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Craymo Exclusive Interview

 






Where are you from and could you tell us a little bit of your upbringing? 


I grew up in Ogdensburg, a small city on the St. Lawrence River on the Canadian border in upstate New York. I was the oldest of five siblings. I think I was singing when I came out of the womb! I fell in love with music at a very young age. My earliest childhood memory, actually, is of me at 3 or 4 years old singing "I wanna Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles into my mother's hairbrush in the mirror while dancing on my parent's bed!  I am obsessed with music!  I worked as a nightclub and radio DJ for over 30 years just so I could be close to music. It's the greatest escape to put on headphones

and just live in the moment and get lost in a song. Music has been my confidant, my savior, my escape and my best friend at times.  It's always there when I need it the most and it doesn't judge.


What genre of music do you make and when did you first decide to be a musician?


I  make alternative pop music in all its forms, rock, electronic, etc. I first decided to be an entertainer while watching the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds on TV.  Then when I saw David Cassidy on the Partridge Family, I knew I wanted that life! 


Who are some of the notable artists and people that influenced your career thus far? 


Elton John, The Beatles, Madonna, Duran Duran, Elvis Presley, David Bowie


Could you tell us about your latest project? 


My latest release is an EDM/Dance single called "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone" It's already won Best Dance Song in the 2022 Clouzine International Electronic Music Awards!


What should we expect from you in the near future?


I am working on a funky remake of Rick James "Give It To Me Baby!"


Could you give us some advice that you can offer to someone who is just getting started in making music? 


Believe in yourself. You have to believe it before anyone else can. You have to be dedicated, you have to learn and practice, practice, practice! You also need to have patience. You will hear a lot of no’s before you hear a yes. Surround yourself with people who also believe in you. There are very few “overnight sensations” sometimes it takes many years. Network and make a lot of friends in the business. Believe!


Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music? 


I performed as a male vocalist on Star Search 89 with Ed McMahon. My band opened for Smashmouth. I have had many songs licensed in TV shows and feature films and I am continuing those pursuits. Most recently I have been receiving Best Song and Best Music Video awards in several international song competitions!


Besides music, what are some of the things that you are into? 


Tennis, acting, bowling, riding my bike!


Are you currently on tour or planning to be?


I am not on tour but would love to be! Hopefully soon.


Any last remarks?


Be kind and enjoy your beautiful existence


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