7 Questions With Ricky Vaughn
How long have you been perfecting your craft?
I started making music back in 1997 (im 31 now). I used to produce hip hop beats and rap. I found electronic music in 2009 and have been producing it ever since.
How would you describe Moombah for those not familiar?
To me Moombahton is a genre of music that combines electronic sounds with reggae, hip hop & reggaeton rhythms.
Growing up, which artists inspired you to do what you do?
I grew in pre-hipster Brooklyn, NY in the 80s & 90s so I was around for the era of Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markies, Special ED, Biggie, Jay-Z, all the way to Mobb Deep, Big Pun, CNN, Pac, Nas, etc etc. So they heavily inspired me to be apart of the hip hop community. But it was definitely Timbaland who inspired me to become a producer and still to this day I continue to work harder and learn more when I hear his music.
How would you say social media has impacted your career for the better?
Social Media has been extremely helpful for my career in so many ways. Since at the moment i dont have “major label” resources, i utilize Twitter, Facebook & Soundcloud to get my music to as many people as possible and reach fans in so many different countries. My social media accounts have helped me travel throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Paris.
Which 3 music videos have had the most impact on your life? Why?
I would say “Nas & Mobb Deep: Life Is Mine”, “Jay-Z: Big Pimpin” & ” “Busta Rhymes: Put Ya Hands Where My Eyes Can See”. I love these videos all for the same reason. They are all directed by Hype Williams and all showcased artists that came from the same places I lived, they showed how you can from nothing to something in a major way and I think they just set the bar for videos in general to really be over the top almost movie-like instead of chillin on the corner. And 1 more that always stuck with me would be “Xzibit: What You See Is What You Get” for the same reason, I feel that video was sooooooo innovative for its time and it went over so many peoples heads.
What’s your definition of success?
I think success is what you make. My success is going to be different from yours or anyone else. But to me I would say success is being able to set goals/dreams and going out there and achieving it whether its getting your song on your favorite blog or playing music at a festival or making a great song with your favorite artist. It’s all about being happy in the end.
Any advice for upcoming artists that want to get on your level?
The best advice I can give is do everything yourself, study/practice/fail/repeat until you master your craft, and never stop no matter who tells you you’re not good enough.