Ryan Elijah's latest 'Down' is worth a listen. It's about a downtime in his life and putting a visual out there for those who haven't heard of him... yet. Shot in the Fernandina Beach/ Amelia area some of our locals there might recognize the scenery. He's been featured before and we really like where he's headed. Check out his Official Music Video and while you're at it head over and give his YouTube page a sub.
Who is Carrie Mercy!? That's the million dollar question and G4R caught up with her to find out just that. She's the latest artist to grace our pages and though a little hesitant at first about her talent all doubts were erased after listening to one of her tracks. They say looks can be deceiving but this package carries a one - two knock out punch. Her latest 'Push' is captivating, club inspiring and deceptively fresh. We listen to about a dozen new tracks per day and it's not often one jumps out at us.
I recognize the handy work of producer Steven Valles and Dre Vader and want to give them a plug for finding this diamond in the rough. [Ed note just before publishing this article Carrie hinted toward a Co-Producer status with these guys. -James]. G4R is no stranger to their stable of artists and all have delivered. For struggling up and coming artists trying to get over the hump we recommend contacting them.... best move you can make in the early stages of your career. Check their new page called Status Quo Music Group and get a jump on the competition. They are easy to work with and to be honest most of our featured guests have come from their production company. Great work guys! Ed note: While writing this article Carrie informed us she is a Co Producer/ Engineer in this organization.. kudos lady!
We caught up with Carrie recently and wanted to get the scoop first hand on this rising performer. So much I wanted to ask when I first viewed her profile and catalog of songs but will keep it short for the article. We will have a follow up and possible podcast in the future. Couldn't wait to get started, here we go!
G4R: Where are you from?
Carrie Mercy: I was born and raised around Tomah Wisconsin and in the Wisconsin area. I'm almost 29 years old with two beautiful sons Baine and Draven. They take up most of my time with building forts, gardening, exploring nature science and nerding out. When the moon comes out and they are asleep and I find time to write and work on music whether that means four hours of sleep:)
G4R: What was your inspiration for getting into music?
Carrie: Growing up I was influenced by many Artists so I couldn't pick one!! From Classic Rock, Rolling Stones, CCR, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors to Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, KoRn, Adema, Tonya Tucker lol to 2 PAC, Bone Thugs and Harmony, BIGGY, DMX, Refugees, Troy Nappy Roots MIA, Nas, Cypress Hill, Dr Dre, Beastie Boys, Rage against the machine, Eminem to Florence and The Machine!! Every Artist Inspiring me in one way or another throughout my life!!
G4R: Your background is captivating and judging by your music you have a story to tell, what was it?
Carrie: Typical person? I grew up Poor. In and out of Foster care to my moms to my aunts raised by a pack of wolves my brother and three cousins...I followed them everywhere always wanting to be just like them!! I grew up fighting!! My brother also would arrange boxing matches between me 12-13 years old 90 lbs and a girl five years older 160 lbs!! I loved fighting!! Spent a lot of time in jail and money to the state...i wanted to be a boxer!! I came into this life fighting...for everything and I fought anyone!! Over the last 8 years I've realized it's time to walk away.. my lessons came and karma never forgot about me...i faced my Demons put the beast to rest however asleep not dead and don't let this pretty face fool you..and never mistaken my kindness for weakness. I've grown to be hard and soft very few have ever mastered that. I was never the popular girl...i didn't have nice things clothes and I didn't fit in but with the misfits. I've grown up from one room shack no running water a outhouse and sometimes without electricity you could say I was the ugly duckling...who over time through darkness and struggle found light and strength.. The older I got the more beautiful I became...I'm not much for judgment based on someone's appearance...everybody has a story a past!! A life of demons and darkness..war from the inside out...a struggle you may never know...The name of my first album is "Rebirth" This is who I have become I've battled addiction to crack cocaine I've shed blood and hurt ppl... I lived in a dark place for so very long...only to be reborn out of the fire to become the person I was always meant to be...this person is ME ....Carrie Mercy
G4R: When not behind a mic or in a recording studio what are your favorite hobbies?
Carrie: I've been writing ever since I can remember poetry... one day two years ago I couldn't stop writing!! I wrote two children's books full manuscript and my poetry turned into def poetry and my def poetry had a beat all in its own in my head...so I stated to turn on instrumentals and I found myself writing my life story!! Also in spare time my bf and I shoot guns:) that's kinda our new thing and also we like to spend time together watching vice history American pickers ancient aliens and he's a farmer!! Cranberries we live on a Marsh full of all kinds of creatures in northern Wisconsin
G4R: Most successful people are considered geniuses and had to battle personal demons whether social issues, addictions or otherwise before emerging on top. Did you go through any of this?
Carrie: My drug addiction started young... I quit when I heard I was pregnant with my first son Baine.. disappear to Racine grow up with aderall cough medicine duster went hard young.... drugs and alcohol...i don't drink now very rarely one and I don't even take ibuprofen for a headache I hate pills!! I hate drugs and watched it consume many lives!!
GR4: Any final words?
Carrie: This is why I do this!! This is why I am who I am!! Never take it back!! My story's quite poetic and I know I can influence lives!! That's what I want... I want someone to say bc of you i didn't quit I didn't give up!!
That's it for now people, short and sweet. Questions were not what we originally planned but her responses were so powerful on initial questionnaire we made changes to include them. We will have a follow up interview down the road but in the meantime you can follow Carrie Mercy on Facebook and Youtube. -James
Lets be honest.... a major reason most of us replay games is because of the background soundtrack. Think about it... GTA III with the 80's music, Madden with yearly new artists and any role playing game when ya stuck on a hard puzzle!? Any of these dilemmas will have us hesitating to move forward b/c of beats that are being drummed into our heads.
Back in the day it use to be simple looping tracks like Mario Bros or Contra. Now it's mega stars lending their product to the industry in hopes of boosting sales. Not to be outdone G4R is on the ground floor and promoting up and coming artists on our vids as well. Starting this Fall we will be highlighting future stars on our vids as we grow together.
Ryan Mackin is a Florida native we've shown before but here's a first featuring one of his tracks to our vid! Video consists of 2 clips from guys in our Madden leagues who pulled off unbelievable moves to score Touchdowns. We did an overlay of Ryan's track 'Hello - remix', enjoy! -James
G4R is branching out and doing a 1st here. We will be overlaying one of our featured artist tracks to one of our gaming vids. Why? Well the gaming industry is a billion dollar industry and G4R has roots in gaming. Ozzie Osborne, The Weekend and various artists has lent their music talents to soundtracks for games and it has paid off in spades. Not to mention a great way of getting their name out there. In fact I've found myself humming songs from artists I never heard of before simply by playing a game of Madden and listening to the soundtrack.
No way to determine if this will have same effect but artists I have listened to over past few wks still have me tapping my feet and humming their chorus. Ryan Mackin is on his way to the other side and has sent us a new vid, though not scheduled to be a soundtrack soon I have to give it props, enjoy!
Ryan Mackin is on deck and his latest 'The City' is one of the best we've heard in a long time. Sooo much about this artist we want to feature but for now will settle with his latest soundtrack and road that got him to where he's at. G4R is on the lookout for new talent and occasionally come across a diamond in the rough.
No we're not a production company nor talent agency but rather a media Co that features people many organizations dropped the ball on. More times than not it comes back to bite them and we are proud to showcase these members that have went on to greatness. G4R has ties in the music industry but will save that for another day..
Our company follows a handful of artists and as of today Ryan is our latest. We do our part in spreading the word in hopes of nothing more than getting them recognition. G4R has done numerous interviews but has yet to come across one that opened up in this fashion. He delves into the process of creating music (reminds me of a Prince interview a read years ago... the creative process for a song is never truly done), childhood obstacles, being somewhat of a loner growing up and so on. A lot of issues he brought up related to the masses more than we realized. We caught up to Ryan for a quick interview and here's the scoop!
G4R: Really like song 'The City' what was the inspiration behind it?
Ryan Mackin: Well honestly nothing really hit me until I listened to the beat a few times. I was sitting in my room looking for new instrumentals, when I came across “The City”. It just had such a different sound to me and I loved it. It was defiantly more of a serious beat so I started thinking deeper. Thats when I found myself thinking about it all way too hard. So I literally stopped myself closed my computer and tried to forget the ideas I originally had. I pulled the instrumental back up the next day and tried writing to it again. I couldn't figure out where I wanted to go with this track. I was completely stuck. So the following day comes around and Im at work when I think of the first line. I pull out my phone and write it down in my notes. Of course I was at work so I didnt know for sure If it was gonna flow how I wanted it to. So I get home that evening and pull up the beat again and lay down that first line I thought of. It flowed perfectly. So from there I continued writing and I was just trying to think of the bigger picture of all that I was going through and everything that was going on in the world around me. I wanted it to be relatable but to have my side of the story in it. So thats where I took it.
G4R: When compared to Eminem (Inevitably it happens) what is your response?
Ryan: The first thing that comes to my mind is how similar I think we are. Of course we've all had our ups and downs but I feel that, like Eminem most of our childhood was negative. His mother had addiction problems and never really knew his dad while my mom had a problem with drinking and my dad wasn't there when I was born. He's a humble dude when it comes to his music and I defiantly feel the same way about myself. He's creative with his words and isn't afraid to express his real feelings. And I know thats what real music is supposed to be about but a lot of rappers today put on a front when it comes to where they came from and what they've gone through. In my opinion Eminem has always been the best in the rap game hands down so really when people compare me to him I take as a compliment and keep doing me.
G4R: You obviously have talent what led you in the direction of music at such an early age?
Ryan: Theres a lot of things that really pushed me toward the whole music thing. I mean I started writing when I was 17 after moving to Florida from Rhode Island. That was really what sparked it all though. I was a junior in high school and didn't know a single soul. I started completely fresh which really turned out to be a good thing at the end of the day. So not knowing anyone left me with a lot on my mind cause I literally had no friends to talk to. During my computer class is when I wrote the most, mainly because my teacher didn't care if I did my work or not. It was my grade she would always say. From there I continued writing and eventually found myself digging into my childhood and writing about that. It was really a way for me to vent. It was just something I could always turn to so I just have never really stopped writing.
G4R: Not everyone will make it but what advice can you give guys following in your footsteps looking to make it the music bizz?
Ryan: I was actually just talking to another artist the other day about this stuff. To be 100% honest its something you have to live for. You cant just do it on the weekends or at night when you feel like it, you have to work at it everyday. Weather its writing, recording, looking for a beat, or even looking for another show to do. You have to be consistent. Think about it, everyone and their mom is trying the same thing your doing. You have to be different, have a different sound and stand out to really even get noticed at all. Another thing is grow your fan base. Most artist don't understand your nothing without fans. They're the ones buying your music, requesting you on the radio, buying your T-shirts, tickets to your shows. I mean seriously without a good fan base you wont do anything in this business. Take chances, get out of your comfort zone as much as you can and you will grow more and more as an artist. Its all about learning and exploring as much as you can and then turning around and making relatable music that other people feel and can sympathize with. Lastly be you. Im telling you there is nothing more important then being yourself and being true to who you are. This business destroys people and there personal lives, you have to be ready for the commitment and stay strong through the whole journey because like I said it can make or brake you.
G4R: Final question... even the great ones have hobbies to get away from it all, what's yours? Madden, C.O.D., outdoors, weekend getaways, online gaming, etc.
Ryan: Really any sport. But mostly basketball. I can shoot around for hours just to shoot. I mean I'm good at it, Its fun and its a good exercise. So if I'm not making music or gfx or watching tv and eating. Im probably outside playing basketball by myself.
There ya have it people, head on over and check out Ryan's Facebook page for links to more of his work. We will have a follow up interview down the road. He has a really nice track from a while back we really like that will be posted on our media outlets soon. Keep up the good work Ryan!
Former Bass player but lifetime musician my heart will forever always be in music. -James