Ryan Beatty on Defying Musical Genres & His Productive Transitional Year

Ryan Beatty on Defying Musical Genres & His Productive Transitional Year

Ryan Beatty has been on our radar for nearly four years now, and we’re pumped to hear he’s gearing up for a whole new phase of his career.

At only 19 years old, the California native continues to reinvent himself with every bout of music he releases, as he settles into his own distinct sound.

While his first EP Because of You debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts with a catchy lead single in “Hey LA,” he brought more of a folksy singer-songwriter vibe with his 2013 self-titled EP, including the lyrically-haunting song “Chameleon.”

Now, Ryan is gearing up to drop all new music, as he hits the road with R&B duo Kalin and Myles through the fall season. JJJ got a first listen to some of Ryan‘s new stuff and we’re already huge fans of the natural evolution of his catalog.

Check out what he had to tell us about taking the next step in his career:

JustJaredJr.com: Hi Ryan, how was your summer?

Ryan Beatty: My summer was definitely very eventful. I went to a lot of different places and played a lot of shows, which was great for me. I was really happy I got to do all that. So now I’m just preparing for the tour and writing all the time. It’s going good.

JJJ: We haven’t caught up with you in a while. You’re busy working on some new music. How’s that going?

RB: It’s been really good. This year, I’ve definitely tapped into my feelings a little bit more. I found a way to express myself lyrically a little better, I think, differently than my past music. This year I’ve been inspired by a lot of different things and it’s transferred into my music. I’m in a really creative place right now.

Click inside to read the rest of our interview with Ryan Beatty…

JustJaredJr.com Interview – Ryan Beatty

JJJ: Take us through a typical day at the studio for you.

RB: It really depends. I’ve worked at a lot of different places. Sometimes it’s in my own bedroom and sometimes it could be a really nice studio. Today I’m at this guy’s house and he has a studio in his backyard. It’s a really cool set-up. I write down ideas for songs all the time, just in my notes on my phone. So sometimes I’ll refer back to that. There are times during the day when something will hit me a certain way and I’ll write it down. Sometimes what I thought would be good doesn’t turn out to be good. However it feels in the moment, I’l tap into that and dwell on that a bit. Lately, I’ve been writing and getting into production and recording later. I’ve been writing to write pretty much, all the time. I’ll just go somewhere, whether I’ll record it or not, I’ll just write a bunch of stuff.

JJJ: What comes first for you – the melody, the lyrics?

RB: It’s been different. Sometimes through the chord progression the melody will come, and then other times I’ll have lyrics written out and base the tone of the song off of that. I try not to force anything and let it happen how it goes. I’ve come to realize if you live in the moment, the more truer it will sound.

JJJ: Have you encountered any writers’ block and if so, how do you get past it?

RB: There’s been times where I’ve been writing about the exact same thing and I’ll just get stuck on that. Everything that comes to me is just not very good, you know? I don’t know. I don’t think there’s an exact way to get over it. I’ll just try to go on a walk or just even forget about it for a while. Like I said, I try not to force anything.

JJJ: How has your musical taste changed over the past few years, if it has?

RB: I don’t think it’s necessarily changed, but it’s definitely broadened a lot more. I’ve been listening to a lot of different music, as opposed to sticking to a few artists. A few years ago, I did have a few artists I stuck to, John Mayer being one of them. I like to just explore different genres. This past year, I’ve really been into Haim. They are killing it right now. Who else? I’ve been listening to a lot of Beach Fossils. It’s definitely influenced me.

JJJ: For you, how does the new music compare to your older stuff? We listened to some of it and we love where it’s going.

RB: I tried a lot of new things. I didn’t want to…I knew that I needed to get back to what I envisioned when I first started all this. I knew that I didn’t want to be stuck…and don’t get me wrong, I’m really grateful for the success of my past music and where it’s gotten me. I’m glad that people enjoyed it. And it’s not that I’m putting down that music at all. I’ll still look back on that and it brings back a lot of great memories for me. But I knew that I needed to get back to what I set out to do musically.

That’s what I’ve been doing this past year, is trying to really focus in on that and get down to a solid sound. I feel like I have done that this year. Sometimes it gets a bit frustrating because there are so many different things that I like. There will be two songs I really love and one will sound completely different than the other. Part of me wishes that I could just pull a Bruno Mars – because his last album was so different in a really great way. Every song was like a different genre, but it was still cohesive. That’s what I would love to do, but I know need to get a solid sound. I’m working on that right now.

JJJ: And how did the tour with Kalin and Myles come about?

RB: It happened really fast honestly. I was getting lunch and my manager was on the phone and she asked, “Do you want to do this?” And I was like, “Heck, yeah. That would be so fun.” We had done a show together in the past, and they are super cool dudes. I’m stoked I get to tour with them.

JJJ: Will fans maybe get a hint of your new music at the shows?

RB: I don’t know if I’ll be playing any new stuff in the beginning of the tour. I’m going to try to throw in a new cover or two maybe, but I feel like maybe half-way through the tour, I’ll start teasing a song or two. We’ll see.

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