LA-based songwriter turned indie-pop artist Phoebe Ryan just released her debut EP, MINE.
Often compared to Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo and Lights, Phoebe has been riding a crest of mainstream and indie acclaim, with The Fader naming "Mine" an "excellent, wispy single" and Nylon declaring, "Phoebe Ryan's 'Mine' is going to be a hit." The song has already seen combined streams of nearly 4.5 Million and early support from Sirius XM Hits 1. The brand new track "Homie" and previously released song "Dead," (which Noisey says "showcases both the singer's ethereal vocals and her innate pop nous.") rounds out the 5 track EP is a remix of "Mine" from Michael Keenan featuring rapper Skizzy Mars, and Phoebe's ingenious hybrid-cover of R. Kelly's "Ignition" and Miguel's "Do You," which first ignited the pop blogosphere earlier this year.
Phoebe's breathy, intimate vocal style and magnetic songwriting chops have already placed her in the league of indie pop's top female singer/songwriters. Phoebe first broke into the record business as a songwriter, working with Mars and a wide spectrum of artists including EDM stalwarts Tritonal. Born and raised in the small New Jersey beach/fishing village of Sea Bright, she graduated from NYU after attending the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Before launching her own career, her songwriting contributions helped shape Oh Honey's "Be Okay," and Bea Miller's "Young Blood," among others.
Phoebe Ryan doesn't seem like the kind of girl to sit still. She spends her time writing songs (for herself and for other musicians), recording awesome covers, dropping new releases (her Mine EP just came out a little while ago!) and touring the country with acts like Feed The Beat alumni The Knocks and Smallpools - and we absolutely love her for it. Phoebe took a moment of quiet to answer a few of our questions:
Tell the Feed The Beat community about Phoebe Ryan in one sentence: I'm fun and exotic and dangerous and I want to be your friend.
You've been touring on and off all year, and just announced a new run of dates with Smallpools (who are Feed The Beat alumni!) - what are you most excited about in getting back on the road? What's your favorite part about getting a chance to make new fans each night? The Smallpools tour is going to be amazing, and I'm also hitting the road with Say Lou Lou ! I'm really excited to work on perfecting my show. When you're performing every night, you get better and better and thats what I want more than anything. Making new relationships on the road is a huge perk too, not just with the fans, but also with the bands you're spending so much time with. Meeting new fans each night and learning about how they found out about me is always very interesting.
What is your biggest "must have" while out on tour? Instrumental tracks. I always ask my producer friends to send me their tracks so I can continue to write songs whenever I have down time. It's important that I have that outlet always.
Before you were releasing songs as a solo artist (and even still!), you're spending a lot of time writing with and for other artists. What excites you most about releasing songs that you're written AND performed? It's a way different experience because these songs are so personal to me and my life. I just feel more connected to them.
You just dropped a new video for your song "Homie," and you released an EP not too long ago.. what should we expect to hear next? Another phenomenal cover? Something new sometime soon? I've got some amazing stuff in the works. More songs, more videos, more collaborations, more fun! :)