Continuing to share a powerful and deeply important message, especially to the younger generation, via her debut single “Wasted”, Ally Ryan has earned herself a growing following across several social media platforms with fans on both sides of the Atlantic drawn to her feisty and funny personality, and her music that holds a lot of meaning. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with her to find out more about her musical influences and future release plans.
TITL: Who Is Ally Ryan?
Ally Ryan: Hah! I ask myself that every day! All I know is that I am a young, passionate and mighty stubborn artist who wakes up every-day and tries to navigate through this crazy life with as much poise and ease as possible. I am still learning and still growing every day.
TITL: When did you start making music?
AR: My first time in the studio was around the age of twelve! It was my first full fledge writing and recording session, and I became obsessed with the process from then on.
TITL: Who are and have been your favourite artists over the years?
AR: Eeek! Such a hard one! It’s impossible to choose just one, so a few of my favorites are Prince, Frankie Valli, Chris Martin and Bon Iver. I could go on…
TITL: Who inspires you to accomplish your musical dreams and ambitions?
AR: Other than my musical influences, my family and friends inspire me the most i think! Their constant love and support motivates me more than anything!
TITL: You also have a rather comical side to you and a great sense of humour. Where does that come from?
AR: I am an absolute goof to put it lightly. Even at a young age I was always willing to make a complete fool of myself if it meant getting a laugh out of someone. My parents are some of the funniest people I know, so that probably has a lot to do with it. My mom used to tell me not to take myself too seriously, and I think I took that advice and ran with it!
TITL: How has living in LA helped boost your career?
AR: Los Angeles as a whole has changed and inspired my music in so many ways. I went from writing sad ballads in New York City, to writing fun dance pop records in LA. The energy and the creativeness that flows through Los Angeles has definitely impacted me in a great way.
TITL: What is the meaning behind your debut single “Wasted”? What did you want the song to stand for when you recorded it?
“Wasted” is essentially about a love or relationship that is so intense that it becomes toxic. It’s easy to lose a part of yourself when in a relationship, and that’s kind of what this record touches on. The song was written by myself and some really talented writers as well as one of my favorite producers Andrew Underberg.
I wanted – and want – it to become somewhat of an anthem, especially for the younger generation. I think it’s important we realize how similar we are as humans and how similar our situations are that we go through.
TITL: Are there plans or an EP or album?
AR: There is!! We have no release date as of now, but it’s for sure on its way!