Ryan Egan is an American singer/songwriter/producer living in Paris. His original music has gained high praise from outlets such as Billboard and Noisey as well as substantial support from Spotify playlists like New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, and Apple's Beats 1, accumulating over 2 million streams.
With 15+ years of experience working in the music industry, I've had the pleasure of recording & performing all over the US, Canada, London & Paris including at SXSW, Billboard Hot100 Festival, CMJ Festival. I've worked on music for artists at Universal Music Group, Warner, and Elektra as well as for up and coming artists of various genres. I have produced music & performed as a vocalist for sync libraries such as BAM, MYMA, as well as scored my first documentary for French television. I've also been hired to produce music, voice over & sound design for the notable app, Jour among other brands like Undiz, Mumm Champagne, and more.
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Interview with Ryan Egan
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My last single that I released is called "I Feel Like Crying". I wrote it on guitar and eventually worked with a friend to arrange for string quartet. Working with the string section and seeing the song through to the end was a really rewarding and beautiful experience.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My debut album and a few singles for other artists!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the project but I like to focus on what the current times have provided us technologically.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic piano, guitar, drum kit (I'm really asking a lot here), saxophone (I'll learn), and computer?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began writing and performing in bands as a teenager and inevitably found myself pursuing a career as a solo artist and music producer. I've now been an independent artist and freelance musician for about 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Alternative pop, indie-r&b. I'm always aiming for somewhere between Radiohead and D'angelo. Or George Harrison and Stevie Wonder!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: James Blake. I think he is one of the most versatile and impressive modern artists across the board.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Spend more time on refining your writing/arranging. Then spend more time on tracking the best takes. Leave as little as possible for editing/mixing/etc.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie, pop, hip hop, r&b
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my songwriting and vocal.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am first and foremost a singer/songwriter. I now produce and play various instruments (guitar, piano, bass, drums) to serve my own music and that naturally grew into working with other artists. I believe that I bring a unique ear and stylistic versatility to a song that 1. Will bring the song to the finish line (I find finishing projects to be such a common struggle for artists) and 2. Guide the artist to perform and produce the best possible work they have within them.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the project but when I work with other artists, I typically like to spend time with their demos, absorb the music and creative intent, and then spend a full day throwing down my initial musical ideas to put together a first draft of the production.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a humble set up in a private studio in Paris, France. I use Logic Pro X, UAD Apollo Twin Interface, Yamaha and HM-5 monitors. Some notable gear: Fender Jaguar, Martin Acoustic, Fender Jazz Bass, Prophet '08 synth, Akai MPK mini, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones, Audio-Technica AT2020 mic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My all-time favorite musicians/artists are: Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Bjork, Radiohead, James Blake, Frank Ocean, and many more... Music production influences: Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Nigel Godrich, Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Greg Calbi, Shawn Everett, Blake Mills, Ry Cooder, and many more..
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm often producing artists who ask me to arrange/play about 95% of the music and I produce from top to bottom. I've also composed music for film, commercials, apps, and more. I am often hired for work as a vocalist, usually singing other composers vocal parts, as well as voice over narration.