Finally got the pic of meeting @ryanleslie last week at his movie screening in NYC with @joi_to_theworld ! Also did a write up on the event on www.theeunderrated.tumblr.com!
Ryan Leslie Movie Screening/Q&A at City College Recap
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Last Monday on February 25th, Joi and I were able to attend a Q&A/movie screening of Sons of New York by Ryan Leslie. It took place at City College in the Bronx Borough of NYC. It was a nice intimate setting that allowed the attendees to feel engaged. It was an amazing experience and we were able to learn a lot for Ryan. Furthermore, we were to hear his thoughts personally about his life, music and how he plans to move forward with is career.
The event started out with Ryan’s Renegade team greeting everyone and explaining what the “Renegades” is all about. If you don’t know, Ryan is creating a way where he can have a relationship with each person who supports and buys his music. You will have access to his personal email and a personal phone number! Membership cost $12 and you will receive a downloads of Ryan’s latest CD Black Mozart. His team were very engaging and really got the guest’s excited for Ryan!
It then transitioned to the movie screening. The movie was great film into Ryan’s life and how his music echoes it! The film was full of tracks from his latest album and went along with various scenes. From this movie you can sense that ryan is passionate about his music and wants to create music forever. There was one scene where he performed a song he just wrote over music producer Wondergurl’s beat and performed the song for her via phone call. In this clip, you can feel the artistry of Ryan and it showed his musicianship. For this scene, I felt it was the strongest and shows that Ryan is a great talent and is making great music that needs to be recognized.
Another scene of the movie that spoke to how he is feeling, is when he is in Dubai. Ryan is peering over the scenery and he is taking the time to take it all in. For me this was an important moment because it shows he perseverance and that he is still standing and doing what he loves. It was moment for him to reflect and realize that his dream is still much very alive.
As movie came to a close and Ryan was introduced. He walked in and went right to the baby grand piano. For me I knew that Ryan was talented but it was great to see him it up front as he played the piano. It was electrifying and the music skills he possesses is effortless. After showing is piano chops, Ryan then began to take questions. There was so much said that I could write a whole think piece length paper but I will give you a quick summary.
Ryan explained that he is tired of selling his music on iTunes. He feels that it is creating a riff between him and his fans. He recently was able to sit with the CEO of DropBox. He stated that when you sign up with Dropbox, you receive a message from the CEO personally sending you a message, first thanking you for your business but then given an email to contact the CEO with questions or concerns. In music Ryan made it clear to us that you can’t contact every person who buys your album. There is no way for him to get feedback from his actual supporters/consumers of his music. So he is taking a business plan standpoint and is taking his music off iTunes and into his hands.
The connection that Ryan wants to make is not done in music nowadays unless your favorite artist is underground or independent. He is taking a risk, but I feel that it will pay off in the end and he will have an even larger fan base. Another point that Ryan made was that, he is still here. After everything that he has been through, he is still standing. When people turned their back on him with the settlement case he lost, he took it and grew from it. Ryan has been through so much from being homeless at one point to achieving his dream, that you believe in everything he says. Not once did he sound ungrateful or boast, he knows that life is a journey and that perseverance is key.
From this event, I have a new found respect for Ryan. He is talented, innovated and intelligent. The fact that he cares about his fans is inspiring and that he is willing to hear opinions of what they think. Ryan has had up and downs but his talent and work ethic is undeniable. What he is doing has not been done by a music artist before, I am sure that he is the future of music industry!
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