By: Hayley Kohlhepp/Senior Writer
Gavin Bradley (AKA DJ Rav) has been getting a lot of attention recently for his music career. Between making music and getting ready for the holiday season, Gavin sat down for an interview with the Raider Reader. Here’s how it went!
RR: How long have you been DJing?
DJR: About 4 years.
RR: What originally made you want to become a DJ?
DJR: I had really good taste of music and more songs on my playlist than everyone else. So everyone started calling me a DJ and I went with it.
RR: Have you always had a love for music growing up?
DJR: I was singing when I came out of the womb.
RR: Where do you see your music career going?
DJR: If my music takes off then I will stick to that. But I will definitely be attending college.
RR: Who came up with the name DJ Rav and why?
DJR: Back then, we had a thing going on and if you got ‘yammed on’, that means you got dunked on in basketball. One year, during basketball season, a group of us were helping with the food drive and there were canned yams. I took a picture and uploaded it on Instagram and one of my basketball friends, Austin, commented on it. When he spelled my name in the comment, it autocorrected to “Ravin”, and since then it’s changed and stuck to Rav.
RR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DJR: Hopefully living off my music in the hills.
RR: Why are you rapping?
DJR: To bring the community together and to have everyone know my name. I want people to look up to me, to be an influence on people.
RR: How do you plan on increasing popularity for your work?
DJR: I use a lot of social media outlets, but hopefully my music is good enough to eventually reach everyone.
RR: Is there a lot of pressure when it comes to your music?
DJR: There is a lot of pressure considering the fan base I have been working on.
RR: What do you like to do in your spare time?
DJR: Make beats for other local artists.
RR: Who has been your biggest supporter through all of this?
DJR: Nobody has really been a big supporter. The fans love what I do but there has been a lot of people that told me that I couldn’t do this. Everything I have with music has been self-made.
RR: What’s your favorite food?
DJR: I eat everything but, mainly all of it.
RR: Do you have any new tracks coming out soon? What’s next for DJ Rav?
DJR: All I can say is to stay tuned but what’s next is something everybody, no matter what genre of music you like, will love.
RR: What’s something you’re passionate about besides the music?
DJR: Philosophy. The outlook of life is really just interesting.
RR: Name three artists you would like to be compared to.
DJR: Dr. Dre, Logic, and it may be a stretch but Eminem.
RR: Dead or alive- who is your dream collab with?
DJR: Biggie Smalls
RR: What superpower would you have and why?
DJR: Mind control, because then I could do anything I wanted.
RR: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
DJR: I actually have two pieces of advice that I really listen to. One, Emily Formosa’s mom gave me. She said, “Everything is temporary.” The second one is kind of my own advice to myself, which is “Wealth is in the mind, not the body.”
RR: Do you have any relationships ‘brewing’ or are you single:
DJR: I always have something ‘brewing’.
RR: Do you plan on working with other students or will you stick with the group you have now?
DJR: I will work with anyone who has talent and wants to collab with me.
RR: What do you have to say about the people you’ve worked with so far?
DJR: I have grown a lot with each artist I have worked with. Each of them made me into the artist I am today.
RR: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
DJR: I appreciate all genres of music, even if it isn’t hip-hop.
RR: Last song you listened to?
DJR: Marvin’s Room by Drake
RR: Any final shoutouts?
DJR: Shoutout to ASAP Woof and all my fans that still support me today.
Hayley Kohlhepp is a senior and first-year writer for the Raider Reader. She loves to write and hang out with her family. Hayley plans on studying social work at SUNY Broome College in hopes that she can pursue her true passion, helping others.