RGM Introducing – Ryan Soanes

Hiya Ryan thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

“I’ve got my Capri-Sun, I’m ready to go, thanks for the opportunity”

Q:What made you decide to become an artist?

A:  Before I wrote my own music I was a big fan of going to gigs and listening to bands, I got my influence initially from a band called Crown The Empire, I found their music was an escape from reality and helped me through tough times and since then I wanted to carry that influence forward and do the same for others.

Q: What have you been doing during lock down?

A: I’ve been getting busy with the new album of course but other than that I have been watching a lot of UFC and playing lots of rocket league.

I also work as a Bakery Manager in a supermarket so that has been keeping me busy too.

Q: How has it effected your mental health?

A: Everyone’s mental health has taken a hit during the pandemic in some way but compared to others I have been quite content, I’ve managed to keep myself busy and focus on what I love, I encourage anyone else who is struggling with their health to get busy doing what they love and surround themselves in positivity.

Q: How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit?

A: Honestly I think that it’s a very strange and tough time for the economy right now which carries tough decisions and losses so there is going to be some controversy that follows, due to the government guidelines around social distancing it’s been impossible to open venues again for live entertainment which has had a devastating effect on the venues and the artists that make profits from touring etc.

However mid next year I think the circuit will begin to recover and in turn we will all appreciate going to shows that little bit more than before.

Q: What is the unsigned scene in Norwich like at the minute?

A: There is always talent around Norwich and Norfolk as a whole, I am surprised we haven’t seen any new emerging talent break through from Norwich already the last year or so, hopefully I will be the next to succeed.

Q: What good bands are coming out of Norwich at the minute? 

A: There are so many but I’m a big fan of what these guys are doing at the moment:

 – Telling Truths 

– Riddle

 – Vapour

 – Youth Killed It

 – Archives

Q: What’s your favourite song right now from another band?

A: Against The Current – Roses, this song has some amazing synth sounds in it, great melodies and vocal delivery and also it’s uplifting to listen to.

Q: What support is out there for new artists in Norwich ?

A: Our local BBC Introducing team is excellent on giving opportunities to smaller local artists, the smaller local radio stations such as “Future Radio” play a big part in this scene, there are lots of venues that support smaller bands also.

Q: Who is inspiring you at the minute?

A: Against The Current are a huge influence on what I do at the moment as well as bands such as OneOkRock and Machine Gun Kelly’s new music, I like that they have influences of typical pop punk / rock but they are also super commercialised and have elements that make them stand out from the crowd.

Q: What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

A: I can dad dance like nothing else you have ever seen!!! (Give me a few beers and il prove it).

Q: What was the most fun you have had on stage?

A: I’m always in my element when I’m on stage performing but the last headliner I played was super fun, everyone got drunk and had a great time with us so that was amazing to be a part of.

Q: What was the worst experience on stage?

A: Before I started to gain a following and before I was even good at singing, an old band I was in played a show to about 5 people (not including band members), it wasn’t as fun as I feed off the crowd for energy and it felt a bit awkward jumping around to an empty hall, I guess you have to treat every show like a stadium sell out though haha.

Q: Tell us a funny story from backstage?

A: After one show I and the majority of the other people backstage somehow got onto singing the “Phineas & Ferb” title track, it was a literal masterpiece, we got judged hard but we found it pretty funny.

Q: Who would you like to work with on the circuit right now?

A: It would be a dream come true to tour with bands such as Waterparks and Against The Current but if I had to pick someone of a similar size to me I would love to tour with an Irish band called “The City & Us” as we make similar music.

Q: What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

A: If you want to succeed be prepared to put all of your time and money into it, quality sells and that is shown through hard work and dedication as well as high quality music videos and studio quality audio, don’t forget the marketing too, also remember to be a good person, people will be more willing to help you or become a fan if they admire you personally.

Q: Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

A: The fact I can’t release any of my new songs until the album release date, I just want to show everyone what all the anticipation is about.

Q: I hear you have a new album brewing, what can you tell us about it?

A: My debut album “The Journey” is scheduled to come out on March 8th 2021, it will feature 11 diverse tracks that range between Pop, Pop Rock and Emo.

I will be donating all profits from pre order sales to mental health organisations as well as some of my own money, mental health is a big focal point on everything I do and I felt it was important to prioritise this on the release… inside the album, there will be a booklet page dedicated to this cause and will credit organisations that stand for this also.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

A: We have been in a tough spot with everything surrounding Corona-Virus so I just want you all to know the importance of what music can do for you if you’re struggling, put on an album from your favourite artist or listen to songs that you can relate to, put in your headphones and forget reality for an hour, let your mind embrace the moment, thanks for taking the time to read my interview, be happy and stay safe! Thanks to the guys at RGM for allowing me to talk about my music also!