Ryan Graves – An Engineer with a Magical Ear

Catch our exclusive interview with Ryan Graves, owner of Graceland Music Records, located in Alabama below:


As a seasoned interviewer, I’ve had the pleasure to meet and converse with countless talented individuals. This time, I had the opportunity to sit down with Ryan Graves, an independent recording artist and audio engineer. Ryan Graves is a name that, I am convinced, will soon resonate within the music industry.

When you first meet Ryan, you’re instantly drawn to his humble demeanor. Coupled with a genuine passion for music, it’s clear that he is not only an artist but a craftsman, meticulously honing his skills each day. Ryan’s journey into music began in his childhood, dressing up and performing impromptu concerts for his family. But it wasn’t until four years ago that he stepped into a friend’s studio to record for the first time, a pivotal moment that set him on the path to becoming an independent artist.

Ryan’s approach to creating music is both intuitive and technical, a balance he attributes to his experiences as an audio engineer. While he had played around with recording and producing in the past, it was his friend’s professional studio that gave him the push to delve deeper. “I realized I needed to figure out how to produce and edit my own music,” he tells me. With a determined glint in his eye, he recalls how this decision allowed him to perfect his sound and work with other artists.

Throughout our conversation, Ryan’s passion for music was evident. He often referred to his influences, such as Eminem, and how they played a part in shaping his sound. But it wasn’t just about creating music for Ryan. He also focused on the business aspect, discussing his own record label, Graceland.

Ryan Graves

Graceland Music was born out of Ryan’s vision to provide a platform for independent artists. His goal, he explained, was to help his artists get on tours and stages, and potentially secure distribution deals. “I’m actually a better engineer than I am a rapper,” he said, revealing his commitment to nurturing other artists’ talents.

As our conversation drew to a close, Ryan shared his thoughts on the future. “In the next five years, I see Graceland Music growing. I want to learn more about getting my artists out there on tours and stages,” he said. With his dedication and talent, I have no doubt that Ryan Graves is carving a unique path in the music industry.

While my time with Ryan was insightful, it was his humility and passion that left a lasting impression. In a world often filled with noise, Ryan Graves is a melody, creating music with purpose, and helping others do the same.

Make sure to follow Ryan’s Instagram: @iamryangraves

His article is featured in No Offense Magazine Spring 2024 ft. Leah Star!

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