Photo credit: Clyde Munroe

INTERVIEW: Ryann

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

Hello! Thank you for having me! I’d say I’ve been very excited about the release mixed with every emotion you could be feeling during a global pandemic and upcoming election. You could even say my emotions are on rollerskates (ba-dum-chh). Yikes, I’m only capable of telling dad jokes.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rollerskates”?

Of all the songs on the EP, it’s definitely the one that I hold closest to my heart. I wrote it alone on my living room floor, trying as hard I could to get the weight of a breakup off my chest. It’s really about needing to find balance in my life, learning that it’s easier said than done, and accepting the fact that I need some serious time to figure it all out.

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

I guess being a little more specific, the song was written about the first breakup I’ve had that had more layers to it than just having a broken heart. I was angry at myself for letting go of something that on paper was perfect, confused as to why I couldn’t hold onto feelings that I honestly wanted to keep, and just starting to realize that I needed to figure out what made me happy instead of looking for that in someone else (welcome to my ted talk).

You recently released a video for “Rollerskates”, could please tell us about filming the video, concept?

In all the visuals for the “Emotions on Rollerskates” EP, Clyde Munroe and I tried to capture that inner child in everyone that never really goes away. In making the “Rollerskates” video, we both wanted to just have fun with it, as well as shone a spotlight on the kid in me that showed herself during almost all of the situations I wrote about in the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was really what you’d think. It was cathartic to sit down and word vomit my experience into something that felt honest and entirely me. I played the song for Andy Seltzer the day after I wrote it and he immediately turned it into something I could have never imagined – as he does with everything he works on. He was a huge piece in bringing the song to life and further told the story through the instrumentation.

With the great reception your music has been getting – do you feel any sort of pressure while putting a new material together or rather the opposite?

There’s always a bit of nervousness that comes with the territory of releasing art, and I always feel that to some extent, but right now I’m mostly feeling excited about releasing more and seeing where it all goes! I already have a handful of songs lined up that I can’t wait to share!

You’ve also gotten to collaborate with a large group of people – do you tend to take a different approach when working with someone else rather than working on your own?

I’ve spent two years strictly writing for other artists, learning how to listen to someone else’s story and help them, as best I can, turn it into a song. It was hard for me to find my own voice as I was primarily focused on other artists, but end up finding me while writing “JFK” with Sean Kennedy. I think the difference in approach is really just a matter of perspective: telling someone else’s story vs. my own. It’s usually easy to tell the difference, but every once in a while the lines do blur a little bit.

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

Yes! Not only do I have New material in the works, but I’m also working on acoustic versions of a few of the songs from my EP.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There might be 🙂

What aspect of relationships and your own personal life will you be exploring on this new material?

I’m really just the world’s worst hopeless romantic, so we’ll be hearing more about heartbreak, a bit about my anxiety, and maybe this time a love story with a positive twist.

What else is happening next in RYANN’ world?

I think I’ve covered a lot of it, but stay tuned for more performances via streaming, more music, and potentially merch in the form of crochet bucket hats (sounds like a joke but I’m being very serious).

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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