INTERVIEW: Ryan Saunders

Hi Ryan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great. Super busy, just got back from New York.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Pavement”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Sure, The Pavement was written more out of necessity than anything.

I got into some trouble and had to go away for a bit. When you’re in that situation you kind of find out who your real friends are. If they take any time to talk to you or write you or come and see you. You also hear of things that are going on back home that you have absolutely no control over. This song touches on that.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I would love to do one but it might have to wait a while. I’m already working on my next album and seeing as how the first album was self-financed it might have to be revisited.

The single comes off your new album Giving Up The Ghost – what’s the story behind the title?

Giving Up The Ghost. I’ve been intrigued by that title for about five years. I think the original meaning is, ” to have never been born” but that’s not why I chose it. It’s just such a broad statement. People can read into it so many ways. My favorite, and in relation to this album, the idea of new beginnings. Giving up what is dead to you.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording went really well. The writing however, was not as easy. Some of the songs are pretty old and about half of them I wrote right after coming out of the darkest part of my life.

What adversities influenced the songs on this record?

In general, my life. A lot of it came from rebirth via incarceration. Some of it came from growing up with drug addict parents and a father in prison. And a huge part towards the end came from my mother’s suicide.

How has music music helped you in your life?

Music brought me out of it. It literally saved my life. It gave me something to focus on and be inspired by. while at the same time it helped me realize I was not alone. That there were other people who understood and might have even gone through the same things. People like Ben Harper and Jeff Buckley to name a few.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would love to do a full tour and I’m looking into sharing the road soon with Randall Shreve, a great musician from Arkansas. Until then I’ll just have to do sporadic shows like the one last week in New York and next month in Kansas City.

What else is happening next in Ryan Sauders’ world?

Next up is a concept album of sorts. Living for so long in Arkansas I’ve soaked up a lot of the roots of the South. A lot of folk, Americana and bluegrass. While at the same time my heart is far away in a less traditional place. So I’ve decided to do a split record. 6 or 7 dark folky tunes on one side and 6 or 7 more indie, maybe even electronic songs on the other. The concept idea is, the folky Tunes are past/present and the less traditional are present/future.

Listen here.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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