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INTERVIEW: “The Launch” Contestant, Canadian Singer Ria

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

Thank you Vents for having me. I’ve been good. Been working on my music and the EP that’s coming out soon. Really excited to show you what’s in store.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I’m Good”?

My debut single, “I’m Good” is about dealing with negative friendships in your life. Once you let go of them you realize that you are better off without them. This song really hits me on a personal level because all my life I’ve had issues with friends not being there for me and supporting me. This song means a lot to me and hopefully my fans can relate to it as well.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I had a conversation with my producer about one specific friend. In late November I was having problems with my best friend. It was a very one-sided friendship. For the majority of the relationship I kept a lot of my feelings to myself and let her continue to treat me poorly. It started to have a big impact on me. From then on I realized I was better off without her. The song was written from there.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re doing visuals for the single.  Stay tuned.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process has been extremely fun and creative. We’ve spent a lot of time creating a theme for the EP. The songs are all related because they are things that I’ve been through and teenagers my age have also gone through on a daily basis – whether it’s mental health, friendships or dating relationships. My producer and I are very specific about what we want, and musically very similar in the melodies that we like and the way we interpret things, so it makes it really easy for me to record with him. I’ve learned to trust the process and go with the flow and not be too picky on certain things. Usually the first take or first idea is the best one because it’s your instinct and what you thought about first.

What role does Toronto play in your music?

Toronto plays a huge part in my music. I live and grew up in Toronto. Some of the singers I listen to like Daniel Caesar, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd are artists that have inspired me to pursue my craft. The studio I’m recording in is also in Toronto, as are my producer and engineer, so my musical experience is rooted there.

How did you go on balancing your R&B influences with the pop sensibilities?

I listen to a lot of artists that combined R&B with pop, so that really influenced me to make music with both of those genres combined. I also brought back the old school R&B and mixed it in with contemporary R&B. With the pop side, I still made it catchy with straight forward messages. There are two different vibes on the EP – there’s a sensitive side (R&B) and a fun side (pop) that can draw different moods out of you.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, you can expect new material. We’re currently working on my EP, there about 4 songs completed. It’s coming along really well and I’m really happy with what we’ve been working on. We are super excited to hear the final product and I can’t wait for you all to hear what’s coming.

How has Ariana Grande and SZA influenced your writing?

They’ve inspired me to express whatever I’m feeling deep down and not to worry about what people may think about it. Their music inspired me to showcase my voice in certain songs but to also make other songs really simple and catchy.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No, not as of yet. It’s a creative process and I’m sure a title or name will come in time. It’s going to be a title that means something to the project.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I’m going on a radio tour to promote the single, “I’m Good.” I’ll be going to stations in Toronto, Belleville, London, Ottawa, Montreal and Kitchener. I’m super excited to meet new people and talk about the single and my music.

What else is happening next in Ria’s world?

Expect a lot of new music and great live performances. I’m going to keep hustling and working hard.

You can listen to “I’m Good” 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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