Ryan Aderréy

IMG_5045 copyRYAN ADERRÉY I Struggle and I Emerge EP (Luctor et Emergo) One of the most unique aspects of Ryan Aderréy’s background is his deep, lifelong connection to sports. After a year at Boston University, the emerging singer/songwriter– whose 2014 debut What If won the L.A. Music Critics Award for Best EP, Male – had the opportunity to play for OmniWorld, a professionalsoccer team outside of Amsterdam. “I didn’t realize it at the time,” he says, “but playing soccer, traveling and being in front of fans, many of whom didn’t like Americans, turned out to be perfect training for what I wanted to do next, which I quickly realized was music.”
His ongoing passion for sports – and more particularly, his dad’s hometown hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks – inspired the perfect and very unique, multi-lingual title for Ryan’s highly anticipated new EP I Struggle and I Emerge (Luctor et Emergo). The singer heard the Hawks’ backup goalie Scott Darling talking about the way he bounced around between countless minor league clubs before securing a spot on the team and playing a key role in their 2015 Stanley Cup championship. Darling spoke about the importance of perseverance and used the Latin expression “luctor et emergo.”
“As an independent singer songwriter who has been writing, recording and performing and working towards my goals for a number of years, I really connected with Scott Darling’s story about struggling for a long time before becoming part of a championship team,” says Ryan “I looked up that phrase and its history and I felt like it fit where I am in my career. Pursuing music is difficult sometimes and sometimes I have asked myself why I continued to struggle. It’s all about having fans come up to me after a show and tell me they were in a dark place and felt hope when they heard one of my songs. Once I got over the glamorous rock star delusions, I got to a great place where I realized I’m in this to affect people in a positive way. If that’s not your motivation for making music, you’re not doing it for the right reasons –and you won’t have longevity. I write, record and perform songs for the listeners, not myself.”
Based out of Boston, Ryan experienced his own career breakthrough in 2014 with his debut single “A Miracle, My Love,” which peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top-40 Indicator chart, received airplay overseas and was in rotation for numerous companies including Hollister, Walmart, Kohls as well as in Landmark Theatres. A video for the track was aired on TV stations, in retail pools, multi-market distributions and internet websites in the U.S. and Canada. At one point, his local ranking on the popular independent music site ReverbNation was #1 in the singer-songwriter category.
“Breathe The World In,” a power-pop ballad with anthem-like qualities and a dynamic hip-hop/rap interlude, was released as the new EP’s lead single in early Summer 2015. The EP’s other highlights include the hypnotic, intense pop/rock track “They Say,” the jangling and whimsical “Not Created In Stone” (which showcases the upper registers of Ryan’s voice), the aggressive, edgy “Cover Up” and the dreamy and soulful acoustic ballad “More Than Treasure.”
Ryan’s growing legion of fans will love the masterful songwriting, powerful lead vocals and explosive productions on I Struggle and I Emerge. Four of the tracks were produced by Grammy Award winner Zach Ziskin, who helmed What If. Those who listen closely will quickly realize that while many sonic elements are the same, Ryan is in a much darker frame of mind than he was on his debut.
“The first EP was so bright, poppy and motivational, and I wanted to show a different side of my artistry this time,” he says. “Nobody is 100 percent happy or angry all the time, and it felt right to cover the emotional spectrum. Musically, I think some of the darkness stems from the fact that I was listening to a lot of Panic at the Disco! and Fall Out Boy. There’s so much subtle pessimism and sarcasm behind their lyrics even when you think they’re happy.
“During the time I was writing these new songs,” Ryan adds. “I was facing a lot of problems in my life –career-wise, with family, personal relationships and other things. I feel like the wide range of emotions is an honest reflection of that. At first I was hesitant, and then I started thinking about my favorite artists, from Panic! and Fall Out Boy to Eminem, Bob Dylan and Sam Smith. Their discographies have songs for when you’re feeling happy, when you’re pissed off, or just about any mood. I aspire to that kind of honesty in my songwriting.”
Music was a big part of Ryan’s life from as early as he could remember, and he has fond memories of weekends spent listening to the family stereo as his dad – a working songwriter – played Dylan, Jackson Browne and The Beatles. By the time Ryan was born, his parents – who met backpacking in Morocco –had moved Stateside. While early on, he clearly preferred and excelled at sports, Ryan spent many weekends with his friend Keshav Singh – who is now having success in the UK as part of the duo JusNow – making beats on Singh’s electronic keyboard.
During and following his stint as a pro soccer player, Ryan was composing music, posting online and receiving positive responses. This caught the attention of a friend who had started an independent label in Pittsburgh, who invited Ryan down to showcase some of his songs. After some well-received live performances in the Northeast, Ryan came back to Florida to work with exclusively with producers at Studio Center Miami. The people at the studio felt Ryan’s compositions had some real potential and wanted to see what he could do once he put all his incredible focus into music. Ryan, who had learned via his athletic career that the more you do something, the better you get at it, spent two full years working with a world-renown vocal coach and choreographer at A-Team Studios before feeling like he was ready to take the next step toward composing an actual album.
While words have always come easily to Ryan – a college journalism major who won several poetry awards in High School – he knows he is exercising a different muscle with songwriting. “Songwriting is a whole different beast,” he says. “It takes life experience, in my opinion, to write a good song. I don’t think you can fake that. I will write a song 10 times over and often it still isn’t good enough yet. Songwriting is about pouring your soul out on the paper, and it’s hard to go to that place. It is something you have to work at. I have been working at it long enough that I feel like I am in a good place with being able to convey my feelings musically. There is no greater gift than to be able to take the culmination of your life’s stories and set them to music. I heard Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin say something that continues to resonate with me. To be great, he said, you have to fall in love with the process – even if you don’t like it at first. And that’s exactly what I’ve done”

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