A Few Minutes with CRAY

Interview with CRAY, short for Cheney Ray. Interview by Collin Turner for KCSC Radio at Snowglobe Festival, December 31st, 2018.

Interviewer Collin Turner (left) poses with Cray

CT: Well first of all, congratulations. Tonight was super fun, your set was great. Did you play any other shows this weekend?

CRAY: Thank you so much. I did, I played Contact in Vancouver, BC. I played that two days ago.

CT: Is it a different feeling playing shows to bring in the New Year this weekend?

CRAY: Yeah, everyone’s excited, everyone’s celebrating. The energy’s higher, which is like super awesome. So yeah.

CT: How was 2018 for you?

CRAY: 2018 was amazing! Lots of growth, lots of new shit. I learned the music I wanna make. I learned about what I wanna do with my set. This year in 2018 I was also thinking about 2019. I was planning most about what I wanna do next year. I wanna do an EP.

CT: You’re kind of laying the groundwork, you had singles that came out and everything–

CRAY: Yes. I wanna do an EP next year. A couple EPs next year, a live performance, I wanna do a band… I have all of it planned out and this year really helped me flesh it out.

CT: Awesome. So you’re a gamer, right? What are your favorite games?

CRAY: Yes. My favorite game of all time is Fallout, the Fallout series. I’m playing Red Dead Redemption 2, horror games… I play Fortnite a little bit. I play everything but my favorite game ever is Fallout.

CT: Any advice or wisdom for people trying to get into the industry?

CRAY: My advice is to just to keep fucking trucking. I know it might seem like you might not make it. I know I’ve been doing this five years now, and the first two and a half, three I made zero money. I didn’t give my entire life to music… I was too scared. I didn’t know if I would have anything else so I did Twitch for a backup. So always have a backup plan. Don’t give your entire life to something you don’t know is going to happen. Make sure to have a side job, side hustle. Music is really hard, money is slow, so just make sure to keep on trucking, putting out content constantly. Make friends with the industry, hit up your promoters, play shows, put videos out, and at some point you’ll make it if you keep doing all that.

CT: Do you have any resolutions for next year?

CRAY: I don’t really believe in resolutions… I feel like it’s kind of bullshit. I just wanna keep living exactly the way I’m living. I wanna work on relationships because I know that I’m touring a lot and it’s been a little harder to connect with my family and my friends so I wanna make sure I try and balance that out. I go to therapy and it’s hard and overwhelming with touring and music so other than that, I just wanna make sure I’m living the way I’m living.

Collin Turner

Local Music Director askcsclocal@csuchico.edu