Ray Daniels - On The Rayzor's Edge
Author: Darryn King
Friday, 12 October 2007
Tell us about the beginnings of Rayzor Records, back when it was a one-man operation. What was your first step-
I always wanted to record my own album, that’s how Rayzor Records began… I wanted to be in control of everything. The first step was a course in Sound Engineering - it wasn’t a career that I ever wanted but I needed the knowledge to build my own studio.
I built my studio and went to work on the tracks I’d written.
When did you decide you were ready to enlist some talent to perform on your tracks- How did you go about doing this-
From the beginning when I write a song I have the idea in my head of how I want it to be and the structure of it. It was really just a waiting game until I finished my studio and put down the tracks for the singers that I knew to do their part - a lot of them are mates from West Wyalong and the rest from Sydney and Bondi locals.
So how do you write and record your tracks-
The majority of the time I write a poem and put it to music. I hum the tune or melody that I want to the musicians that I work with (Gareth Huxham, Michael J. Fox, Aaron Worboy and Mathew Kratochvil), and they come up with a guitar piece, bass riff or keyboard melody to go along with it. I make a beat to the track and we work on it from there.
How would you describe your sound-
I really don’t know what genre to categorize my music in. It’s rap/rnb/rock all mixed together, I think you’d have to say its more pop then anything. Basically, any melody I hear that I like the sound of I’ll want to put a beat to it and add some lyrics. I like the use of samples and live instruments mixed together.
Would you say that growing up in West Wyalong has influenced your music, sonically or lyrically-
I’d have to say that growing up in West Wyalong has influenced my music in a more lyrical way then anything else. If you listen to the album (It Starts Here…) you will see that a lot of what I write is based on experiences in my life or people close to me. Most of the music I listened to growing up was Aussie rock (Jimmy Barnes, Johnny Diesel and John Farnham) - I guess that’s why I still like to keep the sound of live guitars.
WHAT: Rayzor Records launch at the Clarendon / It Starts Here… out through Rayzor Records
WHEN: Friday 19 October