He’s the local lad who went from beloved Gold Coast busker performing at our annual Buskers by the Creek event and as of just last week, Ryan has released his first single, fittingly titled By the Water.
We sat down for a chat with Ryan about how his transition from busker to pro came about and where we can catch the grungy blues musician live.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I have been a local for about twelve years now so I guess I’m pretty much a full-blown Gold Coaster!
What do you love most about living here?
I love having the beach always by my side and the explosion of new artists, musicians and restaurants emerging. I also love the amazing people and of course, our beautiful weather.
Tell us about your transition from busker to full-time musician…
As a busker, you’re right there at eye level with your audience and you really have to make yourself a bit vulnerable, giving your audience a piece of yourself that they take with them. It’s the first step of performing in front of people you’ve never met and experiencing the feeling of being the spotlight. The natural progression was to take my performance to the stage in pubs and clubs. Fortunately for me, I was spotted at Buskers by the Creek in 2018 by founder Cindy Jensen and the platform she offers through her festival allowed me to show my talents to a bigger audience and further progress my career with the guidance of the team.
You recently released your debut single, how did that feel?
Yes I’m thrilled to announce that I recently released my debut single By the Water, available on all platforms. It was honestly the highlight of my year. I have a great sense of accomplishment and now have even more drive and motivation to stack my next song! I love recording – it really allows you to refine and find your song’s true potential. Adding string accompaniment was the perfect touch to rounding out the song. I’m thankful to Scotty French at Love St Studios for his amazing work and Paul Blakey for the mastering. After years of rearranging it over and over in my mind, it’s amazing to be able to hear the final product and know it’s mine.
What’s the vibe of your sound?
I think Cindy describes it best: “A tasty cocktail infused with rustic grunge, blues and roots, classically-inspired alternative folk garnished with a little bit of hip hop.”
From where do you get inspiration for your music?
The first track came together after one of my visits alone to Currumbin Creek – the same spot where I always went to play and vent and reconnect with my cheapest counsellor; my six-string Maton. This time the reflection of my love for the mother of my three amazing children came to the surface. By the Water is a song of reflection and acceptance and I find inspiration for my music in positive feelings that encourage personal growth.
Is there anywhere we can catch you live on the Gold Coast?
You can definitely catch me at this year’s Buskers by the Creek, held on the 18th to 20th of October at Currumbin Creek! I’ll be on the main stage so make sure you come along. I’m also heading on tour in Sydney so that’s very exciting. Check out my other gig dates on my Facebook page.
What’s the plan for the rest of 2019?
Plan for the rest of the year is to travel and gig as much as possible. I’ll also be preparing for the By the Water film clip at the start of 2020 as well as the highly anticipated five track EP album.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Cafe for breakfast: Beach Shack Currumbin. On the beach, great food, happy, friendly staff and coffee all day long. What more could you want?
Coffee spot: Dust Temple Currumbin – a beautiful industrial-styled warehouse hosting art shows, poetry slams and performances by yours truly. Little Lido across from Tugun Bowls Club also does a mean coffee.
Restaurant for dinner: Anywhere with a good steak meal.
How does your weekend usually look: My weekend usually consists of driving a few hundred kilometres, playing at least four gigs and spending as much time as I can with my beautiful family.