IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – RAVELE – SOUTH CAROLINA’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Creator of Ravele Productions and future super producer, Ravele has been manufacturing his unique brand of music since early 2006. Influenced by both gospel and hip hop music, he seeks to find a balance between contemporary and unique with his musical stylings.

 Born Jamonte Ravele Little on November 19, 1990, Ravele began to discover his taste for music in a South Carolina church. At the age of 10, he received his first keyboard and began to teach himself how to play by ear. By 16, he had begun to develop his own unique sound in the studio.

 Never an imitator, Ravele has sought to create beats that feature custom, never before heard loops with handcrafted drum tracks. Every beat reflects his confident, crisp style and displays its own refreshing individuality. Emerging in his own light, he seeks to make his everlasting mark on the music industry.  

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

RAVELE: I was born in Havelock, North Carolina when my father was still in the military. From there, we moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was too young to remember anything about either place. When I was 3, my family moved to Beaufort, South Carolina and we lived on a military base. At age 10, I moved to Seabrook but remained in South Carolina. Seabrook is the place I call home, where my family lives, and where I became Ravele (pronounced ruh-vele).

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

RAVELE: My music background is extremely diverse which I believe is an asset. Being from a military family, I experienced a large variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. As a result, I’ve heard every type of music possible ranging from Jimmy Sturr (a polka artist) to Three 6 Mafia. The music that had the most impact on me growing up, however, is church music. I fell in love with the piano and organ as a kid and, when I was about 10, I got my first keyboard. I taught myself how to play by ear and still play every day. My ability to play the keyboard has contributed to the variety of unique chords you hear in my music. Though my genre of choice is Hip-Hop, I have the capability to create songs of any genre.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

RAVELE: My songs reflect my passion for music. Even though there are no vocals, you can listen to my music all day. Why? I put my soul into every instrumental I create. It takes hours on one specific element at some times to find the exact sound that I am aiming for. The only thing that parallels my devotion to a unique sound every time is my work ethic. My music reflects who I am: confident, energetic, passionate, original. This drives every note that I play, every individual sound that goes into that distinctive Ravele sound.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?

RAVELE: I don’t perform in the traditional sense but I can definitely say that I have favorite instrumentals. The one I like the most is actually a tie between I’m Back and Center Stage. Both of these beats bring to life my creativity; both were very difficult to express in the studio. Not to say that my other beats are not excellent. These two are just shining examples of my personal style. ‘My style’ meaning that there was no strong outside musical influence. I made those without having a specific style in mind. I also take pride in the fact that they came to fruition while I was still a novice producer.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

RAVELE: I think the most surprising thing has been how hard it is to get successful exposure in the music industry. There are a lot of people robbing artists blind claiming to have industry connections. It is hard to tell the real from the fake. Self-promotion is incredibly expensive over time. I have been doing so for nearly 7 years. When you don’t make money for what you do, it gets stressful trying to maintain a promotion campaign. I am a proactive person and the fact that there isn’t a way to get people who matter to my site early on is annoying. When you have talent, it seems almost impossible to get noticed without knowing someone who is already connected to the industry. That hasn’t stopped me from grinding my way up the ladder though.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

RAVELE: As I mentioned earlier, church music had a great influence on getting me to this point. So much so that the first instrumentals I ever made were gospel soundtracks. However, from the hip-hop standpoint I can think of a few. I would say, initially, my biggest influences were Young Jeezy, and T.I. I liked Jeezy’s “My Hood” so much that I remade it. And T.I.’s “What You Know” instrumental changed the game for me. There was also a period of time when I listened to Three 6 Mafia religiously; particularly “The Most Know Unknown”. Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands” influenced a lot of 2010. Yo Gotti’s “We Can Get it On” instrumental defined 2011 for me also inspiring a remake. It’s not so much for me the artist as it is the music. There are hundreds of artists who have great instrumentals and I listen to them all. As I grew up, I listened to all types of music and I have made instrumentals for many genres. The genres I enjoy exploring the most still remain Hip-Hop and R&B.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

RAVELE: The first word that I would use to describe my music is ‘distinct’. My sound is not one that you hear on the radio. It is not something that you’ve heard before. You cannot find this sound anywhere else. When people hear my music, they know that I made it. There is nothing generic about it. I feel like my music is to the industry what Drake was for the singing rapper. I can change the game. I know that. The hardest part of trying to make it is getting everyone else to see the same potential that I see.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

RAVELE: Where do I begin? My distinctive sound separates me from my contemporaries automatically. My work ethic is unmatched. My drive is outstanding. And, though it may not seem like it from the way I talk, my ego is in check. I can definitely improve; no artist can do it alone. But the raw talent is already here waiting to be explored. I am over 200 beats in and still going strong. I have so many instrumentals that I can’t even name them all. Not many 25 year old producers can say that. I’m young, I’m ready, and I’m different. Let’s get this started!

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

RAVELE: Like I mentioned before, it’s hard for eager, talented artists to come up without already having some type of connection. Most don’t even know how to get started. Some just don’t have the revenue required to promote themselves. This needs to change. A good friend of mine JK Cooley, also hailing from SC, is extremely talented but has little to no exposure. That’s why I promote him on my site www.ravele.com. A lot of fans are missing out on good music because it’s nearly impossible to be successfully independent unless your name is Macklemore. When I get connected, I’m going to give talented artists who need opportunities to shine the ability to. I swear on that.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

RAVELE: The collection of my work is only growing larger. I am currently compiling Ravele’s Platinum Selections Vol. 2 which will showcase my most popular beats of 2016 so far. Ravele’s Platinum Selections Vol. 1, released in December of 2015, is available now for listening on my site www.ravele.com. Additionally, I am collaborating with several artists, including JK Cooley to complete their albums scheduled for release later this year.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

RAVELE: In ten years, Ravele will be a household name if not sooner. My goal is to make a lasting impact on the music industry. I want my music to be heard in as many ears as humanly possible. I’ve already made over $2,000 self-promoting. Imagine what I could do if my music was widely available! Ultimately, after I get signed, I intend to officially branch out to other genres and markets. My talents are in no way restrained to Hip-Hop or to music. I can be a force to be reckoned with in any capacity. My personality will not allow me to fail. I can tackle any musical challenge. I can meet any deadline no matter how unrealistic. Give me the opportunity and I will exceed expectations. Guaranteed.   When people think of Ravele it will be right along with other names like Dr. Dre, Diddy, Timbaland, Kanye etc. I won’t need an introduction. Don’t believe me just watch.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

RAVELE: I am incredibly fan friendly and provide many ways for you to keep up to date with the world of Ravele. When you contact me I will reply NLT 24 hours later. In most cases, the response is immediate. When you visit my site enjoy the music and the freebies available with no strings attached. Like me on Facebook, comment, tweet about me, enter a contest to win a weekly free beat, download away, go crazy. It’s on me. Find out more about the next industry legend below:

Website: www.ravele.com

ReverbNation: Ravele

Facebook: Ravele – www.ravele.com

Twitter: @raveleprods

Primary E-mail: contact@ravele.com

Alternate E-mail: raveleprods@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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229 COMMENTS

  1. Very cool interview. Since the day that I learned to like music of any type, it is really neat to get a behind the scenes look right from a person in the industry!

  2. You’re from NC? that is so awesome and its my home state. I really enjoy the music that you produce and seeing this interview makes it even better for me!

  3. It is really great to hear that you will have new music and beats out this year! I follow you so I hope that I do not miss the release.

  4. Congrats on your self-promotion. Getting your music noticed by the right people will easily make that number much, much bigger. Keep it up!

  5. Putting together beats like this should be illegal. Thank you for this interview, Ravele is one of my favs!

  6. Ravele is one of the best, young artist that I have been listening to in a long time. This interview is one of the best!

  7. That is really cool that you are working with JK Cooley. He is also one of my favs and I am sure that your music is going to be awesome!

  8. In a high competition world of music like yours, there are many ways that you can sound distinct. Your music does just that and that pulls you away from the crowd.

  9. I have listened to his music and I do enjoy his sound. I have not had the opportunity to listen to other’s in this genre but I would be willing to listen to more of this music.

  10. There is a great sense of confidence in Ravele’s answers to the interview questions. His wordings also seem to express some humility as well. His tunes have potential. I do hope he gets more exposure.

  11. I really like interviews like this. Like many of the others that commented here, there is a certain insight that you get from them. Sort of a behind the scenes type of thing that is really cool for fans.

  12. South Carolina? That is my home state and I am pumped to listen to more of your music for this year. I hope you are going to do more collaborations with others.

  13. I like the passion in your music, that’s real, and what a lot of artists lack these days. Don’t ever lose that quality.

  14. An inspiration for kids he is! Music is important to the youth. I like how he turned military life into a benefit to grow his interest.

  15. I know MySpace ain’t a social network really anymore. But it’s great for promoting indie music. You should get on there too.

  16. You’re right, a lot of people are getting robbed the the music industry. So smart of you to recognize this and take control of your career.

  17. I will be contacting you about setting up some possible live performance dates. Will be in touch sometime early next week.

  18. It’s good you have your own website. Many artists just promote stuff on third party sites like facebook & youtube, but it’s smart to ultimately have your own platform that you fully own & control at the end of the day.

  19. Confidence is key in the music game. It’s great that Ravele covers all types of genres. He could probably overlap hip-hop and classical and come up with some pretty exciting tunes.

  20. He seems like a really cool level headed dude. Although I haven’t really heard about him or his music until now. Great article!

  21. That’s really true, what he said about artists being talented but never getting noticed because they don’t know anyone connected to the industry. That’s pretty sad in my opinion.

  22. I have never heard of him and I am very interested. I am going to listen to his music and see if i like it. I think that this is a great article and I am glad that there are some great people out there that care about the music that they make.

  23. Feels good to see someone who is worthy in the spotlight. Too many artist don’t have to do lil or nothing to gain success these days.

  24. This was an awesome interview and I can’t wait to hear more from this artist. I think that there should be many more artist out there like this because it will show how much they care about their music and fans. I can’t wait and I hope to hear something soon.

  25. I just visited your website Ravele and was listening to your music. I like the beat. It is so refreshing and pleasant to the ears. Keep it up!

  26. It’s really great to know Ravele that you had a passion for music and converted it into a profession. You had confidence in yourself and it helped you succeed in life. Thereafter, success followed you in all walks of life.

  27. Relly asome article i never knew that ravele had such great tallent, but after reading this interview about ravele i found some of his music to be quite an impact to the music game . Keep up yo flo !!!!!!

  28. I have never heard of him and I am very interested. I am going to listen to his music and see if i like it. I think this is an asome article and the we have people like ravele making a change

  29. I’m eager to hear what he’s been doing. It’s a shame that many extremely talented and innovative artists have to struggle to be recognized. I hope Ravele explores some of the other genres that inspire him.

  30. Interesting post! I have never heard of the guy and did some digging. I even listened to some of his works, Beautiful sounds.

  31. It’s great to see such talent on the scene, so many people have been just putting out junk lately. With such a diverse and experienced background, added in with his passion, it is a surprise he’s not on every radio station right now.

  32. Such an honest interview with a very talented musician. You’ve worked very hard to get to where you are and I’m sure you’ll continue to work harder and get even better.

  33. You can really hear Ravele’s gospel roots. But I don’t think
    you can pigeonhole him into a convenient niche. He’s unique.

  34. Music industry is hard to get success and this is proved yet again by the story of Ravele. It takes long to become popular in any field but the music field houses the most challenging competition.

  35. What a great bio! There are hundreds or more artists offering their own unique style of music. But there are others like Ravele who stands out from the rest! Keep doing what you are doing and more, and you’ll reach super stardom! Your fans will be with you the whole way!

  36. Totally eye-opening interview! Great questions, but even better responses by Ravele. Such a relief to know that there is a real person of depth and thought behind this new music force. My prayers for your continued increasing influence on the current music scene – which has been bleak and bland and all too similar for so many years. We’ve almost totally lost any originality. Keep up the great work, Ravele.

  37. Ravele’s cover of “My Hood” is better than the original.
    The man is a genius. Wish he would tour out west.

  38. It’s hard to believe a talent like Ravele. plays by ear.
    And you can download some really good jams from
    his website.

  39. Ravele is a good example of what
    you can do if you keep at it. He is
    a success because he practices
    every day.

  40. I really enjoyed reading about this Ravele and how he got into music. It’s nice to see that he has diversity in his inspiration and that he works to keep it unique and fresh sounding.

  41. Dude, this guys beats are so freaking tight. I was just checking out his website and I absolutely loved all the free ones. I’ll definitely be keeping and eye on his work. So cool that a young instrumental artist like this can be featured in such a positive article. Love it.

  42. That’s so cool that he draws his influence from Church Music! It’s super awesome to hear about how an artist’s childhood can influence their adult life. Keep up the awesome music, Ravele!

  43. this dud is lit af. 10 years and people won’t mention his name along with kanye because he is RAVELE and that is enough! so much respect for this dude.

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