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A Tale Of Two EPs: An Interview With L.A. Singer-Songwriter Vin Ryan

Kevin Febryan -- better known by his stage name Vin Ryan -- is a singer, songwriter, and producer making moves in the L.A. music scene. His versatility as an artist is matched by his voracious output. After releasing 2 EP's and a music video this year, he's got more music in the works. Here, Vin talks about his influences, how he got his start, what it's like working with one of Katy Perry's producers, and more.

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Hey Vin! It’s nice to see that you’ve been recently playing the Los Angeles scene recently, how are you liking the city?

Cover Art Vin Ryan's "White" EP

Hey, what’s up! I love Los Angeles! It’s one of the greatest cities that I’ve been to. People are so talented over here. It’s both intimidating and exciting at the same time. But, I can’t wait to collaborate with more with the musicians here. Great vibes, tons of events going on, and the food is amazing!

Let’s start at the beginning. You were trained as a classical piano player in Indonesia, when did you realize you had a passion for singing and writing songs?

I have always been a big fan of writing. I actually started writing songs when I was in high school, but I never thought of it as a serious endeavor. It wasn’t until I reached college that I started learning how to produce music. I started producing my own demo and pitched it to different producers.

Fun fact: I don’t remember this story myself. But, my older sister recently told me that I wrote my own piano piece when I was 4. I started learning piano at 3. So, it couldn’t have been an amazing piece, but, technically, that was my first time writing my own song (I guess)!

As for singing, I’ve been doing it pretty much my whole life! I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing. It was also in between middle school to high school and I was like, hey I really want to know how to sing better. I started watching professional people sing and tried to mimic them. I would also practice singing in choir and groups. Singing in choir is really what made me love it even more. I wanted to be able to make music individually as well as a collective group. Now, I am able to do both!

When did you begin to explore the world of electronic music

It was a few years ago! My close friends, families, and everyone around me had got me to start listening to electronic music. I was not a big fan before. It started growing on me. At one point, I was like… this is it. I want to make this kind of music. Music that is catchy and can make people dance. It was a huge transition. I’m thankful for my classical music background because it helped to make a smooth transition. I realized that composing electronic music is not that much different than composing classical music. It’s all about about layers, melodic and harmonic lines. It’s great that I got to work with all these new instruments/sounds that I never worked with before. It really gave me an entire new part of the musical spectrum I did not even know existed before.

Who have been the producers and musicians you have collaborated with since you have come to the states?

Febryan Performing At The Mint In Los Angeles

I have collaborated with a number of producers and musicians. One of them is Scott Smith, who has worked with famous artists like Katy Perry, John Mayer, and Colbie Caillat. He produced my song “Arrow”, which I have a music video for! Another one is Patrick Perfetto who is an amazing DJ who has been performing in clubs all over the place! He mixed my song “Train of Thought”. I love working with these talented people and I’m looking forward to do more projects with them!

You have a number of big performances under your belt, but most recently you released two debut albums under the titles ‘White’ and ‘Blue’. What were the motivations and themes behind the records?

All the songs are based on my experiences and lessons that I’ve learned that I think can help other people in their journey of discovering themselves as a person. I believe in humanity and as an artist, that is what I am trying to convey through my work. However, the two albums are tailored towards different audiences. ‘Blue’ is more for electronic and EDM listeners. It’s very synth heavy and upbeat. It’s really the kind of thing that I’ve been into these past few years, while ’White’ is more of a pop/singer songwriter album, more for easy listening kind of audience. I realized that most people like one of the two. That’s why I want to reach out to broader audience by releasing these two different style albums.

Are there any recent artists that have been of great influence to you?

I have so many influences, including different influences for different elements in my music. Let’s say… in terms of vocals, I have always loved Freddie Mercury. He’s a true inspiration. In terms of electronic music, I listen to Zedd, Avicii, Hardwell, and many other EDM DJs. I recently also started liking Clean Bandit as a group. Their mix of electronic and classical is really intriguing! Would love to collaborate with them. I could go on and on, but these are the major influences right now.

What are your plans for the future? More releases? Shows?

I’m currently writing my next album now. And yes, also I’ve got more shows coming up soon! Please stay tuned to my Facebook and Instagram to keep updated with my upcoming events! I can’t wait to share more with you guys!

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