1. Introduce yourself(tell about yourself & who you are) Ranaso is a Kenyan singer, songwriter and commercial model. I am a free spirit individual and feisty confidence and the edgy aesthetic of emo-pop. I love to travel, meet new people, and experience all life has to offer. I’m the second born out of six. As a model, I began a […]
1. Introduce yourself(tell about yourself & who you are)
Ranaso is a Kenyan singer, songwriter and commercial model. I am a free spirit individual and feisty confidence and the edgy aesthetic of emo-pop. I love to travel, meet new people, and experience all life has to offer. I’m the second born out of six. As a model, I began a commercial modeling career at the age of 21 with Versatile Model & Talent Kenya Ltd before deciding to pursue music. Although music-wise I knew I was born to be a singer at the tender age of 7, but being from a small town in the western part of Kenya the opportunities have been limited. I sing to the hearts of men and to the souls of women.
2. What inspired you to get into music and how is that feeling experience for you?
My inspiration comes from a close-knit family of music lovers, and this ingrained love of art also it manifests my interests. My parents were always avid movie and music lovers and would share that love for both movie and music with me and my five siblings. I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water. I used to be so scared to sing, now I love it. it helps keep my heart open. And I used to be so afraid to dance in front of people too, so now I make it a point to confront my fears and chase my demons. I constantly look for ways to put myself into situations that challenge me to become more and more better. They say practice makes perfect.
3. What are some goals you’d like to complete with music?
Mos’ def’ finishing my debut album is the main goal I’m wishing to accomplish. Release at least four major singles and start a concert tour. Become a household name (brand) in music industry especially in my home-zone East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. Become a full time musician. Creating employment from band to back up singers, dancers and DJs.
I want to inspire new youngsters. Help them become who they aspire to be. I want to touch their souls and leave a positive mark in their hearts. #Ranasolites
4. What is a message you’d like to share with to other artists around the world?
As a musician, it’s common to experience a negative and the pressure that comes with wanting to make everything perfect. It’s a certainty that someone somewhere is listening and watching you, and you can’t stop wondering if it’s a boo or flop. Well, that should be the least of your worries. Learn to appreciate yourself at the fullest and be grateful for things that don’t go your way.
Sing like no one is listening and dance like no one is watching. Don’t be afraid of being different; be afraid of being the same as everyone else. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. Just because your path is different doesn’t mean you are lost. You can’t make everyone happy, some will love you and some will hate you. It’s human nature. Do YOU, BE YOU. Stay Authentic. Stay true to thy own self. There are no shortcuts in life as Gary Goodridge once quoted, “If you want to be successful, it’s very simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” Success is nothing more than living your life according to your own truth and on your own terms.
5. What would you say makes you different from other musicians in the world?
I believe artistes are uniquely created differently, in a good way. As for me, it’s about my sound, it’s truly unique and versatile, drawing from influences from Pop/EDM, Afro-Pop, RnB, Ballad/Classical Music. My music speaks for a generation of young people around the world, both girls and boys, who are finding themselves, united by angst and emojis. I don’t sing for everyone, I sing for those who get it. I can’t give everybody what they want, I do it for those who vibe with me, with hopes that someone somewhere would love and appreciate my craft. I have no time to make music to convince you to be my fan.
6. What are some mental struggles you’ve faced in life and how did you overcome them?
Lucky for me, I have none, I was raised by my grandma maternal (R.I.P.) and she taught me that life is like it is. We all go through pain sometimes, and that may lead to anger and mistrust. When you’re angry, you’re just a character in someone else’s story. But when you let your anger go, you reclaim your own story. Becoming your own protagonist again. Everything happens for a reason, and they are no accidents in life. Learning to accept and letting go of things that doesn’t go as expected is a top tier. You can’t push the ocean, you need to let it flow. And if you don’t get this point, and you stay in the struggle, you’re basically going against the rules of nature. Stop struggling and start being.
7. What is your latest project you’d like to share with others around the world?
It’s a SURPRISE.–