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

Hi Rylan, how do you think about risk?
A lot of what we create is motivated by pushing our boundaries & being honest with ourselves. In that sense, I think that risk comes hand in hand with making honest art— with being honest in general! For Juniper Park, we want to make music that WE are passionate about. Not just music that we know will hit the charts. We write a lot of songs dealing with topics that are a little more taboo such as mental health and suicide. It can be scary because you never know how people are going to respond. Ultimately, we believe that there is more good to be had with bringing more difficult topics to the table, even if it’s risky.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Our art has definitely developed in good and beautiful ways over the years! We released our first EP in 2019 and it was kind of like a coming of age memoir; every sad feeling that comes with growing up, feeling like you don’t fit in, depression, nostalgia… all of that sort of personified through our lyrics and melodies together. The writing process for that first EP was super different than our next one coming out around the corner. It was our first go at things, so we had just started gathering songs that we had written in high school and spent a lot of days working at it, adding things in and taking things out until we thought it made sense. This next EP that we are putting out felt a lot more defined– we knew what we wanted it to sound like and what we wanted to achieve before we wrote a single song. As we’ve continued working and writing together, I think our biggest challenge has been a huge lesson in patience. When we were first starting off, we used to argue about every little thing related to what we made–even stupid details like what shade of green we wanted on our album art! I think that happens naturally as you work with any group of diverse people. So, in the same breath, it’s been really amazing learning how we can work well together, use our weaknesses to compliment each other’s strengths… all that good stuff. While writing the new project we were given the opportunity to join The Wrecks on their west coast tour this past summer as direct support as well! We were able to play at a few legendary venues, one being The Roxy theatre in Los Angeles, and that is something that we’re extremely proud of. Especially being a band that is completely independent — we don’t have a major label backing us, so everything we work toward and accomplish is completely on our own. At the end of the day, we just want to make music that we love. The hope is that we can be known for our unique sound, and for being a band that challenges the norm and integrates difficult conversations into everyday life.

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?
First and foremost, we’re huge coffee people–especially third wave coffee. One of our favorite spots is called Arcade, so we would make a pit stop there and then spend some time in Downtown Riverside! There’s tons of family owned antique shops where you can find some really great hidden gem trinkets. Honestly, we really love just hanging out at one of our houses and spending time together too – so we’d probably throw a game night or two in the mix. Lately we’ve been playing poker together 🙂 Lastly, we’re not too far from the coast – so we’d make sure to head down toward the beach eventually. We love Costa Mesa — lots of really awesome third wave shops there as well. We’d probably end the trip with a writing session and spend time making music together!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our lead singer Nolan has dedicated his entire life to the progress of our band. My ego would never let me say it to his face but working on any project with him is super inspiring. I think early on in our career our parents were skeptical of us trying to make music a career but my parents never showed that. They backed a lot of our financial problems early on and are at every show they can make it to even if that means driving to Denver from Southern California.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/juniperparkband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk8I3lR2YpONnZuslK_SMMQ

Other: Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/3aOxIhHzAyRdbHuxgDe7jS?si=Fu-e4u83RrOjLb8uECWKQQ

Image Credits
William Hammel Matthew Heywood Amanda Mae

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