews but music is unique and not every song is going to be liked by the same people and to me that is what make our industry great.
4. What opinions have you recieved about your music?
- The opinions are mixed some say they like my style and they can see the picture I paint with words. Others have said they don’t like all the music I do but it may fit some ones liking. I enjoy criticism just as much as praise because everyone isn’t going to understand what you are trying to put together. But the greatest opinion I have ever received was to never give up no matter if your music reaches one fan or a million keep your energy the same.
5. What do you like to do more: songwriting or performing?
- I like performing as much as writing but it’s wonderful when you on stage and the crowd feels your energy. My crew and I aka the Dallas Zu have done several shows and the energy that we give in a performance you can see the crowd feed off it and vibe with you it makes it a wonderful experience. Songwriting is also key, you have to put together something that makes the listeners want to engage with your song.
6. Which countries do you want to visit with tour?
- I would love to tour the UK as well as France. I have worked with a producer from France named Labo the Beat Maker and the project we did got a lot of love and I would love to just go and put on a great show and meet as many people as possible and connect on a whole new level. I also would love to go to Brazil and tour with my boy The Brazilian Bambino once we release our second project our group name is Foreign Familia.
7. How do you deal with haters?
- I just let them say what they want and I continue to do great things. In life no matter what you will always run into people who dislike what you do but can’t give a good reason why. In a crazy way I appreciate them just as much as those whom love what I do.
8. What would you tell to your fans?
- I want to thank each and every person who likes my music it’s because of you all support why I continue to put out new music. Fans are important to every artist and without them we as artist would have the audience to perform for. An to my future fans I want to thank you in hopes that I keep writing music that will entertain as well as inspire.