We had the good fortune of connecting with Macc McCray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Macc, what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by almost anything. It just depends on what I come up with from what I see. For me, it could be anything from a song idea, to a beat for someone else or even a possible clothing idea. I get most of my inspiration from my peers though. Especially some of my friends that have become a little more popular in the world. They keep me going, to want to achieve more. Seeing their growth inspires me alot. I have plenty of friends in music and clothing. Most of time time we’re all so busy working, promoting, etc., that we don’t really get to talk. When I run into them at events or if we speak on social media, I always make sure I let them know they help keep me motivated or inspired something I came up with. Youre friends deserve just as much credit for influence as the celebs do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I label myself as an artist. Just that. There’s a ton of things I do but mostly I just create. My main focus is doing music. I’m a rapper, producer, engineer, the list goes on. But music is my main thing. So far, I got where I am now by networking and maintaining these long term relationships. It was kind of easy for me because I’m a great talker. In my case, it took a little while because I didnt know how to turn these relationships into business or “cash in favors”. But you can’t know until you ask right? I’ve learned that being genuine with people and showing love unprovoked will get you far. I’ve seen people take the greedy route and treat this business like a cash grab but its more than that. If people could take any gems from this, i’d say just be sincere and honest and you’ll never have to ask for “favors”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This question is a little weird for me since you guys are based in LA. I haven’t been out there many times so right now, I think we’d both be tourists in a sense haha. Im definitely an adventurous person though so I’m always down to wander and find something new. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s no one person I’d like to shoutout directly, too many folks would be mad at me haha. But I do want to shout out my peers/friends who are also entrepreneurs and creatives. Being an artist myself, I know how important it is to show love to one another. It’s super hard being an artist but I feel like we all keep each other moving and active in a sense. Everyone I know is currently working on a project or something and I really wanna see everyone see it through. A few of my friends are gaining some major recognition in the music business, I have others who film videos for big name artists and so on. I just want to see everyone win at the end. And they all deserve credit in my story as well. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to see my possibilities so close to home.
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