We had the good fortune of connecting with Roy Rutto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roy, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“You create your fate through faith”. This quote or affirmation is my favorite for many reasons. The authenticity and confidence behind it is what grabs me. I actually came up with it myself out of the blue just star gazing. And as a creative, there’s a special type of peace I feel whenever I reaffirm it to myself. The quote’s content is universal to everyone in my opinion. Faith is basically believing. Every human being puts some sort of faith into every action and reaction they might chose to take or act on. Whatever you place your belief in, that very thought or construct will manifest itself in the physical depending on the strength and health of your ambition. See we’re living in times right now where everything is really uncertain; the most important element that we can tap into is our optimism. I know it might sound like a naïve catch phrase out of Alice in Wonderland or some Disney Christmas movie but its the simplicity of this affirmation that makes it so complex and impactful to me. The spiritual energy of your belief or faith could be fueled by either positivity or negativity. We get to chose that much our fate and to me, that’s where it all starts and/or ends.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Coming from a 3rd world country still with traditional ways of life, my brand and story is based around the story of grass to grace. To get where I’m at today professionally took patience, faith, and a fiery ambition that burns like the Arizona sun. As an artist that focuses heavily on the longevity of the game, it was not easy taking the road less traveled. Cutting corners to get that instant gratification was the biggest temptation to fight both creatively and personally. But man…I’m proud of the stubborn, enthusiastic dreamer inside of me. Even though I’m a social butterfly, I spent a lot of time with myself to overcome this and many other challenges. Took day in and day out to master my self awareness which I’m still learning even as I write this. That might be my biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way; to just stay humble, trust myself, and chose wisely the energy that I put out to the world. I’m just here to make art that’ll outlive roaches and racism.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Its hard to find a new favorite when you’re not a native of the area. But in the Valley I’ve found a lot more to like than I expected and I still haven’t really gone out to explore too much of it . My number 1 recommendation in my time here is Sedona or anywhere up north. There’s almost everything to do up there from the outdoors to indoor hangout spots. If you’re feeling the city life, I’m blessed to have good friends and fellow creatives like Austan Found and James Grantham in the area who host a bunch of live events and open mics at different restaurants and bars. Now I’d definitely put them on to the best vegan pastries in the world from Sugar Loaf Lane Bakery served at local tea/coffee shops like Soho and Peixoto Coffee. As far as exciting places, Downtown Phoenix has a dope night life and exciting artistry. I’m still fairly new in the Valley life so maybe I’ll have more for my visitor(s) as we get lost exploring it more.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Truthfully, no one really actually does it all by themselves. You get a lot done alone but you get further together. And luckily, I’ve been blessed to have family, friends, and community members that have elevated me and believed in my vision when it felt like I was just talking to the crickets in the room. Shoutout to God and the homie Jesus for keeping me grounded in a steep field/industry and continuing to do so while setting me apart from the rest of the flock. Shoutout to my nuclear & extended family for the support and unconditional love. Shoutout to my mentor, uncle and spiritual father, Thomas Richburg for everything; I can’t begin to count and finish. From wisdom to a new found love, I wouldn’t be where I’m at without this great man. Shoutout to my vice captain, my cousin, brother and best friend; Stan the Man. When almost all my friends & even family doubted me, my man never took his hands off my shoulder. Shoutout to my creative collective; Tony Tone, A-Dawg, D. Rich, The Andy Chavez and Alex Singh. Most importantly; shoutout to life, period. Before I create any song or body of work, I always refer back to my own life. I could break it down to every event that molded and remolded me but that’s what my music is for, its all in there. Now this story is nothing without the support of my brothers and partners in crime; Castelo, Salvary, D.D, Beau and his family, Momo, 12Gage, Havili, Mando Mando, K-Dawg, Dom, Vinny, and a few more I’m just forgetting but know themselves well enough. Love and appreciation to all of you!
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