EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Aly Ryan

Since making the move from Germany to pursue her dreams in LA at the age of 16, Aly Ryan’s musical career has been nothing short of remarkable. Those dreams of hers are definitely coming true, having been on tour, collaborated with the likes of Postmodern Jukebox, and being mentored by the iconic Babyface. She’s been writing her own original music, and is set to release her new single, “No Parachute” soon!

We discussed musical beginnings, collabs, and life on the road with Aly recently, we hope you enjoy!

1. How would you describe your musical style?

I love to write about things that come from the heart. Music is like a diary for me. I say all the things that I sometimes can’t say out loud. I think that’s the beauty of music.

2. Who are some artists who have inspired you musically?

I have been inspired by a lot of different artists. It’s very eclectic. There are a lot of German artists I’m really in love with that I don’t think anyone in the US would know. Annett Louisan and Herbert Grönemeyer are two of them. I also listened to a lot of ABBA growing up. Then, of course, I was influenced by what my parents listened to which included Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd.

3. When did you realize that you wanted to take your music to the next level, from a passion to a professional career?

I was really young when I realized that. The talent of singing was just kind of there and then being able to sing about the things I feel, is the most amazing feeling on the planet.

4. Last month, you and Postmodern Jukebox covered Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” with a throwback to the 50’s – what was your favorite part of that experience?

Playing with an incredibly talented band. The musicians are amazing, next level. It was such an honor making music with them.

5. You recently opened for Zane Carney – are there any other artists you’d like to open for and tour with?

I would love to open for Ed Sheeran. He would also be my number one choice for a collaboration. He’s incredible.

6. What is your favorite memory from your time opening for Zane?

The people. There were so many people and I loved performing for them. I really felt like they were getting lost in the music and that’s the best thing to experience as an artist.

7. Are there any things you do to get into your songwriting zone?

Yes, eat lots of chocolate?

8. After you made the move to LA, you reached out to Babyface, one of your musical idols, and he’s now become one of your mentors. How did you feel when you got a response from him?

I was really really grateful and happy. He told me that he’d never actually replied to an unsolicited Facebook message like that so I can call myself lucky.

9. What’s something you’ve learned from Babyface about being an artist in today’s music industry?

To be myself, not try to imitate or be something I think other people might want me to be or sound like. That uniqueness is great.

10. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

I love my fans and we are just getting started.  I can’t wait for the next couple of years of my life and all the new adventures ahead.

You can follow Aly Ryan’s journey on her official website or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Are you excited to hear more music from Aly Ryan? Let us know by tweeting us at @CelebMix!

Written by Kath Jiang

Western University grad, music lover, and pizza enthusiast from Toronto.

Email: katherine.jiang@live.ca
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