Hey Friends, I know it's been awhile since I have posted and even longer since I've done an interview with anyone but you know life is busy. We all say that I know. I just had to post my friends New Single because I love it so much! I hope you feel the same way. I had the privilege of meeting Ryne when he was in town touring. He actually stayed at our house and immediately liked him. Other than Hella talented ...He is one of the most kind, thoughtful, jazzed about life dudes you will ever meet and I'm proud/lucky to be his friend. The dude has never met a stranger.
Hope you Enjoy this interview along with song!
Ryne Norman @rynorman
Where have you spent majority of your life? are you there now? If no where do you live now?
I spent the majority of my life in the suburbs of Phoenix. Growing up in phoenix though, everything is kind of a suburb. Although I’m glad I don’t live in the desert anymore, theres a part of me thats proud to be from the southwest & I think I always will be a proud Arizona kid.
I currently now reside in good ole’ music city. Nashville, Tennessee.
How long have you been writing/ creating music?
When I was a little kid I started a band with my cousins where I basically just hit the play button on pre-recorded loops of a Cassio piano. We all thought that was cool, but me especially. So I dove into it a bit more and started exploring sounds that I could make myself. Then my dad gave me his guitar when I was around 11, he taught me a few chords, and I would lock myself in my room for hours on end practicing & trying new sounds & melodies. I wrote my first song when I was learning how to play the guitar.
They both kind of came to me at the same time, & I loved it. Since then, it has just been a bunch of learning & growing up. So in short, haha I guess since I was about 11, so 14+ years.
First song you remember hearing. That song that takes you back to a childhood memory ///
Two Princes by Spin Doctors.
I still guiltily love that song today, but thats the first song I can ever remember hearing & loving. My parents even have a video of me dancing to it as a little guy.
“If you like to talk for hours… just go ahead now”
What is your all time favorite song ///
With or Without You - U2 (re-wrote this at least 10 times with different answers FYI)
Have to ask... what is your least favorite song ever?
Probably Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
What inspired Stranger Things ///
Realizing you’re falling in love when its the last thing you’re looking for can be a strange phenomenon sometimes. It definitelly was for me when I first met my wife. This song is inspired by a combination of the energy from how we met, what drew me to her, & the emotions that kind of stirred in me from then on out. Its a power ballad about simply finding love where you least expected it & how amazingly strange it truly can be. (Unfortunately, there was no ties or inspiration from the show at all haha)
If you could pick out any musicians to make up your dream band who would they be? Be honest and don't name your friends Ha! ///
Anderson .Paak - drums, Pino Palladino - bass, Blake Mills - guitar, & Cory Henry - keys.
The dream team.
Honestly though, I’d probably just let .Paak sing & I’d sit back, watch & listen.
If you were trying to describe your sound to a stranger what would you say?
If Ryan Adams, Dawes, & the 1975 all got drunk, started a band together, & accidentally all signed a 5 album recording deal. I’m the 3rd album they’d make when they all kind of stopped hating each other for getting drunk & signing the record deal & then kind of start finding their niche.
Hahaha but all this aside, I truly do long to create my own recognizable sound, that people might one day make a reference back to me.
Best time and place to listen to Stranger Things?
Definitely on a Friday night, in the spring or fall when its not too cold outside yet but its just cool enough to need a light layer.
After you’ve had a few cocktails, in the back seat of your Uber. Windows down, while driving on busy, bright, lively downtown streets.
(okay fine, in Manhattan obviously).
Who is your audience?
My audience, I hope, are people who desire to be inspired & filled up more than just another distraction on the radio. Music lovers & other creatives who enjoy creativity and value great songwriting & producing over notoriety & accessibility.
Where can we see you play next?
I’m currently working on a tour for early next year once my album is out, so stay tuned for that. I will be playing a CD release show in Nashville sometime in early December, late November. The date is TBA, but you can check my website or socials for all tour/show announcements.
Ryne Norman // firstname.lastname@example.org