It didn’t surprise many when we announced that one of last year’s Tracklanta winners was the ubiquitous and tenacious rapper Ryan Walton.
Prolific, hardworking, witty and suave with his rhymes, Ryan Walton punched his way to Atlanta, recording with Needlz at Bravo Ocean Studios. We catch up with Ryan to find out what’s been going down one year after that career-changing experience in Atlanta.
What’s the biggest thing that has changed for you since Tracklanta?
Being in Atlanta last year was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I got tons of knowledge I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else thanks to working with Needlz at Bravo Ocean Studios. I also made lots of new contacts and networks there.
Out of all the things you learned, what was the most valuable piece of advice you got from your mentor?
The best piece of advice he gave me – when possible try and make things as big as possible.
What was your songwriting process?
My songwriting process has changed since I started that’s for sure. The current process has been all about sound proofing the space around the mic as much as possible. I’ve found it helps to help create that dead space to record the most crisp sound possible. The latest recordings have been my best so far.
The inspiration has been found in the truth of my story and I’m still on that journey.
Tell us more about your inspirations.
Both my parents passed away before I graduated Highschool. I’ve always believed I could achieve great things because I’ve never had much and still don’t. The inspiration has been found in the truth of my story and I’m still on that journey. Everyday I thank God he allowed me to see another day.
What do you want people to know about you as an artist?
I want people to know about me as an artist is that God is a driving force for what I do with and in my music. My faith has and is a big part of my music and it’s success. I want people to know that I never tried to pretend to be perfect but that I was completely committed to my craft and I got to help out so many people because of it.
What’s next for you?
Currently I need a manager or agency backing. I’m also currently running social marketing for multiple celebrities and talking to a few record labels.
2020 brings us a follow up to Tracklanta! Earlier this we dropped one of our biggest contests – Tracklanta 2020: Virtual Remix. There are multiple rounds of contests for you to win big – prizes include mentor sessions with top producers and artists and $500 in cash! Make sure you don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance.