Ryan Nealon - Ready to Love Again
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Ryan Nealon – Ready to Love Again

 

Ryan Nealon - Ready to Love Again
Ryan Nealon – Ready to Love Again

 

Artist: Ryan Nealon

 

Song Title: Ready to Love Again

 

Release Date: 28th February 2020

 

Genre: Pop

 

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Ryan Nealon, 25, is a singer/songwriter from San Diego, California, and is based in Los Angeles, California.

 

Nealon has received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for Ethnomusicology – Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Jazz Voice.

 

As an unsigned artist, Nealon has over 500,000 streams and over 10,000 followers on social media.

 

Along with media content, Nealon has booked countless successful shows at renowned venues across the United States such as Rockwood Music Hall in New York City and The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.

 

Nealon has also collaborated with several artists of notoriety such as Alisan Porter, Brooke Simpson, and India Carney from NBC’s “The Voice,” Noah Barlass, and Matt Bloyd from “The Four,” and has sung background vocals for artists such as Matoma.

 

Nealon has also been featured in several highly regarded music blogs such as The Prelude Press, Aesthetic Magazine, Unclear Magazine, and Digital Tour Bus, and has been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Daily Bruin, and The Los Angeles Times.

 

Nealon’s most recent commercial credits include singing Background Vocals on the Matoma tracks “Sunday Morning (featuring Josie Dunne),” which was released on November 9th, 2018 under Parlophone Records – a subsidiary of Warner Music and landing a placement in the Lifetime movie “Black Hearted Killer” with his song “Sleepwalking” (2020).

 

Nealon’s independent release “City,” recently passed over 130,000 streams and gained a mass amount of positive critical reception and press including a feature on Apple Music’s “Breaking Pop” playlist…

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Discuss your existence.

As an artist, I feel like I was put on this earth to create and to translate every experience I go through into my art. 

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State your favourite genre of music.

I really have a love for a vast number of genres, and I even dabbled a lot within other genres before I found my footing in pop.

 

In high school, I started out doing classical, which became jazz, R&B, and now pop.

 

For me, I’ve always resonated with Motown and Funk because that’s what I grew up listening to, and it always reminds me of home.

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Discuss your experience as a musician.

Well, I have not had it easy whatsoever. I started from humble beginnings—my mom who was a single mother passed away when I was young, then went to live with my aunt and uncle, and we were never financially “well off” I guess you could say, so I had to work a little extra hard than most to make opportunities for myself.

 

I went to a performing arts high school after I wanted to really focus on pursuing singing, then ended up going to UCLA for college.

 

After UCLA, I found my footing in the Los Angeles music scene, went through a load of years crippled with anxiety, stress, depression, and a whole lot of self-doubt, but it made me the person, singer, and songwriter I am today.

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State the theme of your song.

Self-love. I wanted to write something about the joys of being ready to open yourself up to loving someone after heartbreak.

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Name the people behind your success.

There are a lot of people to thank for this song. I’d like to thank my co-writer Jake Scott, my producer Zack Djurich, my pal Bret Paddock who played all the instruments on the track, and Stephanie Saias and Nick Warner who did the Music Video.

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State your future goals.

Now, I’m just riding this wave and seeing where it takes me.

 

I would absolutely love to go on tour next year once the Covid-19 scare starts to dissipate, I would love to work on a full-length album, and would hope to partner with a label for that release.

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Discuss how your music is inspiring your fans.

The biggest thing I want my fans to get from my music; is that you must love yourself no matter what. Trust that failure happens to set us on the right path whatever that might be.

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Discuss the transformations you have seen in the music industry.

The industry has become obsessed with social media, and that’s been a huge problem with artists, especially for their mental health.

 

I speak from experience by saying that it’s so easy to obsess over likes, views, and comments, and it almost takes the fun away from sharing your art with people. Really hoping that in the future people can focus more on the art and less on numbers.

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State your favourite artists.

I have so many that I could pick and choose, but I will pick only a few.

 

Some current artists that I absolutely adore are Maggie Rogers, Lianne La Havas, and HAIM—I love their writing, production, and attitude. I think they both put out amazing records and are such genuine people; it’s inspiring.

 

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is one of my favorite artists as well—he takes so many risks and really brings a dimension to music.

 

Lastly, Carole King and Stevie Wonder. Carole has been an inspiration for me ever since I was little—Tapestry was one of the albums my mom ever played on our rides to school and it’s very special to me.

 

Stevie was always someone I saw as a trailblazer, and his story was absolutely incredible, and it really made me realize that giving up is not an option.

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Tell us how you develop your lyrics.

I know each artist is different, but I really enjoy taking from my experience as a person. It’s hard for me to fabricate lyrics out of thin air with no correlation to my life, and I write from a very honest, heartfelt place.

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Tell us if you like collaborating with other artists or prefer working alone as a solo artist.

I love collaborating and I also love being a solo artist. I’m very versatile in that sense, and if an opportunity comes around where I can be in a group, I would love that!

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Brief us with your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them. 

I believe that music can make people dance but can also have a killer meaning behind it!

 

A song I heard the other day was “Dancing Next To Me” by Greyson Chance (who I love), and the song is so beautifully written and makes you want to dance as well. I would also say my song “Ready to Love Again” has the same vibe, but I’m a little biased (lol).

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Explain Copyright.

It’s so important for artists to register their work. I personally use BMI, but I know a lot of friends and people that I’m close to, use ASCAP and love it just the same. Don’t let anyone steal or try to credit themselves for your handwork—no one deserves that.

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Discuss the impact of a Performance Rights Organization.

They help you get paid! It’s awesome! We love money! But seriously, without BMI, ASCAP, or other PRO’s, we would be susceptible to getting screwed a lot more than we currently are.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

I usually start with a chord progression, then move on to find a melody, lyrics, then I move onto instrumentation which also includes arranging the track to fit the artist.

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Elaborate on the song.

For this track, we recorded using Pro-Tools, we used mostly electronic instruments, I did all the vocals, and we took a lot of inspiration from the 80s and very retro sounding instruments—especially the synths.

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Discuss your music performance.

I wanted to really emulate the happiness within the song through my performance and wanted the listeners to really believe me when I say that I’m Ready to Love Again.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

My artist’s name is my real name—Ryan Nealon (sorry for being lame).

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