Rockingham, NC, January 30, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Tony Ray started playing music at the young age of 7 when his grandmother enrolled him in private piano lessons in Virginia Beach VA. After showcasing his piano skills in a concert for the entire school, Tony Ray knew that he was going have a place in the music industry. At the age of 13, he joined the band at Virginia Beach's Salem Jr High School where he played the saxophone, trumpet, and the violin. Although he enjoyed being a part of the band he did not enjoy the music he was led to play. Tony Ray later went on to attend Princess Anne High School. He would hang out in the same band room that Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, played in a year before he attended. After High School, Tony Ray kept on his pursuit of being in the music industry and curiosity led him to Future Records, the studio of music producer Teddy Riley. Mr. Riley had opened this Virginia Beach studio to influence a number of new producers, including VA natives Timbaland, Missy Elliott and production duo, The Neptunes. Although Tony Ray was turned away by staff security at the time he did not let that stop him.
Later, Tony Ray would start a small home studio in his first apartment in Norfolk VA. He took his savings and went to Guitar Center and purchased a Boss DR 660 Drum Machine and a Yamaha SU 200 Sampler. At the time, he was attending Tidewater Community College for HVAC and quickly became overwhelmed with studies and went on a music hiatus to keep up with his school work.
A few years later, he met Multi-platinum Producer, Tom Talliefero, while doing some landscape work at Mr. Talliefero's home in Virginia Beach VA. Mr. Talliefero is associated with Bobby Brown, Blackstreet, and Teddy Riley. With Mr. Talliefero's direction Tony Ray learned the in's and out's of the music industry and saw how a real studio works. Through the barter system Tom gave him, his first MBox, MPC and Reason 3.0 was obtained. There his inspiration really began.
From his interaction with Mr. Talliefero, Tony Ray wanted more and signed up for Diamond Sound School in Hampton VA, where he met Kris Haskins, another RIAA Certified Producer and Engineer and Sir Bloody I, who was slated to work with Gold Recording Artist, Rampage. Sir Bloody I taught Tony Ray how to mix, multi-track, and how a patch bay is operated.
Tony Ray, became Tony Traxx and began submitting tracks to artists such as Gold Certified Recording Artist, Rah Digga AKA Dirty Harriet, of Busta Rhymes Flip Mode Squad. Tony Traxx worked with Breyon Dowdell, AKA Young Breezy of Virginia Beach VA, on a mix CD until Young Breezy's untimely incarceration and has also worked with a talented upcoming young rapper, Drohmatyz of SCS Seven Cities Syndicate, based out of Norfolk VA. Tony Traxx is also credited with production on Jake Records Beats for Ballers Series, which has been distributed in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Tony Traxx signature sound consists of big sounding reverb drums over high octane drum progressions, kind of like an orchestra, inspired by his band lessons he learned in his younger years.