Ryan Powers Boyle

Posted by Christopher Rudder

inspirations and and feelings to the writing, producing and/or recording of that song OR performing the the finished track at one of your live shows and feeling/seeing the crowds positive reaction and love for your musical genius.


Ryan Powers Boyle: It seems like people either face inward toward their own thoughts and feelings, or outward toward the rest of the world, and I’m definitely more of the former. Even though over the years I’ve learned to open up more to my environment and the people around me, I definitely am more comfortable sitting with my own thoughts than having a conversation. So it follows then that I most enjoy writing songs -- sitting and concentrating and uncovering them, and feeling that joy that comes when you’re hearing your song for the first time. That’s way more powerful to me than a room full of people telling you that your stuff is good. Not that that’s not amazing too, but to me it’s not in the same ballpark. And recording is just a pain in the ass -- I’m too much of a perfectionist, so the whole process is just an exercise in compromise, and I’m never entirely happy with the end result.


CR: Aside from me (hahaha) who are some indy musicians you would love to have the opportunity to collaborate and work with.

Ryan Powers Boyle: My stock answer to this is always Bob Dylan, because, well fuck, he’s Bob Dylan. But the truth is at some point I think I might like to make an electronic album. I like my lyrics a lot, but the sounds you can make with conventional instruments are so much more limited than what you can do electronically, so I’d love to collaborate with someone who has a handle on that. Not anyone too rap oriented, but maybe Imogen Heap or Ben Gibbard from Death Cab and the Postal Service. Or maybe even Adam Young from Owl City. 


CR: With the emergence of Online Independent Music Labels such as iTunes that can market/promote music primarily through the internet medium via the assistance of the burgeoning online communication networks such as myspace.com, do you think that the major record labels in the world will eventually cease to be the gatekeepers to musicians seeking lucrative sales and worldwide acclaim.


Ryan Powers Boyle: The majors will always be around, but their role has to change if they’re going to survive and stay relevant. The music business seems to be moving toward more of a niche market -- tons of artists supplying unique music to fickle tastes -- and away from the days of mass adulation of a few mainstream artists. The majors don’t have the personnel to excel in the niche market, nor are they nimble enough to do so. There will always be an appetite for artists with mass market appeal -- and the major labels still have the most expertise in breaking and maintaining those artists -- but it’s likely the majors’ presence and relevance in the market will continue to decline.


CR: I’m gonna say a few words...tell me the first thing that comes to mind...lets start with your name Ryan Powers Boyle...


Ryan Powers Boyle: Ha...is this Inside the Musician’s Studio? Sweet. But Ryan Powers Boyle? It’s who I am most of the time.


CR: Change


Ryan Powers Boyle: Constantly


CR: Journey


Ryan Powers Boyle: Don’t Stop Believin’


CR: Destination


Ryan Powers Boyle: Not as important as the journey, or so they say. But don’t stop believin’.


CR: Life


Ryan Powers Boyle: Is as you create it.


CR: Favourite word


Ryan Powers Boyle: ...is the perfect word at the perfect time.


CR: Least favourite word


Ryan Powers Boyle: All the rest.


CR: Favourite word to cuss with


Ryan Powers Boyle: Fuck, I don’t know. There’s a time and place for all of them. They've got a lot of powerwhen you use them judiciously.


CR: For all of our readers who will hear some of your songs, read the interview and become instant fans; tell them where they can learn more about you, your music, any upcoming projects, events or albums. Tell everyone your website addresses? 


Ryan Powers Boyle: The website’s the best place to stay tuned in -- it’s www.ryanpowersboyle.com. Everything’s up there -- music (CDs and downloads), tour dates, a blog, snazzy merch from my artsy friends and lots of other stuff.


CR: Cool, on behalf of the RogueMag Familia I wanna personally thank you for taking the time out to chit-chat with me. Keep on pushing and we will work together again!!!


Ryan Powers Boyle: Thanks, looking forward to it!