Posts tagged London
Posts tagged London
Been away for a bit, but I’ve been spending a long time on this next post. I’ve written it because, after hearing Plan B’s interview with MistaJam on BBC Radio 1Xtra, I felt I should. Such an honest interview, on subjects most artists would run away from. Would really appreciate it if you could read this. There’s a few pictures of Plan B to enjoy as well, if you want?
Hope it doesn’t sound like I don’t know what I’m talking about, but yeah. Enjoy if you can.
Last night I was lucky enough to ask Ryan Keen a few questions. If you haven’t already heard of Ryan, well, you should have. His EP, ‘Aiming For The Sun’, was sold across the UK after Ed Sheeran gigs that he supported wonderfully at. I was able to get a copy myself, and after seeing his gig, £5 was a complete bargain!
When you read the short interview, you’ll find out more about his development into music, and the event which cemented his future in music. And it was during the time around this, that he wrote ‘Aiming For The Sun’, and the emotions are put across perfectly in his mesmerising talent.
This is my favourite track off the EP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PQn5ixxSL4 (Ryan Keen - Thank You)
It’s a real mix of nerves and excitement – it’s both terrifying and exhilarating to play to large crowds
Thanks! I first started playing guitar when I was 8 learning flamenco and classical styles, since then I’ve learnt a whole variety of other styles as well but over recent years I’ve been playing a lot of the percussive style.
I’ve always done music but it was after a close friend passed away very suddenly that I started taking being a solo artist more seriously - his passing made me realise a few things about myself and about life in general… during that time I wrote my first EP - “Aiming For The Sun”
I listen to a lot of my friends stuff at the moment, who are all amazingly talented and great people, my latest playlist Includes Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Delilah, Lucy Rose and Kal Lavelle
The first gig since my injury was supporting Ed at Bournemouth academy in front of nearly 2000 people… As soon as I walked on stage the crowd roared…. It was such an amazing feeling and the gig was such fun!
I was terrified at first – I’d severed 3 tendons and a vein and couldn’t move my thumb and had to undergo some pretty full-on surgery. The doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to do the tour with Ed as I wasn’t allowed to move my thumb for 6 weeks. So the only way I could play was by modifying the cast - I melted a plectrum into the thumb part of the cast, then spent the two weeks prior to going on relearning how to play guitar in a cast!
Yea of course! I’d love to see my singles/albums climbing the charts! I’d also love to be doing my own sell-out headline tours - to be playing to thousands of people each night would be awesome
I’m currently recording the next EP which will be out in the next two months. There’s a music video being shot for one of the tracks at the minute which is being made in stop animation by one of the animators behind Rastamouse so I’m very excited about that! There will be a couple of releases next year….
Check my Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/ryankeenuk - I put all my gigs up on the events page there. I’ll be in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Bath, Devon, France and Norway before the years out!
(just like to say a massive thanks to Ryan for this!)