Ricky Lance is a 19 year old artist based out of Chicago, Arizona. Ricky fell in love with story telling at a young age, first with poetry, then song writing. This love for music led him to the stage where he excelled in theatre telling other people’s stories in front of sold out crowds – But now it’s time for Ricky to return, this time telling stories of his own. We got to talk to Ricky about his emerging music career, and what he has in store for the rest of 2015!
Entertwine: Could you tell us about your musical background? What led you to pursue a career in music in the first place?
I am an artist not defined by any genre. I love hip-hop, R&B, Rap and good music overall. I’m very new to the music industry but am going to be around for a long time, so get to know me.
Music has always been a major part of my life. Music became the way I expressed myself, the way I coped with pain, the way I showed my happiness and at some point I fell in love with it. When you fall in love with something you want to be around it as much as possible. Music is who I am and is what I want to do with my life.
What was it like growing up in Chicago, Illinois? You live in Arizona now, correct?
Growing up in Chicago was very cold. Living in Arizona is very hot. Chicago is a beautiful city, one of a kind and I love the fact that I can say that I represent her. Arizona on the other hand is very young in my eyes and I look forward to growing here and being a part of the next wave of art that makes Arizona into a must stop music location in America.
How do the two geographical locations differ from one another?
The Downtowns are completely different. Chicago is so much more lively, busy, livable. I look forward to the day that you can go to downtown Phoenix and spend a day exploring like you can do in Chicago.
What life experiences and events influenced the writing and recording of the eleven tracks that are featured on your debut mixtape “Freshman Year: Escapist”?
Freshman Year was all over the place, it was a collection of stories from my own life as well as many of my friends. We had all graduated, separated, gone to college, started to fall in love, started to live on our own, started to experiment with different substances, there was so much going on in our lives. Each song is a different persons’ story. My future work will be much more personal.
Could you tell us about each of the tracks, especially the two singles ‘Come With Me’ and ‘Night Out’?
I will talk about Come With Me, Night Out, Faded & Leann’s Song. “Come With Me” is my story. When I wrote that I felt very disconnected from my friends and my generation as whole. I have so many dreams and my peers at that moment didn’t share that ambition. It got to the point where I was tired of being laughed at and pretty much decided to start keeping my dreams on the low and start showing them instead of telling them.
“Night Out” is simple, it’s the way I want to be able to treat the women I choose to be with and the way my woman deserves to be treated. “Faded” is the story of one of my close female friends who went to ASU for college and started making some decisions that made it hard for us to get along. After her and her long term boyfriend broke up, she started wilding out and “Faded” was my song to her. We’re all gravy now though, I love her to death! “Leann’s Song” is actually a real conversation that took place with a close friend of mine named Leann. However, in real life the roles were reversed and Leann was actually the one in New York calling me for support. She is an amazing actress whose talents took her to the big apple and she was feeling home sick. That night was a very important in my life, because everything she was feeling I was feeling, by helping her, I helped myself. She helped me.
What can you tell us about the new singles and collaborations you’ve been involved in (‘Paradise’ with Taylor Bennett and ‘Is This Love’ with Parker Lewis, while also appearing on Jeuice’s single ‘Infatuated’)?
The main thing I can tell you about those three features, is that they were all a learning experience. Each feature was very different in nature, creation as well as the process in which it was recorded. I’m beyond fortunate to be able to have had the opportunity to collaborate with three different Artists who are so in love with their craft.
What was it like collaborating with each artist, as well as with Terick Lamont?
Each person was completely different. Parker’s a visionary, he’s so much more then music. “Is This Love” is a product of two friends hanging out and making music. “Infatuated” with Jeuice is my first true collaboration. It’s not a feature, but something that Jeuice and I sat down with and created from top to bottom in the studio. We went through about 20 different beats that we had, and when that one came on, everything else just came together naturally.
“Paradise” with Taylor Bennett was very special to me because Taylor is someone I look up to. I wrote that song knowing that I wanted Taylor on it and for a while I had the feature written up on my dream board. Paradise is more than a song, it’s a milestone.
Now collaborating with Terick Lamont was amazing. He’s a young talent with a bright future, a trait that him and I both share. When we started out on the “Is This Love” video I had a very specific image in mind, and the final product looks exactly what I saw in my head. Terick has a talent for finding out what the artist he’s working with wants to do, and then he finds a way to take it to the next level.
How do these aforementioned new singles expand on or differ from both your mixtape “Freshman Year: Escapist” and your debut single ‘Complicated’?
Wow. “Complicated” is a song that I recorded back in High School, and at the time I wasn’t even going by Ricky Lance, I called myself “Question.” But I’ve grown so much since then and I’ve even grown since the release of Freshman Year. When you listen to my new singles, you hear the progression. We’re working towards something very special, we’re leaving the dorm room in order to bring the world and the fans something they can connect with on a new level.
What does your writing and recording process look and sound like?
My music is very personal and there is a true story behind every word that I write. My writing process consist of me getting to a place mentally, where I’m being honest with myself and therefore being honest in the music. This isn’t something I‘ve perfected but as I grow my lyrics become more true, and you’ll really be able to see this in my future work. My goal is to be that person people turn to when they can’t put into words how they feel, If I don’t learn to be completely honest with them, they won’t turn to me and my music in those moments.
What went into the making of the music video -How do these aforementioned new singles expand on or differ from both your mixtape “Freshman Year: Escapist” and your debut single ‘Complicated’?
Wow. “Complicated” is a song that I recorded back in High School, and at the time I wasn’t even going by Ricky Lance, I called myself “Question.” But I’ve grown so much since then and I’ve even grown since the release of Freshman Year. When you listen to my new singles, you hear the progression. We’re working towards something very special, we’re leaving the dorm room in order to bring the world and the fans something they can connect with on a new level. o for ‘Come With Me’?
“Come With Me” was my first music video ever, so everything was new and exciting to me. I flew back out to Chicago from Arizona for the shoot. Showcase, my brother and mentor, really handled the ropes, scouted locations and handled the business side of things. Watching him do all that really helped me the next time around when I was in the process of the video for “Is This Love”.
What was it like working with Basement Productions? Was the process similar or different for the ‘Is This Love’ music video?
Working with Basment Productions was great for my first music video, and I would go back and shoot that video the same way if I had the chance. However, it was very different than “Is This Love.” With “Is This Love” it was me collaborating with a group of friends I went to school with. You can’t beat creating with friends.
Could you tell us about your involvement with H3 Entertainment?
Yeah, H3 is an organization I have been around long before I started my career. Since I started taking music more serious they’ve been there ever step of the way. The organization is ran by people I love and care about, and I’m blessed to have them in my life for guidance.
What activities and hobbies do you enjoy outside of music?
I’m a hooper, ball is life. No but actually I do love playing basketball with my friends and just spending time with my friends and family. One of my dreams is to actually play in the celebrity all-star game, so while I’m perfecting my craft with music, I’m also keeping my hoop dreams alive.
What does 2015 hold in store for Ricky Lance?
2015 consist of a lot of growing for Ricky Lance. Please ignore the fact that I answered that in 3rd person, but I’ve gone through a lot as person since “Freshman Year: Escapist” and I’m excited to share my journey with the world at a professional level. 2015 will consist of a lot of hard work.
Do you have any plans to record and release another full-length project in the near future? Do you have any upcoming performances?
I can say that I have over 30 songs completely written and a lot more almost at the point of completion. I have a vision of a beautiful project, and am putting together a game plan to bring that vision to light. Know that a full-length project is in the works, and in the mean time I will be putting out more music for the fans to listen to.
At the moment I’m finishing up my sophomore year of college so that really limits what I’m able to do performance wise, because it’s crunch time with grades right now. Consistent performances in the Phoenix area is on the game plan in the future and tour is on my dream board. Just stay tuned.
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