We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Fine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Cincinnati, OH and I absolutely love my hometown. I try to visit once a month to visit with family and friends and of course get some Skyline and Graeter’s Ice Cream. I moved to Nashville in 2017 to pursue a career in music and my roots from Cincinnati definitely gave me a strong foundation. During high school, I had so many opportunities to work on my music chops from being a part of musical theater, the marching band, drumline, choir, to recording Beatles covers with my friend Jeff after soccer practices. After that, I decided to continue learning about writing and recording by auditioning for the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. That’s where I got to learn about songwriting, jazz harmony, piano performance, live and studio sound engineering, film scoring, and entrepreneurship. While at school, I had a 10-piece jazz/pop group called Ryan Fine and the Media, interned at Audiogrotto recording studio, and played local venues solo, and weddings with the Blue Water Kings Band. To say the least, I threw myself into the scene and kept wanting more. I decided on Nashville because that’s where Ben Folds made it happen and I look up to him a lot. Also, it’s nice that I can get my Skyline fix without having to get in a plane.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business Fine-Tuned Custom Songs was founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to make ends meet after losing performance work. I normally play piano and sing for smaller venues and private events, which is a business I have been fostering for nearly 10 years. One day, it all went away and I had to figure out a new way to make money during such a horrible time. I initially just asked family and friends via social media if they’d like me to write a song for them for $50 and it just caught on. I was pretty busy after launching, but things went to the next level after a Nashville TV news interview and Cincinnati Newspaper article. As soon as the press spread around I was swamped with work and I couldn’t have been happier. Now I’ve written over 450 custom songs including a musical and jingles for multiple companies featured on Shark Tank. I’ve written songs for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, just for fun, people who have song ideas who aren’t songwriters and want to see their idea come to life, small businesses, funerals, bar mitzvahs, political candidates, and podcast theme songs. I am so grateful to have found this little niche in the music industry because it’s been purely positive and keeping me safe, creative, and busy. I have big plans as an artist, but this has been such a great business for me that I plan on continuing for the foreseeable future.
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?
8:30 coffee at Frothy Monkey East 9:00 walk around the Parthenon
10:00 brunch at Roze Pony
11:30 drive down Music Row and Broadway
12:30 lunch at Joey’s House of Pizza
1:30 boat ride at Percy Priest
5:00 drinks at the Greenhouse Bar
7:00 dinner at Pharmacy Burger
9:00 dessert at Fox’s Donut Den
10:00 drinks at Bastion
11:00 dance at Flamingo
12:00 karaoke at a secret place, wish I could say Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Songs of Love Foundation 100% deserves a shoutout. They are a non-profit that connects songwriters to kids going through traumatic experiences. I donated my time and talent to them because I wanted my music to really make a difference in someone’s life who needed it the most. I wrote nearly 100 at this point for them and it has been incredibly rewarding. The kids and parents are always excited to have a song just for them and it encourages them in ways modern science just can’t do. It’s a very emotional process and the work Songs of Love does simply makes the world a better place. My company Fine-Tuned Custom Songs was founded on the same principles they have and that is how I learned to do what I do in custom songwriting.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6FGrnTbICqWFNCrzUn7KvD