Ray Mestad

Managing Editor - These Days

Location icon United States of America

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These Days
10/01/2018
The O'My's

The O'My's Break Through to 'Tomorrow'.

These Days
9/1/2018
Sen Morimoto

Sen Morimoto opens up on himself, his process, and what happens after a 'Cannonball!'

These Days
08/02/2018
Appleby In Pursuit of 'Happiness'

The change has arrived - raps to the side, Appleby sings now, a rhythmic, care-free melody elevating listeners immediately. The change brought joy, which brought Happiness, and now when you listen you can practically hear Appleby smiling ear to ear. With the helpful push of collaborator Elias Abid, Appleby found a style of his own.

These Days
07/19/2018
Inside the Circle of Teklife

We caught up with Teklife members DJ Spinn and Gant-Man in anticipation of their Red Bull performance. Red Bull Music Presents: Peak Time with Vivian Host featuring Teklife Live on redbullradio.com at the Promontory at 8pm.

These Days
07/13/2018
DRAMA

DRAMA is the undefinable duo here to move you.

These Days
6/1/2018
Ric Wilson

It's all coming together for Ric Wilson, the young Chicago rapper in the grips of a major glo-up. Much has happened in the 3 years since the release of his debut EP The Sun Was Out and now, with the release of BANBA ("Black Art Not Bad Art") May 18th, Ric is taking the next step forward.

These Days
Manwolves

Interview & cover story with Chicago band Manwolves

Thesedays
Stefan Ponce Looks To The Future

Stefan Ponce is always moving forward. The DJ, producer and father of two has developed a diversity of sound few can match and has an ear for hits of every variety. For those just getting familiar, Stefan has been integral to the Chicago hip-hop scene and what's been referred to as the renaissance since the scene's infancy. He’s not one to churn out music, lovingly producing every detail of his work. It’s that approach with which he’s building his new project titled The Boy Who Fell From Earth.

These Days
07/19/2018
YSB OG Shynes From The Darkness

YSB OG (formerly Kane Grocerys) of Young Shyne Boyz and Goth Money Records talks about family, and bringing positivity to rap music.

These Days
07/19/2018
'Care For Me' & Saba's Battle With Life In Grayscale

Released 12 days ago, Saba's has already taken on a larger than life stature in Chicago music. The project strikes a chord with its hyper-specific portrait of Saba's personal life. The picture isn't always pretty, but heartbreaking-ly honest and painfully beautiful. With the loss of his cousin John Walt, Saba felt the color drain from his life.

These Days
07/19/2018
The Alternate Reality of Phor

From Black Ink Chicago to "Chi-Town", Phor is one of the hardest working artists in Chicago.

These Days
07/19/2018
Appreciating Qari's Ascent Towards 'No Time To Explain'

Qari's importance in Chicago hip-hop is much like his music - understated, intuitive, and true to himself. The rapper with height and unruly hair has low-key presence and loud influence in the local scene. His pen never runs out of ink; Qari is as talented a writer as they come, and his ear for songwriting is only getting better.

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