It's always inspiring to learn the stories behind an artist's career - how they got into music, the struggles they faced throughout their career, the accomplishments they made, etc. The stories always vary in detail, but the theme never strays far from the fact that music is a way of life.

Los Angeles-based musician Nicholas Furlong, more widely recognized as RAS, highlights the power of this mentality in an exclusive interview, and he explains where it all started for him, some of his greatest accomplishments to date, and the most important lesson he's learned yet. Check out the interview below:

I started writing music, got into performing... and kept posting music online, when a music director from Midway Games reached out to me and was interested in me composing and writing music. I did a song on a videogame called NBA Ballers, and I remember opening the case and seeing my name in the credits thinking, 'I want to do this for the rest of my life.'

Throughout the interview, the talented producer, songwriter, and vocalist explains his rise to fame, from his initial collaboration with Diplo on "No Problem" from the Express Yourself EP, to his current streak in dance music working with Steve Aoki on "Singularity" and "Bring You To Life," and Avicii on "The Nights." His collaboration with Avicii has been his biggest success to date, as it reached #1 in the UK Singles chart, and went gold in the UK, Italy, and Australia.

With releases in the works with acts such as Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka, Krewella, and more, RAS is set to have an incredible year ahead.

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