We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan “Lingo” Fletcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan “Lingo”, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always had a take charge mentality accompanied by good problem solving skills. When I first started making music I was broke and couldn’t afford to record at high priced studios, so I learned to work with what I had and reinvest what I made into myself. When funds were no longer an issue, I continued on the DIY route because the more I learned how to do myself, the less I needed to rely and wait on others. When I started Grind Mode Cypher I applied the same thought process and made sure we were able to do everything we need in-house.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a musician and an entrepreneur. I’m involved in so many different aspects of the music business from tv production, to audio/video engineering, to running a record label and recording my own music. What sets me apart from others is my dedication and perseverance. I don’t take no for an answer. If there’s something that I can’t do, I’ll learn how to do it. There’s always a solution for the problem. This mindset applied over 20 years of hard work is the reason I’m able to be musician/entrepreneur and provide for my family. The journey to get here was not easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The ups and downs are what made me who I am. The low times were used for learning and building the tools you need to succeed. The high points have been the payoffs from the hard work and implementing what I’ve learned along the way. The best lesson I learned about the music industry is that there’s plenty of ways to make money, you just have to realize that not everybody is going to be the star. I was able to find jobs in production and in the background that allowed me to be financially stable and able to fund my own business. I want the world to know that Lingo & Grind Mode Cypher will continue to bring you timeless music from amazing artists.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Places to check out in Providence, RI and the surrounding area. Live venues for music: Alchemy, Fete Music Hall, The MET Food: Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches, Craft Burgers & Beer, UMelt Tourist things to check out: Waterfire, Federal Hill, RISD Museum of Art Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my parents and wife. My parents taught me the importance of working hard and being dedicated. They also pushed me and allowed for me to follow my dreams. My wife has been by my side as my biggest supporter since we met. She is an integral part in my company and I wouldn’t be able to do it without her.