Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Ryan David Orr

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Dystopia is an upbeat indie-rock song with an organic feel and a catchy hook. It’s largely about the current state of the world and the turmoil we seem to put ourselves through. It’s sort of a disjointed love letter written in a time of struggle.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

The first song I released specifically as a single was called “The Floor of This House“. It appeared on my 2019 album Kaden Hollow. It was a great feeling to release it. My wife did the artwork for it in watercolor and I released a video around the same time which won “best music video” at the White Mountain Film Festival in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Whoa, that’s a tough one. There is a song on my upcoming album called “Juvenile” that I am very fond of. I’m not sure it’s my favorite song I have ever put on an album, but it’s probably my favorite from the forthcoming record.

Your favourite song to play live:

If I’m playing a solo show, my favorite original is probably the song “Margaret“. It is a favorite of a lot of my fans as well.

Your most emotional track:

That’s a tough one, too. I tend to write mostly when I’m dealing with something that effects me emotionally, so they’re all fairly emotional. But perhaps the song “Nothing More Than Love“.

The best lyric you have ever written:

Wow, these are actually some tough questions. I’m not sure if it’s my best lyric ever, but one of my favorites is from a song called The Emptiness There  “I will not lie if you ask what I’m thinking, but I might not say what you want to hear; It’s a frivolous gesture to reach out and grab you just as you’re turning and walking away, and not so revealing as holding you near.”

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

I guess it’s a mixture of adrenaline and anxiety. I love performing my art, and I am always very focused on making it as perfect as possible, so it’s both exciting in a happy way and anxious in a perfectionist way.

The hardest track to play live:

Though it doesn’t seem like it, my song “Mississippi” is hard to play live. If I play it solo, I use loops and layers, and if I play it with a band, there are a lot of stops and starts with 3-part harmonies and call-and-answer stuff. That can get complicated.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

A stainless steel coffee cup with lid; reading light; laptop; extra strings and batteries

Describe your fans in three words:

intelligent, conscientious, genuine

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

“Mistaken For Strangers” by The National

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

I will be teaming up with The Animal Farm to release a series of singles for streaming platforms. I am also releasing my next album New Imperials at the end of August on Vinyl, CD, and Digital, then later on streaming. Pre-orders are available now at I will also be releasing a music video for “Mr. Anderson”, a song from the new album, in the next month or so.

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