Our team had a chance to chat with upcoming rapper Arrae to get to know him on a more personal level.
Who is Arrae?
Rael Simon aka Arrae. Is a 20 year old jit from Atlanta Georgia and currently reside in Missouri for military reasons. Arrae has been producing for 8+ years and has been a recording artist for over half a decade. Developing his distinct sound and covering all musical areas he is becoming someone to keep an eye out for.
“I want to change the world and tell my life story through my music” stated Arrae.
“I started out with only an android and earphones, then shifted to Audacity with no mic, and here we are to today with what I have now. I consider myself a very versatile artist and I produce any and everything that I put my mind to. I am a self taught individual and I continue to learn and teach myself each and every day. My partner in crime Darnell Crawford has been helping me along those lines and is also an incredible singer and artist. So shout out to him.”
Growing up Arrae says he used to watch Michael Jackson, James Brown and Chris Brown dance and sing and fell in love with music even more. He says he works everyday to be one of those greats and inspire the future generations.
Through music Arrae learned to adapt to struggle and also use what he could to continue producing tracks to the best of his ability.
He said “NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT SUCKED, I still put smiles on peoples faces.”
So get ready to smile, as we learn more about Arrae and his craft.
The 10 Question Interview:
Interviewer: What first got you into music?
Arrae: I've been into the art of music since I was in preschool, but in middle school, I used to love using pencils/pens to make beats and freestyle during lunch period until high school. Ever since then I knew music was something I wanted to do. I just didn’t know I would want to make it a career for sure.
Interviewer: Who or what inspired you to make music?
Arrae: My mom has always been my inspiration. She took care of me and pushed me to be great. We struggled growing up but our faith and beliefs in God brought us along the way. I was also inspired by Ugly God to never work a 9-5 job but eventually did but I only worked at McDonalds for 3 days and quit. I soon joined the military and took music seriously.
Interviewer: What is your creative process like?
Arrae: I usually come up with the concept of a track before I produce. I would hum or sing a tune and record it using voice memos and whenever I get the time, I would make a full track out of just a 5-10 second sample or recording. I never write my music unless I felt I had to. All songs come from my past or current feelings and every song has a life experience or inspirational boost. Nothing negative!!!
Interviewer: Has your musical journey had a deliberate direction?
Arrae: Everything I do is intentional. My goal is to take care of my ma dukes. She tells me she is proud of me every day, so I know I’m doing something right.
Interviewer: What is your biggest musical challenge?
Arrae: Having to be away from my family has got to be the hardest challenge in my life so far. But I often deal with depression and it sometimes makes it hard to create music. If we didn’t have challenges we wouldn’t be the musicians/artists we are today.
Interviewer: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Arrae: If it wasn’t for music I wouldn’t be alive to be real. But I honestly would just continue doing what I do now, and that’s serving my country in the Air-force and go to school.
Interviewer: How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Arrae: The internet honestly makes networking and distribution the easiest thing to do in the world nowadays. This is a little joke but having to write a message, put it in a bottle and wait for the recipient to send one back within a few business days has got to be the most frustrating thing I’ve ever heard of. The internet allows me to have this interview and meet the public.
Interviewer: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Arrae: “Be you for you and others will fall in line to be true to and for themselves” is the best advice I’ve ever gotten from an individual and I use it everyday of my life.
Interviewer: If you were talking to a younger version of you, what advice would you give yourself?
Arrae: Make wiser decisions with the people you associate yourself with. People will always fail you.
Interviewer: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Arrae: I would change how the industry handles their clients. But at the same time, ALL of us are grown when we make the decision to sign a dotted line without reading. And that also means that we can make our own decisions. It’s just the business of the industry.
Interviewer: What’s next for you?
Arrae: I am hoping to release an album late next year titled 'Welcome to the Darkside' featuring cover art done by @whyyougotsomany on Instagram.
You can stream Arrae's new hit single ‘Ready’, featuring his twin brother Mickey, on all major platforms including Google Play, iTunes, Spotify and Youtube Music and stay tuned in the future for ‘Welcome to the Darkside’.
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