NEW YORK ROCK N ROLL RYDER
RYDER just released their debut EP IV in January of this year, they are based out of NY and are a 4piece metal band. "It took no time at all for them to be asked to perform at the world-renowned Whisky a Go Go and the Chance Theater."
I had the chance to send some questions about their music and what their influences are and how they want to bring awareness to the autism community.
How did RYDER become and what does each band member bring out in the band to help the other members grow as musicians?
James: Ryder was put together in Late June 2016 after my old band broke up. We all came together and it just clicked. As far as how we help each other grow, we spend a lot of time on the road and when you start doing that you become tighter and it starts to show in the music and the performance.
You draw influence from some legends, what aspects of their music do you think you relate to the most?
James: My influences range from Led Zeppelin to Gun N Roses. RYDER is a rock n roll band, and we like to keep that spirit alive. Simply put if its rock n roll, we’re listening.
What do you love most about preforming in front of your fans?
James: The energy of the crowd. It’s an awesome feeling to see everyone rocking out and having a good time. It’s the whole reason why we perform, so we can have a good time, and others can as well.
What does it feel like to have your first EP out, where were you when it was released?
James: It feels great having an EP out, and it was released in the coolest way possible. We were on stage at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go, on New Year’s Eve, performing a set and we released the EP on January 1st, at 12am Eastern Time. California’s time zone is 3 hours behind so our EP was released in the middle of our set East Coast time.
What is the difference from this new EP and older stuff you have written how do you feel you have grown as an artist?
James: The new single we released on Memorial Day, “IS ROCK N ROLL DEAD?” I feel shows that we all grew as musicians. In the process of its release we welcomed our drummer, Billy Smith, into the band and the new stuff we are working on with him is tighter, groove oriented, and rocking.
For someone never hearing your band before how would you describe yourself on record and live?
James: On record, you hear the concept of the song, whereas live, especially with Billy on drums, you’re not just hearing it, you’re feeling it. The next step is to do a record with Billy and capture that live essence.
If you could go anywhere in the world to find inspiration, at any point in time, where would you go and why?
James: Hollywood, CA. I absolutely love hanging out on Sunset Blvd, and just knowing the history that’s happened in that area, words can’t really describe it.
What nonmusical inspiration inspires you to write musically or lyrically and why?
James: Life. I try to take personal experiences and tell them in a relatable way through the only way I know how, music.
You have a show/event coming up for autism awareness, do you have a special connection with someone with autism? Do want to continue to do other events for other conditions?
James: My mom is a Clinical Psychologist so growing up I would go into work with her on some days and just see what was going on. Later on, I would help coach a special needs basketball program, and do work mentoring autistic individuals in the community. I would love to continue doing other events like this because I feel that whatever we (the band) can do to help will make a difference in someone’s life, whether it be big or small.
Do you have any other shows coming up or tours we should know about?
James: We have plenty of shows coming up, and you can track them on our Facebook, WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/RYDERBAND, or Bandsintown app, HTTP://WWW.BANDSINTOWN.COM/RYDER
Where can people get your music?
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