LIB Magazine is in the studio, and about to shine a light on some of Long Island’s finest artists. Born from a desire to bring credit to Long Island’s creative music scene, the LIB Mixtape covers multiple genres and features the cutting edge talent of many of your favorite local musicians and producers.
Big plans are in store, including local radio play, national exposure and a concert showcasing the artists. The Mixtape is still in the production phase and new talent is welcome to try out. In the end, there will be 12 tracks in total.
The LIB Mixtape release date will be announced soon, but in the meantime read on to learn about our participating artists. And stay tuned for more spotlights in the coming days.
Rayonthetrack is: Ray Sullivan
Hometown: Mastic Beach, NY (Relocated to Ridge after Sandy)
Title: Music producer, engineer, and artist
Ray Sullivan was on his way to the Recording Engineering Institute in Islandia when we spoke for his interview. Sullivan, who more commonly goes by Rayonthetrack, is completing an 11-month program to better his career in producing and engineering.
“I’m someone who can work the scenes in a studio, record people, and get soundtracks made,” he said. “I can find a potential and pull it out to make a record.”
Rayonthetrack has worked with many artists on Long Island. Among them are Espo the Truth and Michael Nixx. He has also worked with his younger brother, Wes Sullivan, a member of the band Vanilla Ghost House. Right now he is an executive producer of the LIB Mixtape and is producing original tracks for it. Word through the grapevine is that he is working with LIB to create its own music department.
“The ideas will come out to me out of my subconscious and into my conscious. I have to execute them right away or else I’ll miss them.”
He wasn’t always into music, but Rayonthetrack grew up with it. He got a drum set for Christmas when he was 10, and his uncle taught him how to play his first rhythms. When he was 13, Rayonthetrack decided that he wanted to do production. “For that Christmas my parents blessed me with my first DAW recording program and other equipment that allowed me to record through a computer,” he said. Since then, Rayonthetrack has learned bass guitar, keyboard, and other instruments. When he was 16 he began Faith Funded Studios so he could continue his dream.
“My success stories come from the people I work with and produce,” he said. “They come, get a great price, and keep coming back. I’m proving that I’m a great producer.”
Rayonthetrack compares his creative process to making a train on time. “The ideas will come out to me out of my subconscious and into my conscious. I have to execute them right away or else I’ll miss them.”
Rayonthetrack plans to start a movement and give the art of music back to the artist. He thinks that music has been turning more into a business than music. He wants the originality of the artist to shine through the songs. So far, he says its been going well. “People trust my creativity and don’t hesitate to comply,” he said. “I’m more or less trying to reason with them, they look forward to the things I’m going to do for them. Faith Funded – Salute it when you hear it!”
Rayonthetrack’s final words to me were to stay tuned and that big things were coming. You can see his work at https://soundcloud.com/rayonthetrack.
If your interested in submitting music for the LIB MIxtape email Ray Sullivan at email@example.com