• About A Band: Ryn Weaver

    Even if you don't know Ryn Weaver by name yet, chances are you've already heard her powerhouse debut single "OctaHate," a song that took the internet by storm last summer. Now, nearly a year after her single first dropped, the singer-songwriter is releasing her debut LP The Fool to a flurry of good press—but if you thought releasing an album after the insane hype of "OctaHate" would put pressure on Ryn, you'd have to think again. "That’s a really sassy, cheeky song, and I have so many layers to show that I’m not worried about trying to imitate the buzz of it," she tells us over the phone from her hotel room in London. "I don’t want people to only like one song and think everything after that is a tragedy. I want people to appreciate every song for what it is, so I tried not to let the success of 'OctaHate' scare me," she continues. "Once you get an idea like that in your head, you can start spiraling.”

    And Ryn has far from spiraled. With a now-finished album under her belt and a full tour coming up this summer, the Californian is thrilled to bring her music to the masses for the first time. ("It's a real tour! Finally!" she gushes to us at one point.) Before her first sold-out London show earlier this month, we caught up with the musician to discuss her supportive fan base, what it's like to be on the road for the first time, and the everlasting sassiness of Virginia Woolf.

    How has London been so far? Is this your first time performing overseas?
    I’ve been here before to meet some people at Vevo, but I was only here for, like, 47 hours, and then most of it was spent sleeping [laughs]. But this is definitely my first show here.

    Have you been able to do anything cool while you’ve been in London?
    No, unfortunately. I haven’t had any time—I wish. That’s my next priority, unfortunately. I head out to France right after this, and I want to go out tonight, but at the same time, I’m... [sighs]. I’m working, you know?

    It must be so tough—you want to see all the places you're playing, but you also need to maintain your energy for the entire tour. Are you usually a big partier?
    I love to party! When it reaches a certain point in the night I feel like I can’t not do that, but for the most part, I’m just in my hotel room. I wish it was more exciting, but any spare moment I have to reboot… it’s really valuable time. In the beginning, you’re like, “Oh, going out isn't a big deal,” but then it catches up to you. I think the only way that the old rock stars were able to do both was that they had copious amounts of drugs [laughs]. It’s very hard to do this life without sleeping double the average person.

    Are you feeling nervous at all for any of these shows?
    I actually don’t get nervous for shows! I get nervous right before it starts. I’ll be chill the whole day and then the second I walk into the room and someone tells me it’ll be five minutes, my stomach flips. Like, “Whoaaa... I kind of want to go home." I always buck up and I play and I love it every time, but it’s a definite rollercoaster for me.

    You’ve been playing a lot of festivals, too. Do you get more intimidated by the audience size?
    No, the more people the better! What’s scary to me is going into a room and feeling like, "Are there a lot of people here? I can’t tell." There was something like 7,000 to 8,000 people at my Coachella show, and that was the best feeling I’ve had in a while. You’re just looking out and people are pretending to know the lyrics to songs that aren’t out yet and by the second chorus, they’re really singing along. It’s just like, “Wow, this is amazing.” For me, I’m more scared of playing a small room than a big one; it’s so much more intimate and sometimes in those small rooms you see every single face. I saw a lot of faces at Coachella since it was a day show, but there are just so many faces to focus on that you can keep looking around.

    Speaking of that many people, you have a ton of followers on social media now. What’s that like?
    It’s been surprising to have all of the support but it’s also been so nice. I pride myself on a lack of artifice. I actually think it’s easier to curate your image and to really plan out all the things you’re going to say. It’s like a game and it’s a very calculated game. The kind of person that plays it isn't the kind of person that I am. I’m writing what I feel and I’m a hothead and say what I want; sometimes it bites me in the ass and sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s just a part of who I am. If I were to pretend to be anything else, it would drive me insane. But I don’t like feeling false and all of my fans seem to love that! We have a lot of fun. Sometimes I go on Periscope drunk and we all just talk after a big night out. I have a lot of fun with them. I like knowing their stories. I’ve gotten to know a lot of interesting, beautiful people.

    We love your presence on Twitter.
    Yeah, I love talking to [the fans]! You’re nothing without them. Or maybe you are, but they’re the ones who care and they’re going to follow you through your journey and hopefully learn something along the way while you’re also learning. I’m just thankful to have so many supporters.

    There’s been so much positive buzz around the album. Does knowing it's about to land in the hands of thousands of listeners make you more nervous than, say, stepping onstage at a very intimate venue?
    I feel nervous. It’s like a baby: I was ready to throw it out there the day I finished it, but I had to spend time waiting due to pre-orders and all that stuff. It makes it easier for the label and the people working on this project to promote it, but the longer you wait, the more it’s precious. I’m just ready to get it out there and start working on another album. I get nervous in general because I’m a perfectionist—I can’t listen to it, if I listen over and over again, I’m going to think of things that I would tweak. I just gotta let it live.

    Is there anyone you reach out to outside of your music circle for opinions?
    Oh yeah, of course! I have a few friends that I trust with my life and my career choices. Mostly it is people in my music circle, though, because they’re better versed in it. All of my friends are like, “This is the best thing I’ve ever heard!” And then I ask them for specific notes and they’re just so friendly and so proud of me [laughs]. It’d probably be easier to ask a stranger because they don’t feel proud.

    That’s nice to have that kind of support!
    Yeah, I’m like, “I want you to be mean—be mean to me, tell me what I should change!"

    We love the strings version of “Pierre” that you did with Vevo. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
    It was something fun, something to get some more content out there. We put it together in, like, two days, and we just wanted to give people something to chew on. The album version is soaring synths, the same sound as the other songs, and this version was something different. It might be one of my favorite songs on the record.

    Once you really hit the road, what’s one thing you’re going to make sure to bring on tour?
    iPhone, obviously. I’ve been recently downloading books onto my phone and onto my iPad. It’s changed my life. I used to bring multiple books and then I’d get all stressed out, because I’d be like, “Well, I need room for clothes!” I’m obsessed with my iPad. You can download a book and leave notes, and if there’s a word you don’t know, you click it and it defines it. It streamlines the process of reading and I love it so much.

    What are some books you've been reading recently?
    Right now I’m finishing up Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. It’s really fun. I just read The Paris Wife [by Paula McLain] a little bit ago, which I actually recommend to anyone who likes Hemingway. It’s like a historical fiction about his first wife. The woman who wrote the book did so much research on her and their relationship. It’s about him as he’s coming into fame, being a womanizer, and it’s the development of their relationship. It was heartbreaking. Oh, also anything by Virginia Woolf. She’s such a sassy diva. God damn, I love her so much. Whenever I’m feeling extra feisty I pull out some Virginia.

    Besides your love of books and sassy divas like Virginia Woolf, what's the one thing you want people to know about you?
    Listen to my music [laughs]! I’m so excited. I just want it to be out there. I’m so ready and I just want to keep going. I wanna drop, like, two records next year and just be like, “BOOM! Bye!” Just drop them with no plans. Leak them. I want my music to be out there and I want people to hear more. For me, the fun is making things and letting people hear them.

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