Hailing from Los Angeles, Ray Moon’s music can best be described as a clever mash up of R&B with an indie hip-hop vibe, that is vibey, relevant, raw, rebellious. Co-signed by Drake’s dad, Dennis Graham and producer, Jahlil Beats, and with several labels already courting the young wordsmith, Ray Moon gives the world a glimpse into her heartbreak with her introspective visual playlist entitled, “Creep” and her upcoming EP, ‘Thoughts On Being Sober.’
We sat down with an interview with the young hitmaker and got a better glimpse into what’s on Ray Moon’s mind about her career and come up.
Don Diva: So, you grew up in New York City?
Ray Moon: I was born in Queens, NY. I had moved from Queens to Florida. From Florida, I moved to Atlanta. From Atlanta, I moved to California.
DD: What was it like growing up in all those different places?
RM: Really, it’s kinda like I’ve never really been able to settle down somewhere. You know, if you’re from a place, you have lifelong friends, like friends you grew up with or whatever. I went to eight different high schools. I’ve never been able to settle down anywhere or have the same friends, so it was kinda difficult. But not really at the same time. That’s why my sound in music is so versatile, because I’ve been from east coast the west coast to the South, you know what I’m saying? I’ve enjoyed travelling and seeing different things, but school-wise it was kinda hard because you have to change school districts and friends and everything like that, but I got used to it.
DD: How did you get into making music?
RM: I used to write poetry, like when I was going through a lot of stuff in my middle school years and high school years. I was going through a lot of family issues and stuff like that. I had this diary and I would write poetry. First I would just start by writing about how my day was, then I started rhyming words, then I started rhyming words, then I started wordplaying. Then I realized I could rhyme, I could rap, then I started putting on beats and started rapping. Turning my experiences and expressing them.
DD: What were your musical influences?
RM: My mom, growing up, she listened to a lot of house music. I love Sade. Of course, the Nas’s and Jay-Z’s and the newer additions right now. Of course, like the Futures, Young Thugs, 2 Chainz, Drake, the Uzis. I love the old school. I do love a lot of old school music.
DD: How did the “Creep” visual playlist come about?
RM: We kinda just wanted to go a different route. We wanted something different. We knew the songs were really dope. So, we wanted to think about how we could make a whole short film. The “Creep” visual playlist wasn’t even supposed to be like that. It was supposed to be a whole movie, but we had some technical difficulties while we were shooting, so it didn’t end up right and we had to go with what we had. It’s like three songs in nine minutes. Basically, my whole EP and songs that I wrote are referencing my heartbreak and relationship I was in three years ago. Basically, it’s me telling why I drink or what happened, because it was a big part of my life when I lost somebody again that I loved truly. It just helped express how I feel and this EP will, too. It’s just basically my heartbreak and relationship and things like that.
DD: How did you get Drake’s dad and Jahlil Beats as cosigners?
RM: I live in LA so I run into Drake’s dad a lot. Me and him are actually friends. He’s dope. Like, he calls me, he texts me or whatever and we actually hang out in LA. He’s actually like a friend. So, he listens to my stuff or whatever and when I ask him to do little stuff, it’s nothing because he’s like family. I got introduced to Jahlil probably three or four months ago. He’s actually on my EP. He produced one of the songs, Are You Down. That’s how I got introduced to him.
DD: What can people expect with the ‘Thoughts On Being Sober’ EP?
RM: People can expect a whole different sound. My first mixtape that I ever put out is called My Time. You can tell from listening to that and listening to this that I’ve grown so much and I’ve matured so much in my music. I’m not rapping about the same things. When I was in Atlanta, I was around certain things, so that’s what I was rapping about and seeing those things and being around certain people I had a lot of negative energy around me. Now, I’m in a space in my life where I can vent and I can tell people what’s going on and why I drink so much. I can take time explain more in my songs. I definitely think people will see a more mature Ray Moon and the Ray Moon that gets it.
DD: When will the EP be out?
RM: Soon! We don’t have a date on it, because we‘re still getting everything together. The EP’s done though. All the songs are in order, everything’s done. Right now, we’re just waiting on some cover art. After that, that’s when the date’s gonna come out. I’m not sure exactly, but it will be soon.
DD: If there was one thing people should know about Ray Moon, what would it be?
RM: I would just say I’m ready. This is it for me. I’m super ready. My head is on. I’m motivated. I see clearer now, like this is it. You’re gonna be able to see that and here that in everything I have coming up.
DD: What advice would you have for folks trying to come up in the game?
RM: Stay focused, keep going. When people say no, keep going. Don’t ever let nobody tell you know. The craziest thing is, when you feel like you’re giving up that’s when something’s gonna happen. When you feel like nothing’s going right, that’s when something’s gonna happen. Just keep going. I had to learn that myself. It was plenty times when I felt like, ‘Yo, fuck this. I don’t wanna do this anymore. I’m bout to just get a job, go back to working. This is too stressful, it’s too much going on, it’s too much I have to deal with.’ I couldn’t stop. I realized that this in me. I can’t just take this away from me. Even if I was to stop, it would still be in me and this would be all I would think about. You can’t give up what you love because it gets too hard or gets too rough. It gets better.