Ryki has previously released top quality singles such as Time, but she has really made her mark performing alongside acts such as Aewon Wolf and Timo ODV. Now she’s released her first self-titled EP! Here’s all you need to know about her new EP, her journey in the music industry thus far and overall just her pure love for music:
- How does it compare recording with other musicians and recording solo?
I think I’ve always been writing alone so being alone in the studio and being thrown into the studio alone isn’t that much of a challenge anymore. I think it was Grade 10 where I was thrown into a studio because I had some good contacts. I really enjoy writing and singing on my own but I really like the music that comes out with collaborations, I really like collaborations. I feel like the only difference is that it’s mixing two sounds and two styles. I haven’t really had any challenges regarding working together and working alone. Both are fun and both really allow myself to express myself.
2. How was it like working with Timo ODV on the track Make You Love?
Timo ODV had already written my part for Make You Love but it was weird because he’s writing for a situation that he went through. So, you have to tap into what he’s feeling. It’s something that comes with making music. It wasn’t difficult singing with his writing style and it was really chilled. I just came into studio and recorded it. Collaborations are about different people coming together that have experienced different things and they write differently but the one thing they have in common is music. I don’t find collaborations difficult because we all have one aim. Music brings people together.
3. In the beginning you very much associated yourself with Pop, do you think that that has changed throughout the years?
I never wanted to stick to Pop but whatever I make, it’s never like ‘Okay, this is how it’s going to sound.’ I never want to limit myself to one style or one genre. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I like collaborations. In the beginning it was a bit Pop but I think I’m always going to have a Pop mainstream element in my music but I want to influence it through Hip Hop, House or something underground. I want my music to be completely fresh and new.
4. You started off attributing Amy Winehouse as one of your influences. Did you have any particular influences with this EP?
It’s always a tough question when someone asks me who my influences were and as well as what my inspirations were. Usually it’s pure honest and real at the moment. I try not to compare myself to different acts or try to be like this or that. Mainly for the reason that whatever comes out here is never always going to come in a natural flow. I’m trying to dig it out of inside of me. I wouldn’t say it influences me I would just say that it makes me like the genre more and want to add something to it. A lot of local Hip Hop artists have made me like the elements of the genre more. Amy Winehouse influenced my vocal sound. I wanted that unique vocal tone. As a kid I tried to mimic that tone but now I’ve toned it down and now it’s completely natural.
5. How has it been like working with Universal Studios?
I’ve been working for Universal for nearly two years now. The past year it’s been more serious. I was signed on my 18th birthday. I asked a lot of people with Universal about how the record label was treating them and they all had good things to say. I also just felt in my soul that it was a good decision. They put me in studio and just told me to make music, to make what I wanted to make. So, there’s a lot of freedom. They’ve never forced me to do anything and there were times when they tell me they don’t like a song but that I can release it if I want to. They’ll say stuff like that but I’ve learnt that music isn’t science. The label does the thinking part and you do the artist part.
6. What is something you’ve learnt in this industry, apart from the music aspect?
I had to learn a few things like what to do and what not to do in certain situations. Like, even in the workplace. I had no experience in the workplace or the office so I had to learn a whole lot regarding that. There are certain things I learnt the hard way but I will learn from it and move on. You need to be strong headed and know what you want.
7. With Throw You Down, the music video is very experimental when it comes to fashion. Have you always had that experimental fashion aspect?
I feel like hair has always been something that’s forever trying. My hair has been every colour of the rainbow and then I’ve chopped it off like Ellen Degeneres and then I’ve had braids and it’s been black, brown and white. With fashion I’m always on trends. I don’t always accomplish being trendy. I pushed myself with the unique abstract fashion because I won’t ever know what to choose if I haven’t tried it. I told the producers that I really want this to be a fashion statement because I want to push myself to get there. They’re clothes I wouldn’t just wear everyday but it worked. There are a few things I would’ve changed but I like that it’s out there and it looks mature. Fashion hasn’t always been something that comes naturally to me. Fashion makes a statement so it it’s almost like brand. I don’t want to be just one thing especially when you’re performing live. But I’ll rather leave it to the professionals. I started making my own clothes, I buy it and then I adjust it. I’ll spend my money on shoes but that’s about it. It’s cheaper to make and it’s weirder. You can even have one in every colour.
8. Being a singer isn’t one facet, so how does performing in a studio compare to performing on stage?
I only started working in this industry to do live shows but I really haven’t done a lot. It’s also the main thing that I’d like to be really good at. I’ve done a few gigs recently with Timo ODV so they’ve been quite big but I wasn’t alone so that made it easier. The only thing that’s challenging is the external aspects. Sometimes when you do performances the sound is so bad. It depends on where you perform. Now I have the experience to say that the sound isn’t good so you must know that I’m going to sing over my original track. You don’t want your reputation to be tainted because then people think that I can just do studio and not live.
9. Do you feel as if the movement from subject matter from Please Try and Throw You Down has been a drastic one?
My boyfriend is always asking me who I’m speaking about especially with Throw You Down. I kind of need to assure him that it’s not about us and that we’re okay. We were in studio and we determined that this is the vibe we wanted. The happy vibe to the dark vibe was intentional. The growth was massive because I was in studio the whole time. You need to like what you make, I don’t listen to my own music but I like my music. These days I pay more attention to the production of my music. The last track on my EP, Bad Intentions, is more along the lines of what the music I’m working on now, sounds like.
10. How do you think your personal brand – the person you want to portray to others- affects your social media?
I think it’s actually where you are with yourself, like if you’re at peace with yourself. Also, if you’ve accepted that you don’t want to be like anyone else. I have this thing about social media, like why would you want to make other people feel bad about your posts? You’re making someone feel insecure about themselves because then they’re working towards something like ‘#goals’. I hate that because I always think, ‘No, you can also be #goals.’ I’m trying to be completely honest. The other day I did a live Instagram video and I didn’t wear makeup or anything and it was honest and real. There hasn’t been too many negative comments but I also see that as somewhat of a bad thing. Because if you get a bad comment it means that you’ve reached more people. My Instagram account still reflects me and I don’t care if it’s weird or too honest. It might take me longer to gain more followers but I don’t want to change myself. I literally just want to make music.
By: Kriszti Bottyan