by Liz Tarnof
Entertainment and music writer, Informer Media Group
I had the pleasure of speaking with singer Ryan Aderrey at the recent event Sunset Sessions. Aderrey is a Florida native who’s single “A Miracle, My Love,” just hit No. 35 on the BillBoard Indicator Chart, right beneath Jennifer Lopez, is rearing to go. Impressed? I sure am. His first music video for his hit song has just been released.
Ryan sat down with me and discussed his music, what it meant to him, and his recent discovery of singing.
Liz Tarnof: I listened to a lot of your music on your website and was curious, who is the female featured in a lot of your songs?
Ryan Aderrey: Her name is Chloe. Chloe Dolandis. She’s from Boca Raton, Florida.
L: She’s someone you collaborate with?
R: Yeah! I use one producer, exclusively, and she’s just the [artist] that he always goes to. She’s really good
L: She is! So, tell me about some of your musical influences
R: I grew up listening to Jackson Brown, Bob Dylan and the Beatles, Santana and you know, a lot of the classics. And as I got older, I became a little more eclectic. I got into punk rock and even some hip hop. I love Lupe Fiasco, I also enjoy Eminem. So it’s a little bit of everything and I think you hear that in our songs.
L: When you say “our,” do you mean your band? Tell me a little bit more about who helps you with music and instruments and everything.
R: Well first of all, it’s a writing team put together. Most of it I write on my own, but a lot of times I’ll go to them and ask them to help me tighten it up, like can you give me an idea here or there. So when I say “ours,” it’s the band. I’m not doing it by myself.
L: So you’ll collaborate with them to help you write your songs.
R: Yeah, I’ll give the basic blueprint.
L: So in regards to music, do you like ever genre of music?
R: Yeah, for the most part. I love EDM, I really do. Like Krewella is my favorite.
L: When did you first start singing?
R: 3 years ago. Very recently. I was producing for about 10 [years], and I was in the presence of a vocal coach, one of the most famous vocal coaches down in Southern Miami. I was singing for fun and she said “If you work with me, I can mold you into something,” and I did. I went to her for like an hour every day for two years and I molded myself into what you hear today.
L: You never thought it would turn into something…
R: No, no. I played sports all my life. Music was not my main focus up until three years ago. I have to be honest, the politically correct answer is “it’s always been my love.” And to be honest, it hasn’t been up until now.
L: Well, people don’t always find that they have talent until later on in life. People’s voice also evolve. I was looking at your website and I know that you were recently performing at Lestat’s. Do you foresee a tour in the future?
R: Yeah, we are doing that right now. We’re going to play at the House of Blues in West Hollywood on Sunset Strip. We’ve been invited to play at the Gibson Guitar event in Las Vegas, so we’re going to the Hard Rock Café there. Fox 5 invited us to come down there and perform, so we have a bunch of different things going on in the West Coast. We don’t even go home until the 21st.
L: Oh my gosh, so you’re going to be on the road for a while!
R: Yeah, it’s our first tour. We’re loving it. We’re loving every minute.
L: So in regards to your music, which song do you feel strongly about? Or what is your favorite song?
R: I think I feel strongest about “Without Hope” because it’s a story about a really good friend of mine who grew up in a really bad household and I felt like I just needed to get the story out. It’s very personal and I really relate to and it’s also the song that people come up to us after shows and say “This song really helped me.”
L: So do you feel that it’s important to speak to your audience? Is it important to you to send out a certain message?
R: It is. At the end of the day, I want them to say “it’s nice to hear someone else has been through that too.” I don’t want them to say “oh I wish I had this or that,” you know…a house or a car, I don’t want them to say that. I want them to say “this is really nice, I can relate to this guy.”
L: So, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
R: I think with the way things are progressing, I think that we could be doing really big shows, in 5 years. I really do. If you asked me a year ago, when I was on the verge of giving it up, I would have said you were crazy but really, I really do think so. I mean, our single just hit number 35 on the billboard indicator chart.
L: I saw that, it’s amazing!
R: A year ago, I would have said naw, that’s never gonna happen. But it’s surreal, and it’s happening.
L: Are your songs on the local radio stations in Miami?
R: [They are] in Central Florida. We’re working on Southern Florida, it’s a really hard market to break into. We have a lot of stations here in California….Bakersfield, Santa Clara and San Francisco.
L: Are there any sort of bigger artists you would like to collaborate with?
R: Absolutely. Fallout Boy and Panic! At the Disco…I just love them. If Krewella wanted to do a remix of one of my songs I would be in seventh heaven. [laughs] So yeah, those three…I would love to do something with them.
L: Do you use a professional band for your songs, or synthesized music?
R: When we started out, I think we were strictly real instruments. And then, I got with this new producer who did every sound you hear on this album and he came up with a mixture of both and I really like it…so I think we’re about 50/50 now.
L: A good mix. Are your family and friends supportive of what you’re doing in regards to your musical career?
R: Yeah, even when I wanted to quit, they were like “don’t be stupid” and now that it’s actually happening, they’re really pumped up. I can feel it, and I kinda feed off of it. And yeah, they’ve always… they’ve never wavered. They’ve been great.
L: That’s awesome. So they’re supportive, that’s great. My last question is, if you could tell anything to your fans, what would it be?
R: We titled our album “What If” on purpose because I think, at the end of the day, we all have regrets…or like “the one that got away” or “I wish I did this better.” Our philosophy as a band in general is that we don’t believe in the word “mistakes.” [Mistakes] are more as lessons learned and unless you hate who you are this very second, everything you’ve done until now has made you who you are. So, there are no mistakes, they’re just, you know, there are negatives and there are positives and you learn from them and you grow. We named it “What If” because it’s very powerful. It’s a very powerful phrase and it’s just like don’t get down on yourself, you know, don’t kick yourself if things aren’t going your way. Keep your head up. “Without Hope”….that’s why I love that song… “4 days without food, 3 days without water, 2 minutes without air but not a second without hope.” No matter how bad it gets, just don’t give up.
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