Ross Victory Bio:
Ross Victory is an American music artist from Los Angeles. Raised on the smooth soul of the 90s–Jon B., Donnel Jones, Anita Baker, and Babyface, and also a fan of contemporary R&B and soulful trap, Ross delivers catchy lyrics and syrupy serenades to capture listeners. Ross finds his unique voice by combining R&B music and literature to inspire and entertain both listeners and readers. As the author of the father-son themed memoir, Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son and bisexual-themed Panorama: The Missing Chapter, Ross is a songwriter, but also a storyteller. If he weren’t keeping his English teachers on their toes for what he would say or write next, he was processing his world through songwriting and music. After two significant losses—his father and brother, Ross finds himself pushed to share his art with the world, with a clear understanding of its healing ability. Ross incorporates a range of moods and emotions for audiences using his personal story as a source and creativity.
Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
Ross Victory: I’m Ross Victory. I’m an artist and author – born and raised in L.A.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Ross Victory: I’ve been singing since I was 2 years old. I wrote my first song in middle school. I entered my first singing contest and began interning at Power 106 radio station in 2007.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
Ross Victory: While pursuing a Marketing degree from Cal State LA, Ross interned in the Sales & Marketing team at Power 106 radio station in Los Angeles. This internship led to an opportunity at ASCAP (Performing Rights Organization), where he worked with the process of music publishing and obtained hands-on experience with songwriting and licensing. My first official commercial project was my book, Views from the Cockpit, and the song “Savor the View.”
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your latest single “Cali Cruisin”?
Ross Victory: Cali Cruisin’ is the L.A. anthem that we’ve needed for a very long time. It’s catchy, feel good, and has a bit of the popular afrobeat sound mixed in. Most importantly, it’s about all things Los Angeles!
Getmybuzzup: When can fans expect the visuals for the single?
Ross Victory: The visuals and merch store for Cali Cruisin’ will be available Friday, August 14 on Youtube and Zazzle.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Ross Victory: All the singers/songwriters. From The Dream, The Weeknd, Ne-Yo to Mariah and Nicki. Writing is at the foundation of music.
Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?
Ross Victory: I can do all methods. Writing with no music or beat and writing to beats and music. For Cali Cruisin’ I actually had the visual first, then found the beat and then put lyrics to it. Most songs are a result of discovering beats that I can vibe to.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your forthcoming project?
Ross Victory: Cali Cruisin’ was literally written with L.A. in mind and anyone who loves Los Angeles or called L.A. home.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?
Ross Victory: Due to COVID 19 and quarantine, I’m only able to do digital interviews and video interviews, but I would love to go on a radio promo tour one day.
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?
Ross Victory: That hasn’t happened yet! I’ve been writing more checks than receiving them. One day!
Getmybuzzup: What are must-haves when your in the studio working?
Ross Victory: Green apples. Green apples keep my voice and throat ready. Also, let’s be honest, it doesn’t hurt if there’s a wine cooler or weed around. Of course, it all depends on the mood and the vibe of the song.
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Ross Victory: Don’t take “no” personally.
Getmybuzzup: Name artist that you would love to work with?
Ross Victory: Ne-Yo, The Dream, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd would be the top artists and songwriters that I would love to work with. They have created some of the biggest hits in the past 10 years, and the songwriting process is a skillset, and I admire artists that write their songs.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Ross Victory: The beat catches my attention first. Some listeners listen to the words straight away, but I’m the type of listener that hears the beat and how the lyrics sound mixed in before I start to decipher the message and lyrical content.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)
Ross Victory: Performing. I am a better speaker and writer than a performer. Performing requires you to get into a different character and it’s hard for me to do that while also staying present.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Ross Victory: That’s difficult. I don’t have an all-time favorite, but I’d say my new song Cali Cruisin’ is up there.
Getmybuzzup: What was the last album you listened to?
Ross Victory: I am currently listening to Maleek Berry’s new album called Isolation Room.
Getmybuzzup: Your favorite artist of all time and why?
Ross Victory: I don’t have a favorite artist of all time. I think each artist contributes to the world in their own away. Michael Jackson has left a huge impact, but so has Sade. I tend to have favorite songs by artists instead of being a super fan of one particular person.
Getmybuzzup: Whose your fav five artists right now?
Ross Victory: Maleek Berry, WSTRN, Rotimi – I love the afrobeat and Nigerian pop sounds right now.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Ross Victory: Drake and Chris Brown because they’ve been consistent.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Ross Victory: I was raised on 90s R&B, Smooth soul, and smooth jazz – so that time period will always be my reference point. Unfortunately, a lot of pop songs are watered down and lyrics and melody aren’t as important as they used to be. The idea of “a singer” has been swapped out for “a sound,” but I suppose it is a sign of the times.
Getmybuzzup: Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?
Ross Victory: I think it would be great to play at the American Music Awards, but I prefer intimate sets.
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Ross Victory: Music will become a way for me to turn passion into paychecks. With those paychecks, I hope to inspire and educate through the books I write.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Ross Victory: Right now, my statistics on Spotify report that most of my listeners are the mid-20s to mid-30s. If that’s true, then it would be people who grew up during that 90s music period.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
Ross Victory: Lyrics and melody are important to me and my goal is to make my songs memorable. As an artist, I enjoy translating music into written words and written words into music. It challenges me to stay creative and adaptable to the format of the project without sacrificing the theme or feeling of the message I want to convey.
Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Ross Victory: I love to travel internationally, exploring and hiking through national parks, and checking out hidden gems that aren’t popular but have a ton of characters like restaurants in China town in L.A. or small breweries in Arts District.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
Ross Victory: DJ Khaled, Rodney Jerkins!
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Ross Victory: My biggest accomplishment so far is creating an Audiobook to my first book, Views from the Cockpit. The recording process, including the time to write and sing the bonus track, took 55 hours in the studio. That is the longest time I’ve ever spent reading.
Getmybuzzup: What is your dream venue to perform at?
Ross Victory: I was born in Inglewood, CA. I think it would be awesome one day to perform at the Forum or the new Rams stadium one day.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
Ross Victory: Call and response always work.
Getmybuzzup: What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?
Ross Victory: I am currently reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed. I read this many years ago in college, but I was motivated to read it again after the Black Lives Matter Protests.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your favorite sports team and why?
Ross Victory: I don’t follow sports. I’m more into art – galleries, travel, wine, and culture.
Getmybuzzup: Whose your favorite actor or actress and their best movie?
Ross Victory: Top of my list are Denzel Washington and Sean Penn. Training Day, 21 grams, and I am Sam.
Getmybuzzup: Name someone famous who inspires you and why?
Ross Victory: Barack Obama’s story from Hawaii to the White House really makes me believe anything is possible.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Ross Victory: I have about 8-10 completed songs. Look out for more music, more books, and hopefully more music videos. Cali Cruisin’ was the first music video I edited using my iPhone 11 and content from Storyblocks. I learned how to use Wondershare, so maybe even more self-produced video content.
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?
Ross Victory: My aim with being visible as an artist is to entertain, but also indirectly inspire people to embrace their full life stories. Nothing is promised, and there are so many painful moments, but I really believe the answer to all of our pain is to become the person who we needed most growing up.
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