Monday, March 7, 2016

This Week's Interview With HipHop Artist Ayron COE

Aaron Reynolds, more commonly known as Ayron COE, is Indiana’s rising hip hop MC. Hailing from the City of Elkhart (hence his stage name), Reynolds has already made the rounds in the hip hop scene, doing shows and winning awards. In a 2014 feature piece, Faygoluvers  hailed Reynolds’ energetic stage presence, describing him as “definitely having the entertainment portion of being a rapper down.” He has appeared on the MTV-sponsored Video TV and his hit single “Cold World” won a spot on the Coast to Coast Nationwide Mixtape Distribution alongside numerous radio stations and T.V. Stations.

He has already finished many national tours, including touring with DJ Clay and Zug Izland and has worked with numerous artists including Plies, Twista, Shawnna, Bonecrusher, DJ Drama, Lil Wyte, and Do or Die.

Hey Ayron, thank you for taking the time to be interviewed by us.

Where are you from and what do you do?

Ayron: I am from Elkhart Indiana. Little old city in the middle of the mid-west. Rv capitol of the USA. City really took a downturn for the worst around the 2008 economic crash and trailer factories went under. As far as me , my inspiration derived from rock music actually. I used to listen to Rock N Roll growing up and used to picture myself being them on stage and rocking the crowd. Then as I grew up I started listening to Hip Hop and loved the way these rappers were putting together rhyme schemes. So as I listened I also practiced doing it myself and soon got the itch to want to keep doing it and keep doing it.

How old were you when you first got into the music scene? What got you started in music?

Ayron: Since about 14-15 its been a passion that hasn't left.  Ill be honest, though life gets hard; Very hard. Between having my daughter and being in rocky relationships its a very stressful lifestyle thats for sure. Most people see the fame and glam but don't see what happens behind closed doors. Behind the walls of the "castle" some are portrayed to be in. Its hard to maintain a happy streak because it seems you're always one step behind in every direction. But at the end of the day. Never give up, never give in, and ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS give it your all.

Where was your first gig?

Ayron: A little hole in the wall, no longer existing bar called REPS but let me tell you the adrenaline rush we felt that day was past amazing.

Where was the latest gig?

Ayron: At the Roosevelt Center. A youth center for kids and adults.

What are your good and bad traits as an artist?

Ayron: Good traits I would have to say would be my writing abilities and diversity through my art to where I feel I can achieve almost any style I put my mind towards. Also I'm one that shows love to any artist I see doing their thing in their lane.  Bad traits would probably be hooks and sometimes timing. I feel I'm the whole package just need sanded out in a couple spots.

What Genre are your categorized as?

Ayron: Hip-Hop. Real life. I only speak on what I've been through and what I plan to achieve through music.

Have you released any albums?

Ayron: Yes, Check it out:

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Ayron: Yes I do! Check me out here:

How old are you now?

Ayron: I am now 25

How old were you when you first stood on a stage? How did it feel?

Ayron: I was about 19-20. It was an adrenaline rush beyond belief. I wasnt even nervous at all.

Where would like to perform in the future?

Ayron: Id like to perform at a venue that is either sold out or tremendously packed.(50,000 people or more). No venue specifically just to be in from of that many people would be a dream come true in itself.

Which artist is the best that you've seen live? What made their show so good?

Ayron: Id have to say the best one I seen live was the T.I. Lil Wayne 2 Chainz show. The special effects were out of this world mixed in with the energy the artists brought to the stage was crazy. There was probably between 30,000-50,000 people there and they were going crazy. They even had people skateboarding on halfpipes behind them as they were performing. Plus the pyrotechnics were ridiculous.

Any plans of touring?

Ayron: Actually were setting up the 2016 tour as we speak. Im working with a company based out of Florida Called Eight Alloy Entertainment. But yea I looooooove being on the road. Well theres things I love about it but sometimes touring sucks. Long drives, No sleep, city to city with what seems such a short 24 hour span.Ill tell ya this though , there nothing like it. Touring is an essential must for any up and coming artist or successful artist. Touring is what gives your fans an actual chance to see you live instead of behind a stereo , cellphone, or T.v. Also gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of cool and key people that could actually turn out to benefit your career later down the road. You never know who you'll meet on the road.

How big was the biggest crowed you preformed for?

Ayron: Around 1000 people. The feeling was ridiculously amazing. Still trying to top that one to this day. If we keep working towards our goals every single day I don't see why we shouldn't succeed with that.

What are the plans for the rest of the year music wise?

Ayron: Work work work. Between the mass of music videos, songs and performances we plan to at least be 10 steps ahead of where we currently are. I never want to set a goal too big because you tear yourself up more on not reaching that versus what you reached along the way.

How do you typically get psyched up for a gig?

Ayron: Depends. Typically before a show I try to be real chill and relaxed knowing that the minute the mic turns on and its my turn its go time. I always seem to find my energy on stage. To me its more of a natural thing nowadays instead of a nervous thing.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older artists or from artists more modern?

Older artists usually. I can't say all modern music isn't inspiring though. I guess it really just depends on the artist or the song. (old school rap contained a lot more about lifestyles and true living versus nowadays a lot of the radio is flooded with repetitive nonsense that makes no sense. Literally.

What are your sources of inspiration?

Ayron: Inspiration comes from anything. A pencil, a glass, a lighter, a thought. Anything and any emotion can be inspiration . My inspiration usually drives from my feeling and my emotion at any given time. If I'm sad I'll write a sad song as if I'm mad I'll write something angry. I also like to flex my writing abilities and go outside of the box and allow outside people to actually give me ideas to write off of. Instead of grasping my own inspiration I can now feed off the thoughts and intentions of ones around me. Also my daughter is now a HUGE inspiration in my life to succeed thats its wild. All I want to do is show her how to be the best person she can be, period. I just want her to be happy. Cause if she is then I am.

What's the first step when writing a new song?

Ayron: To me there isn't a set planned step list. It just comes as it comes. Sometimes I hear a beat and feel it "speaks" to me in a certain way for a certain song. Sometimes I start writing a hook or a verse before I ever hear or have a beat. It all usually depends.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums in today's digital world?

Ayron: I wish it was how it used to be but in all honesty, its a easy way to mass produce and generate music through an audience with just the click of a button. No longer does the consumer need to leave their house when spots like Youtube and ITunes are available.

What would be your dreams performance/venue?

Ayron: If I could pick any type of performance or to perform anywhere I want Id choose to perform with my hometown people. Ill meet the stars along the way but to be on a stage in front of 100,000 people or more with the ones you struggled with to get there. Theres nothing better to me. The feelings we all would have would be amazing. The thing is it gets lonely at the top and when you got your buddy to succeed with you. Id say thats a hell of a way to go out.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?

Ayron: Any music generally. My roots was Rock N Roll but Ill listen to country, RnB, Rap, or anything mostly.

Has stage fright ever been a problem for you? What advice can you give to aspiring musicians with this problem?

Ayron: Never. I honestly figured at some point in my career I would face it. My advice to artists that may feel it, would be to interact with the people of the crowd prior to your performance if possible. The more people you have rocking with you the easier it is to be yourself on stage.

Are you a part of any other musical projects?

Ayron:I wouldn't say part of any projects full blown but we work with sooooo many people that we're always featured on someone's project. But currently were setting up the 2016 tour and about to drop the COE (Collabs of Elkhart) mixtape soon.

Have you been in any other groups before being solo?

Ayron: Yes I was in a group called COE ENT. We were a very large group of individuals but at the end of the day I learned the hard way. The bigger the circle the bigger the problems. Too many people were there for the wrong reasons and we felt if we had 100 people behind us we were good. Not the case

Do you have a job other than your music career? If yes, what do you do?

Ayron: I was a motorcycle mechanic for almost 10 years. Currently? Last year I retired from it to pursue music full time.

How often do you rehearse?

Ayron: All the time. Every day. Im always freestyling and rapping anywhere and everywhere. I tend to rehearse a lot because I like to know that I'm solid with the material I have.

Where do you typically rehearse?

Ayron: Usually in the studio room. Ill just turn the speakers up and pretty much perform for the wall. I probably look like a fool but its what I love to do. So I'd rather hone and know my skill rather than get caught looking stupid.

Do you have any webpages?

Ayron: Yes I do!
 twitter: @Ayroncoe
All in all just Google Ayron COE and you'll see a list and array of websites were on.

Describe your show, visually and musically? How do you interact with the crowd?

Ayron: Im a monkey on stage. I literally will hop on any banister, ladder, or table within reach. I love to entertain people when I'm on stage. If they wanted to hear you they'd download your music but since they came to your show you have to give them something to watch.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

Ayron: Very original, easy to listen to and relatable.

Ayron, thanks for doing the interview and keep up the hard work! We wish you the best and hope to hear from you again soon.

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