We had the good fortune of connecting with Ry August and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ry, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I would say this career chose me at a very young age. I remember always singing and having melodies in my head as a kid. I started writing short stories at my grandmothers house in Maryland when I was around 6. She would type them up for me and print them out. My parents split when I was 8 and my dad left the home and I started listening to rap a lot. I had The Eminem Show and Get Rich Or Die Trying on repeat. I would walk around my neighborhood with my walkman on feeling every lyric. I would then come back home and start writing lyrics myself. I had this karaoke machine in my moms basement and I would put a cassette tape in and start freestyling.

When I was 12 my mom and I moved to Pennsylvania. I ended up getting a Mac laptop around this time and discovered GarageBand which was my karaoke machine on steroids. I started recording myself constantly and just writing songs. I would rip beats from youtube and just make music everyday. This went on until my senior year of high school. I started to put stuff out around this time and was dropping mixtapes on DatPiff and doing youtube covers of whatever was popular at the time. I had a little success and started doing a bunch of college shows and did a small tour. Looking back now this was all kind of preparing me for today and what is still to come.

I ended up getting a little burnt out after college and wasn’t making much money so tried to live a “normal” life and get a regular job and what not. Quickly realized that life isn’t for me. I packed up my car in 2020 and drove to California. Didn’t even have a plan just needed a change. Covid hit and I was inside a lot as we all were, so I started writing a lot. That led to recording myself everyday and just creating new music. I found a new tone in my voice and started singing a lot of those melodies I always had in my head. Decided to rebrand and started releasing new music again under the name Ry August. Been dropping music consistently since then and am creating the best music of my life. I truly feel like I needed to go through all of those things just to even have something to say. I am feeling and hearing the connection my art is having with others and that is truly what keeps me going. The love of the craft and the potential impact it can have on others.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an artist, a singer/songwriter, video editor, content creator, and dream chaser. I make pop music with indie, alternative, r&b, and rap influences. If I had to pick something I specialize in I would say relatability and storytelling in music. I am a sucker for a good story and lyrics really matter to me. I want to deliver stories people can relate to and be inspired by. I am most proud of the fact that I started chasing my childhood dream again. I always wanted to be an artist and I lived that my entire life but I lost myself for a few years trying to “grow up” and I am really proud that I found that fire again.

In regards to what separates me from others, I think that we all bring something unique to the table creatively. No one has the same past or has learned the same life lessons, no one has the same exact tone, and no one writes the same. I would say I do all of those things differently than others. That is what is so cool about tapping into your creative mind is that you are going to bring something unique to the world that someone else out there will be able to connect to. I think that is very powerful.

Definitely not a smooth road to become who I am today. This road was filled with hills and potholes but I am better for it. I think we are all better off going through some adversity in life. I would say one of the biggest struggles was with myself. Overcoming self-doubt or just caring too much about what other people may think. I stopped creating for a few years after college because I wasn’t making a full time income and started to feel embarrassed that I didn’t reach the heights of success yet. I thought it was some childhood dream I had fun with and chased for years but now it is time to “grow up”. After trying that for a little I was completely wrong and what I was doing all along was the right way to go. At least for me. Those dreams we have as a child are special and there is more to it than we may even know. If you find something you love and are obsessed with then go all in. Don’t ever stop doing that thing and eventually the money and success will arrive but when you love it that much you don’t even do it for those reasons. I write music everyday because I love it. Money is not the motive at all. I really only want the money for the freedom to create even more and to help my mom out. So the lesson learned is never stop doing what you love it is always worth it in the end.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely hit the coast and drive up PCH catching some incredible views in Malibu. Hit the beach, check out the Santa Monica Pier, you know all the touristy stuff that others don’t have around them everyday. Eat some Sushi at Soko. Hit up Griffith Park and see some incredible views of LA and the Hollywood sign. I would take them to the Comedy Store one night. Go to whatever musical act was performing that week as well. Would have to hit a Lakers game and/or Dodgers game when in season. I would drive them through the hills and look at all the incredible architecture of the homes. It is always an inspiring ride. There is so much to do in LA you couldn’t even possibly hit everything in one week but those are a few obvious ones that jump out to me that I would show someone from out of town.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my mom for raising me as a single parent. She would work multiple jobs just to make sure I had what I needed. She always showed me love and encouraged me to chase my dreams. She would listen to me making music for years in the basement and always hyped me up and still does. Having support from your family in a career like this helps a lot. I carried a lot of self belief and love for what I was doing myself but not having to sell the dream to your parent made the road a little easier. So shoutout to her and shoutout to all the parents who encourage their children to follow their passions.

Website: https://www.ryaugust.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryaugxst/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyAugxst

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyAugxst

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdHPa6lUpiW-O9fNDNx0PEA

Other: Tik Tok: https://vm.tiktok.com/JNPRjFy/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2fHjBnaMn8d67tfMZSGIpC?si=Z5svHdxKR0aILsm_NWYobQ Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ry-august/

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