With two buns and a bang, Aly Ryan continues to make herself known in the music industry. Her debut single, “No Parachute” became the second biggest pop song on SoundCloud! Not to mention, the single was number ONE in Germany, Russia, France, The Netherlands and other countries we only dream of visiting. Recently I had the chance to catch up with Aly to talk about her success and why the love of music is so genuine in her spirit!
JT: Aly, thanks for taking time to do this interview. Your music is so uplifting and delightful. When did you realize music was going to be your career?
AR: Thanks for having me TUC. I always had a love for music and it just kind of happened organically and gradually. There wasn’t one moment where I realized it, I kinda always knew it. It was my dream since I was really young.
JT: When did you get started in the music industry? Was your family supportive of your career choice?
AR: I was on a TV show in Germany when I was 14 similar to Idol over here. I guess that was the moment when it became professional. Before I was in the studio a lot and did some live performances as well but when I was on the show I got to work with cameras and record in big studios. We were mentored by celebrities and shot a music video and everything, so that was pretty cool.
JT: What inspires you to write and create music? Who are you influenced by?
AR: I’m inspired by music in general. I love writing to acoustic instruments especially the piano. It evokes a strong emotion in me and melodies are often born from there. But inspiration happens very organically for me.
JT: If you were not in the music industry what would your career be and why?
AR: I would be a psychologist I think. I love the mind and its complexity and I love hearing people’s stories.
JT: How did your upbringing affect your position on music?
AR: It has made me more aware of different cultures but it also made me realize we are all the same and the real differences come from languages and cultures. Overall we all feel the same emotions, yearn for the same things etc.
JT: Describe your music in 4 words.
AR: Deep seeded, original, heartfelt, and authentic.
JT: Why is it important to give back to the community?
AR: Because it all comes back full circle. People help you, you help people and love makes the world go around.
JT: Is it easier to stay independent or sign with a major label?
AR: It depends on the deal and who you are and what you are looking for. There is no black and white answer to that, it depends on the individual situation.
JT: Where do you see your music in 5 years?
AR: I would like to travel the world with my music and sing for people.
JT: Is your two buns your signature look? Why is it so important to brand yourself?
AR: Yes! I love the buns! It’s just something fun I like to do & I hope people will recognize me much easier because I wear them and it’s just kinda become a thing for me 😀.
JT: Discuss some adversities you faced in the music industry.
AR: There are a lot of adversities. It’s a really tough industry and there are a lot of pitfalls. Especially because I moved here by myself when I was 16, I had to grow up very quickly and get my stuff together.