We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Satyr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, is there something you believe many others might not?
Quality over quantity. Nowadays releasing music has become so accessible to everyone and people have the opportunity to create a brand for themselves, which is amazing of course. But my disagreement with this conventional piece of advice is that it limits the artist. I read this somewhere so this isn’t an original idea, but quantity becomes quality. You have to work hard, practice, have drafts, scraps, etc to truly understand what is working and what isn’t. A lot of artists today that are just starting out spend years thinking about the perfect timing, the perfect aesthetic, the perfect first single, and the perfect branding that they forget about actually putting work out. You have to discipline yourself in being consistent and accepting criticism from others along with yourself. When I first started out I sure as hell didn’t know who I was as an artist yet, but I knew it was important to keep putting out content in all forms. The quantity of the covers, bad original songs, etc had a purpose, it built a strong foundation of consistency. It eventually lead me to learning how to critique my past work and ask myself those hard questions: What wasn’t working? Why didn’t people connect with that? Ew, why did I decide to wear that in this music video? What equipment do I need to invest in the future? People are so afraid of falling, but the recovery is the best part. You fall and get a scab, now you have a scar to remind you what not to do next time. You have to practice your art over and over again to get it right, to understand yourself better. So no I don’t believe in quality over quantity, I believe that quantity becomes quality.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First and foremost I am a performer at heart, I love entertaining and I use music production, dance, and musicianship to show that. I’ve been making music since 2013 so I think what sets me apart from others is that I have so many experiences of failures and successes. I am most proud that I am always eager to learn something new that I can apply to my music. How did I get to where I am today? Discipline. I’m the kind of person that believes in hard-work over talent. I wasn’t born a singer, my parents didn’t put me in a dance studio at a young age, and they didn’t take me to auditions either. All I had were my weekly piano lessons and a dream. Discipline in something you are passionate about is extremely powerful and not that many people have that determination. Singing & dancing didn’t come natural to me, but spent years training, absorbing, polishing these skills until I was satisfied. I would rather hear someone say that I am a hard-worker than someone congratulate me on getting 100k streams on a single. I want the world to know that nothing comes easy and that you need to want it enough to make it happen for yourself. Manifesting doesn’t work without discipline.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A perfect Satyr trip in Southern California would start off with going to the pole studio. I might take them to either Luscious Maven in Noho or Inversion in OC. I think it would be fun to show them a few moves and do some body rolls to some early 2000s R&B. After I would definitely be craving some thai food, the best raw shrimp papaya salad is going to be at Tantawan in Rosemead, California. The flavors are so intense but in the best way; I’m a huge spicy foods fan. Then sometime in the week I’d wanna go to a winery in Temecula, do some wine-tasting and act real messy in public hehe. Maybe after we’ve sobered up we can check-in our airbnb in palm springs and spend 2 nights there just drinking, watching thriller movies, eat chicken wings, and do karaoke. I just realized my itinerary is like all over SoCal, but I was raised in between DTLA & Anaheim; everything was within of 20 mile radius of me. Then to end our trip I would bring them out to Mikey’s in West Hollywood second floor (the hip-hop floor) and get STUPID drunk. I’m aware the uber back is gonna be so expensive but finding parking in West Hollywood on a weekend will ruin your night. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my partner of 4 years. I truly would not be the artist/musician I am if it wasn’t for their love, honesty, and creativity. They inspire me every single day in all aspects. One of the biggest ways they’ve helped me get to where I am is through self-critique. They taught me that it’s okay that something isn’t working and that there is no shame in fixing it. I learned to be honest with myself, with the music I wanted to make, and who I wanted to be. I truly believe I am the most myself with this person, and they elevate me in so many ways.
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