Q&A With Ryan D. Neely
Mar. 05, 2021
How long have you been making music?
When it comes to making music, I have been doing so for over 30 years. I first started making beats when I was six years old as I received a Casio SK-1 style keyboard for Christmas. I would put on the preloaded drum patterns and string together melodies that I could freestyle to. As the years passed, I noticed that I was able to copy just about any melody I heard on the radio and play it by ear on my keyboard. This inspired me to be more creative as I understood that I had a knack for something unique. By the time I reached high school, I purchased a six-track sequencing keyboard from radio shack and the rest is history. That purchased change my entire vision on the possibilities of creating music.
In what genre would you categorize your music?
When you listen to my music, you can first hear the hip hop drum patterns against the pop and rhythm and blues (r&b) pianos, synths, or melodies. If I were to nail it all down, I would say that I am seeking to give people something they can dance to. However, I still keep an array of medium to slow beats in my portfolio. The easiest way to categorize my music would be for me to stick with hip hop. I find myself being more creative when making hip hop beats and its culture has had the most influence on me as a musician.
What are some of your favorite albums of all time?
My first and foremost favorite album of all time is Michael Jackson's Thriller. Not only is it the best selling album of all time currently, but each song is captivating and takes listeners somewhere. I have always had an appreciation for musicians who can tell stories. Also, this album is a Neely family favorite from my first family (father, mother, sisters) to my now family.
My second favorite album is Kris Kross's Totally Krossed Out. It was a rap album that was clean lyrically and street culturally. It also had a lot of songs that people could rap along with and dance to.
My third favorite album of all time is Jon B's Bonafide. I still listen to that album today and get chills. Babyface has always been a top music producer and this to me is another one of his classics. This album mentally takes me back to eighth grade, the year where I most had my identity challenged during puberty. I would listen to this album to soothe me and take the stresses of the day away as I found myself thinking of love stories rather than self-esteem issues.