Ryan D. Neely is a beat making music producer from Louisville, Kentucky. Like many of today’s beatmakers, his skillset goes beyond just one genre. However, he mostly enjoys creating pop and hip hop compositions. Neely is excited about what the future can be like for him as a music producer. We had the opportunity to ask Ryan D. Neely 10 questions about his latest album, a self-titled composition, “Ryan D Neely”. Here is what he had to say!
What was the inspiration behind Ryan D. Neely?
Honestly, it was everything that was going on around me at the time. I was seeing my friends release projects on music streaming platforms and felt that I should take my shot as well with an album. I had a couple of singles in rotation that made some buzz. Therefore, I figured I might as well give potential listeners an album filled with 20 songs.
How did or why did you decide to self-title it?
I remembered how artist used to self-title there albums back in the day as like an introduction, especially on their freshmen albums. This was my first album as a music producer rather than a rapper. So, it was the best opportunity for me to drop a self-titled composition.
Are there any other artists on the album?
There are not, but there was a plan to. I was going to add a remix song I did for a band called Sense of May. However, there was a mix up with the title having me as the remixer regarding how the song would be listed in stores. I did not want to delay the album’s release, so I removed the track.
How did you come up with the music for the album?
I was literally playing around in the BandLab app and testing out sounds. Then I started putting the sounds on top of drum loops, vocal chops, a few melodies I created, and it was game over. I was literally cranking out song after song. On that note, I want to send a special shoutout to all of the producers that gave out free sample sound packs as they really came in handy.
How long had you been working on the album before deciding to release it?
I started making beats in March of 2020 for fun. Then my son and I got serious and started seeing who could come up with the freshest mix. He (Jordan Neely) makes beat too on BandLab. By December of 2020, I had 20 songs ready to go and went for it.
What is your favorite song on the album?
My favorite song on the album is “Pause and Look.” There is just something about the vocal chop sample in the song’s bridge. It literally captivates me to hear it and continues to have that brand-new feel to it when I replay it.
Are there any music videos for any of the songs on the album?
Yes, there is. The song “Just Lay Down” has a music video to it. It is the first music video I ever had created with real actors other than myself.
Do you plan to release another album, and if so, when, what, and why?
I sure do. I am thinking about releasing something three to four years from now. I like to wait and grow personally, in relationships, and musically between albums when possible. This way I can come with something fresh and have multiple song to choose from. As for what, I want to compose a full dance album.
What would you want people to know most about you?
I hope people can experience me as being genuine. It has been a humbling experience but a very good growing experience. Humbling because I refuse to pay for high priced marketing services to gain notoriety. I truly believe that everyone can have their day and find their niche that will work for them. But, by spending money on marketing services, it can get easy for us to start depending on others and never discover what we can make happen within our reach or realm of operation. I am not against marketing services; just overpriced ones.
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