We’re really excited to talk to you about this next featured artist, he’s a young up and comer hailing from Canberra who might be our number one pick of ‘artist to watch’ this year. Please let us introduce to you Ryan Fennis.
Ryan was first brought to our attention after the release of his recent Ep entitled ‘Waste‘. This is actually his debut EP showing a great snapshot of his vision and influences. It’s hard to describe his sound as a whole, as it’s quite different from what a lot of people are doing ( which is actually refreshing ). It’s unique enough that it feels like a different approach, but it doesn’t go overboard either, It’s not so unique that it lands up an eclectic piece that only a few will get. We can still see Ryan and his music having commercial appeal, but hey, you don’t have to listen to our muddled thoughts and writing, head over to his Soundcloud and check it out for yourself.
We, of course, wanted to get to know Ryan a little better, so here are some quick-fire questions we threw at him earlier in there week. Enjoy the mixtape here and track-listing will be below the Q&A.
What have you went for & how have you chosen to use your 30 mins in this mix? I think the mix is a good reflection on the stuff I like, and what inspired the EP I recently released.
How long have you been doing what you do? I’ve been playing instruments since early primary school, at the time I was playing piano and percussion in the school band. It wasn’t until year 5 when my parents bought the family a guitar, I started to really get into music. In year 9 I started listening to a lot more production based songs that I found on YouTube and I was like “oh wow people are producing as their careers, that’s so cool”. So I downloaded FL Studio and put all my focus into it and tried to learn as much as possible. I started singing only recently, I used to be too nervous to but I got a lot of encouragement from my friends and I wanted to put myself outside of my comfort zone.
What swung you into electronic music? Using garage band during music class in school. My older brother was quite into electronic when I was growing up too. Also just browsing YouTube.
How do you best describe your sound? I don’t really know what to call it, it’s a blend of all my favourite genres. There’s influence from 80s synth pop, disco, bossa nova, soul, and rnb. Traditional Chinese and Indian music also play a part in what I make.
What’s the game plan for the new 2018? To explore as many different kinds of music as possible, and just make as many things as possible (photos, videos, and music).
What about new reeases, anything in the pipe? I have a new song coming out soon and it’s coming along with a photo series and video that I shot!
The whole Aussie scene is growing by the min, so many gems out there now. So, if you could pick any other Aussie to collab within 18, who would it be? Arno Faraji. We’ve been talking about a collab but we’ve never gotten around to it haha. Hopefully, it happens soon though.
& what about one hot tip, one act you think is about to pop & will be the next big thing? It’s hard to tell, especially because I don’t really pay attention to what’s going on. But Genesis Owusu, Arno Faraji, and Sakidasumi are all super talented at what they do.
Lastly, hope this is not too personal, but if you had to pick one, avo’s or mangoes for rest of your life where would your allegiance lay? Both are yummy but I use avocados for a lot more things, so I’m going with avocado. Really into clementine mandarins at the moment as well. I did a taste test to find out which mandarins I liked most and clementine came out on top.
Ryan Fennis – My Favourite
Rupa – Moja Bhari Moja
Ryan Fennis – Closer
Paul Hardcastle – Rain Forest
Ryan Fennis – Night
Yukihiro Takahashi – Extra-Ordinary
Blue Magic – See Through
Ryan Fennis – Waste
Blackparty – Swang My Way