Check out the new song from Ronald Mac – Ready To Fly ft. Becca Bretz
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
Except for the few years in middle school and freshman year of high school that I lived in Southern California, I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life. I truly believe the reason I’m where I’m at today is because of all my friends and their help in spreading my music. They’re the ones that are making sure people hear my music where ever they go. Having connections in both Colorado and Cali has really helped in getting my music out there too. Music wasn’t always my dream, but I’ve always loved entertaining people. I started making raps as a joke with some friends sophomore year, but after the first couple songs I was addicted. I never thought about it seriously until my senior year though. I kept catching myself writing lyrics in class and rapping to myself in the hallways.
When I graduated I decided to come out with my first mixtape “N.A.R.P Life.” It wasn’t supposed to be that serious and I didn’t think it would get as much hype as it did, but with the help of friends and lots of promotion on Twitter and Facebook, it turned out to be a huge success. After that, I was introduced to Kris Parker, a DJ/producer from California, with a very unique sound whom I teamed up with to create my second mixtape “Final Sunrise.” The tape was really concentrated on everything I was going through at the time and trying to relate to situations kids my age were going through. I wanted to earn my peers respect by showing them I could work hard and produce sounds they wanted to hear and everything else started to take off from there.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
“Ready to Fly” is definitely my favorite track from “Final Sunrise.” The title really sums up what the song is about. Even with all the struggles I’ve been through, I’m “ready to fly” and ready to embrace where ever life has to take me. Not only does it contain very passionate lyrics about my life and where I’m from, but it also includes an amazing chorus and vocals from a close friend Becca Bretz. Not to mention the incredible track produced by Predator Pr!me (Kris Parker), which really sets the song on a different level. It really describes my life and my music, and I hope everyone who hears it can understand my passion and why I do it.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest challenge I’ve faced in the industry so far is just being able to “get in” the industry at all. I’ve sent my music to many people and have mostly gotten no response back. You definitely have to be able to move on after getting a rejection and turn the negatives into positives. Music execs in the industry constantly get messages saying, “listen to me, I promise I’m good!” on a daily basis and I know that. I just have to show them I’m not like the others. It’s all about who you know and how they can help you.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
My biggest set back in my music career so far has been me and my own opinions. I am definitely my toughest critic and it’s hard for me to be satisfied with anything I release. I realized that’s what music is about though: getting past the lowest and hardest parts in life and sharing it with others to connect with. It’s those times that I write some of my best and most meaningful lyrics. There was one time in particular though that I was really feeling confused about life. It inspired me to write the song “Till the Day, I’ll Be Gone” which I released right after graduation. When friends and fans responded extremely well to this new style I decided I would go for it.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
In my opinion, artists need to be careful of who they surround themselves with and who they choose to trust. Be sure to know who you’re getting involved with before you make them a part of your career. You need to make sure people are actually trying to help you succeed. Don’t ever lose yourself either, no matter how big you get. When it comes down to it, the people around you will be your biggest support system and help you along way, so don’t lose them.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Never stop doing what you love, no matter what. Not everyone will like your music and you have to accept that. My advice is to chase your dreams while you’re young and able to bounce back from your mistakes. If music is what makes you happy, then pursue it! Don’t let others’ opinions affect you. After all, they’re the ones that will make you and your music stronger. Who are they to say what to do with your life? I’d rather try my best and give it my all and fail, then to live my whole life wondering “what if?” The only question you should be asking yourself is “why not?”
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Twitter and Facebook are by far the best ways to promote my music and events, but nothing is better then proving myself in person. People can actually get a feel of what I’m like and see how passionate I really am about music. You have to be able to sell yourself, not just your music. People must be convinced that I am worth listening to and that I’m not just another average rapper. Friends are also huge factors in spreading my music, like I’ve said before. If my friends don’t support my music, then who will? It’s all about expanding your fan base and the amount of people who know who you are. If people see how much enthusiasm you have, they will want to listen and share with their friends.
Where can people visit you?
I mostly use Soundcloud, but you can hear and follow my music on all the following sites:
Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/RonalddMac