How did you get started? Tell us your story!
My name is Pally Ray and I'm from Atlanta, Georgia. My mom was actually a professional Indian actress and Bollywood singer so that's where my love for music came from. I was just messing around and listening to pop punk, alternative type music and some mainstream hip-hop. When I was 18 in 2015, I started freestyling a lot for fun and my teammates told me that I was good and I said, "I'm not a rapper." Next thing I knew, my freshman year at college, they pushed me on stage at a talent show in front of four thousand people and asked some girl to come up. They asked her what's the biggest problem in her life and she said, "I have huge breasts." I was like, "What the hell?" And they asked her what her favorite song was and it was Hot N**** by Bobby Shmurda, so they dropped that beat and I started rapping about her breasts and everyone lost their minds. Next thing I know, my team sent me to the studio and that's where I met and worked with Bryson Tiller's engineer but I didn't know it at the time. I didn't know how to write at the time so I just freestyled and that's where I made my first two songs on SoundCloud and that was 5 years ago. The response was ecstatic and I started making music. About a year and a half ago, I invested and built my own studio. Things really took off after I dropped "Lonely," the first song I mixed. Since then, I've been grinding steadily.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I took some college courses for a music tech minor but other than that I am completely self-taught and rounded out my rough edges by trial and error and constantly adjusting and learning. I do so by execution. Being a collegiate athlete, I understood this so I put in the reps. Hard work plus passion yields growth regardless. I taught myself to mix by watching Youtube tutorials and then tweaking things around with each song.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I got sum numbers. The biggest name I've worked with so far is Egovert and then countless of my friends and other musically-involved homies. I'm just rounding myself out completely so when I get bigger chances I can make the most of them.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
I listened to a wide range of music, which influenced mine so it depends on the vibe but G-eazy really peaked my interest into hip-hop during that era. It transgressed to Logic in his early years and then I was listening to everyone until Juice Wrld really caught my attention. Growing up, I liked more bands like Linkin Park and Jay-Z type rappers and would stay in those two lanes. Mainstream or pop-punk alternative. But now I have everybody on there from EDM to trap to pop to acoustics.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
Promotion and marketing now. I took means of operation into my own hands and that increased consistency and creative freedom. Some like to focus on the skin, I recommend focusing on the fact that I'm fire.
How would you describe your sound and style?
Unique, malleable, and slick. Always harmonic, but varying contexts and presences from song to song. All of my music may not be for you but I have a song for everyone.
What are some of your goals this year?
To have multiple dope music videos and get my promotion and marketing game up.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to
work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
What is your creative process like?
I feel a beat. Put the headphones on and record piece by piece and then open my eyes to a song.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Just like my music I switch it up. I ordered five guys a few days ago.