Artist and songwriter Eric Bravo has already achieved noteworthy success in the field of animation, and has recently been making waves online with his brand new music, featuring some impressive collaborations.
Prior to the release of his brand new album, we caught an interview with him to find out more about his journey. Here’s how it went.
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Hi Eric, thanks for the interview. For those who don’t know – how would you describe what you do as an artist?
Thank you for interviewing me. RAVO is my musical stage name and I like to describe it as a mix between the Gorillaz and DJ Khalid. I combined my love for music and animation together to create RAVO. My album Need to Know is scheduled to be released August this year (which you can pre-order now) with an accompanied animated short.
My latest release, SpeedRacer features XXL Freshman Dizzy Wright & Nikko Dator and is scheduled to be on all streaming platforms this Friday.
Given your background in the many creative mediums – music, animation, photography – which discipline first drew your passion, and where are you hoping to take things over the coming months and years?
Definitely music. I’ve been making music since I was 14 and throughout the years I got into photography, then animation and now I’m back to music fully.
Are you professionally trained in any particular field, and is animation your main role financially?
I am self-taught in photography, music, and writing in animation. I went to school as a Managerial Economics major and never had the chance to go to art school. However, it’s always been a dream to study art. Animation is my main role financially.
How did you manage to connect with Nickelodeon so early on in your career, and what impact has this success had on your life?
I actually interned at Nickelodeon and from there I was able to create my cartoon short, The Outsiders. It had a huge impact on my art journey as it gave me the confidence to pursue art fully and I had a major studio to back me.
What can you tell us about the single Find Me?
Find Me is the first song that I’ve made that I was proud of. Bay Area’s own ymtk absolutely delivered on the track and Yung Tory added that needed flair to it. It is the first single from my album, Need to Know.
Is there more new music on the way?
Yes! SpeedRacer featuring Dizzy Wright & Nikko Dator is being released this week on all streaming platforms. It’s a high energy track that’s great to play to get hyped up. You can grab an early copy on my Bandcamp page.
How important is networking and collaboration in building a career as a creative?
It’s super important, especially in the animation industry. Once you get your foot in any creative industry, it’s important to make connections and keep them. It’s also great to be able to collaborate with other creatives in the field.
How have you found the recent social restrictions, and is there anything you’ve managed to get done that you hadn’t found time for previously?
It’s been strangely productive. I was able to make my album, Need to Know during this time which I’m super excited for. It’s now available for pre-orders.
If you could sit down to lunch with anyone at all, who would you choose, and what would you ask them about?
Walt Disney. I think it’s amazing how he was just able to build an empire with a drawing of a mouse.
What’s your greatest ambition or biggest dream in life?
I would love to make it on the Billboard charts one day!
Is there anything else we should know?
Feel free to pre-order Need to Know on Bandcamp now!
Also follow me on Instagram and Spotify.
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