Rusty Grey + Matt Relevo – Away
Tell us your view on old school and new school music in terms of preference.
I prefer old school for sure, but music has to evolve and there is some great music that has come out recently, I believe we should always honor and continue to listen to old school music, while still having an open mind for what’s coming out nowadays.
Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
My most memorable day as an artist was a show I did last summer for sure. I headlined the show and the place was packed, there was great energy between the crowd and myself and that energy just kept on feeding off of each other, so I had to jump in the crowd myself. That was an amazing experience.
Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.
If I found myself in a position of power, I would make sure that all demographics are accounted for, and everybody had a voice. We are equal and we all deserve equal opportunities.
Tell us how you protect your singing voice.
In terms of protecting my voice, I don’t sing, I rap, but it is still extremely important to keep my vocals clean. I drink a lot of water and tea.
Tell us the major reason you are into music.
I started off writing music as therapy when I was around 14. I had a lot of anxiety and was a little depressed, so I started writing as a release, and then I just became obsessed with it and fell in love.
Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.
Creativity and originality are the most important aspects of music. It is so easy to tell when somebody’s music is ingenious and unoriginal, but even if somebody’s music isn’t for me, I will always respect somebody’s craft if it is creative and original.
Tell us your future plans pertaining to music.
My future plans are just to keep making the music that I love and keep building my fan base non-stop until I am heard all over the world. I will not stop until I am satisfied, and I am never satisfied.
Tell us the secret of success.
I don’t really know the secret to success, but I do believe that everybody has a different secret to success, you just have to find it yourself and it will work for you.
Tell us how you become a musician.
As I said earlier, I started writing music as a therapeutic release. I had a lot of things going on around me and in my head, that I had to get something off of my chest, and music was the only way I knew how to. Since then I have become obsessed with the process and developed an oozing passion for music.
Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.
What makes me happy about this project is the feel-good vibe, and the video, the video was like a short film. Nothing really makes me sad about the project; the song is way too soulful to be sad.
Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how it can be eradicated.
Rape and sexual harassment are absolutely disgusting, and there is a special place in hell for all men who commit such inhumane crimes. I respect the Me Too movement so much, everybody who spoke up about their unfortunate experiences is so brave and strong. A part of eradicating it is to stop treating women like objects, society treats women unequally to men, so it has become a norm to objectify women, and it is disgusting. Also, we have to do a better job of raising the next generation of men and teach them the importance of professionalism and consent.
List the people that deserved to be given credit for the making of the song.
I wouldn’t have been able to make this song without the producer Juno Adonis and the singer on the hook Matt Relevo. And the video was shot and edited and put together by director Ruth.
Tell us how you get funds to run your music career.
I have been funding my music career completely by myself, from working at a retail store, and balancing a dual life haha. I could use more funds, so any investors can hit me up.
Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you decided to go for this genre.
I make hip-hop music, because that’s all I really know, I grew up in Queens, so I grew up on hip-hop. All of my idols are rappers, hip-hop raised me.
Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
I absolutely write all of my songs by myself and prefer it that way, I am not against collaboration, but if it is only going to be my vocals on the song, then it will only be my writing.
Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.
I do work with producers; because I like to focus solely on the writing, and that form of collaboration is always fun.
Tell us the story behind this song.
I got this beat from the producer, and I was in shock by the soulfulness, so I sat with it for like an hour, and the lyrics just spilled out. It became one of those songs that just writes itself. It probably took a total of 30 minutes to write after that hour of just listening to the beat.
Tell us your favorite brand of microphone.
My favorite microphone brand right now is probably MXL.
List the links to your stores, websites, and social media.