This weekend I had an opportunity to meet Rory Beck, transfer graduate from Lane CC, who had finished the Multimedia Design program back in 2012. For the past three years he has had the opportunity to make money as a local DJ. Rory produces a verity of instrumentals and sampled hip-hop tracks. His SoundCloud has a collection of soul infused house, and an extensive collection of his mashups from classic R&B, Soul, Funk, Blues, and 80’s vibe music. I suggest checking it out, good stuff….
We met at Ta Ra Rin and talk over big plates of Pad Thi, helping to make a fulfilling Interview. He was very passionate when talking about his music and the process to find gigs. We talked about selling yourself as an artist and how the strategy to play for the right price can be very intimidating. Dealing with bookers and promoters sometimes can be stressful when trying to make it as an artist. Most of his gigs are at Hi-Fi including an occasionally MC’s at the Funk Wednesday Jam night there. Beck also plays at Barnlight, and Blair Alley. He also discussed how meeting other musicians, fans, and producers have been inspiring for that artistic drive hiding inside everybody. Rory said that recently he has gone through a major transition in life, and music along with meditation practices has been helping him through with the transformation. I related to that quite a bit, and felt inspired to do art and music more, helping myself get it together.
He is truly apart of the expanding music scene here in Eugene, doing collaborations with other artists and producing tracks for them as well. And plans on day to be a producer creating albums for artists alike and to also work with children. He talked about the joys of introducing kids to music and the U R Awesome none-profit he has worked for, and one day maybe creating his own.
A date for his next show has not been made yet, but I know I will be attending and you should to if you like to dance and enjoy a DJ set. Till then he is working on many projects including another local Hip Hop artist from the multimedia program here at Lane. RxN – Simon Baum, who has music videos of youtube.
As an artist and musician myself, it was inspiring to talk with someone out there doing what the enjoy. And hopefully, made a connection I could one day work with.
~ LMGL 1/ 5/2018