Published on April 29th, 2020 | by MuzikScribe0
Reo Cragun – On His Way
Tell me your whole inception into music — When did you first become interested in it? And, how did it all begin for Reo Cragun?
When I was in the 6th grade I wanted to learn to play piano, but we couldn’t afford it at the time. That year, my mom surprised me with a guitar and that’s where my love for music really started.
Now where exactly do you hail from? And growing up there, who all did / do you consider to be your strongest influences?
I grew up in a city called Vancouver; it’s the southern most part of Washington State, about a five minute drive north of Portland, Oregon. All of my friends growing up had Walkmans, and one day I borrowed a Linkin Park CD and from that point on it rarely left the CD player, ha! So I would definitely say them, and then Kid Cudi for sure.
At what particular point in time, specifically, did you even opt to pursue music on a professional basis?
I dropped out of college, and quit my job at Costco in 2015 to make music. It was definitely the scariest time in my life because some days I wasn’t sure how I was going to eat, but I was confident that if I just kept at things I’d get to where I’d envisioned.
How do you classify your overall sound and / or style?
Hmm…I would say like Alternative R&B / Hip Hop, sometimes electronic *Laughs* I guess it depends on the day.
I was touring with Flume and a lot of the music I was making on the road wasn’t the greatest, but when I got home this ended up being the first song I cut.
Switching gears here, what exactly do you want people to get from your music?
It depends on the song. Sometimes I want people to be able to sit in the metaphorical driver’s seat of my life and get the play by play of what was happening at a specific time in my life, and sometimes I want to write something that they can really relate to. There are a lot of feelings and situations I’ve experienced that are necessary to transcribe into a song. Those are the ones that feel like I’m writing specifically to the listener.
If you could collaborate with any one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Biggie Smalls, his flow was unearthly.
If you could play any venue in the world, which one would you choose and why?
I want to play the Sydney Opera House and Madison Square Garden. I would cry.
In terms of longevity, what do you feel it is that will continue to sustain you in this grueling industry?
Just continuing to be myself, and being open to experiment musically.
Do you have any other outside / additional future aspirations, maybe even completely away from music?
Yeah, oddly enough, I want to build a self sustaining Aquaponics garden system in my backyard, and also get into real estate.
As for the immediate, what’s next for Reo Cragun?
Working on new music! I have two projects almost all the way ready to go, so expect a lot of content for the next year.
Any “parting” words for our readers?
Everything is kind of turned upside down right now, and things feel uncertain, but I’m certain that we’ll make it through these difficult times. Just reminding everyone to stay positive, and to continue practicing social distancing.