I always thought I would hate this kind of music. Or rather, I thought I would always hate this kind of artists, catchy and full of quick lyrics. I always imagine them with too big clothes, silly hats, one-liners and more attitude than personality. I send my thanks to Ryan Kulp for helping me realize that I was totally wrong. The first song on Ryan’s debut album South of Market is nothing but a masterpiece. I can’t stop moving to the music. I hear the inspiration from Paul Simon, Jason Mraz and other big artists. Just that Ryan Kulp does it with a gusto that takes the breath out of me.
This guy touches my heart like few can. The track ”Church” is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have heard. Ryan Kulp could might as well be the next world hit if RiWi/CCC blogs and news sites finally gets the picture. It's like traditional light-weight left wing music with an intensity and honesty I have yet only found on the right side of the political spectrum.
I don’t find many innovative musical elements on the album. It is rather mainstream, like Germany playing soccer, they play the same game, only they do it better than everybody else. Check him out as soon as you can, good people. Just don’t do it at a meeting, for your boss will surely tell you are listening to something else than him. The tapping of you feet will give you away.
Since we started this music blog we have gotten in contact with some good bands and artists, all working for what I would call the counter culture, all with different thoughts and ideas, and Ryan Kulp is surely yet another great example of the creativity that is coming from the people. As mr Ryan sent his answers in small letters to me, and I suspect this is part of his background as a programmer, I let his answers remain that way, somehow I think it shows how I perceive him - light, quick and fluent.
THE MANDATORY SEVEN
1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC?
unofficially, when i was 10 years old. we were all given recorders (you know, those fake flutes) in 5th grade, and i became fascinated with how different finger combinations created unique melodies. i thought, "if i can just a few rules, i can create something the world has never heard before."
officially, 2 months ago. i left my career in technology, because i spent years thinking "what if..." about pursuing music. so, now i'm pursuing music. we'll see!
2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
honest, personal, happy.
3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND'S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?
fall 2009. i was flown to NYC (living in atlanta at the time) to play for A&R executives at Sony. they asked if i'd consider being a writer instead of an artist. this mattered because i blew the meeting, and told them "no." good one, ryan!
4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
"Sunshine", from my EP also titled Sunshine.
"Volkswagen Commercial", from my EP Forgive Me Gorgeous
5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?
right now, i'm not really. have experimented lightly with platforms like SubmitHub, ReverbNation "Opportunities," and Sonicbids. these yielded some streams, email subscribers, compliments, and album sales. but, for now i'm more focused on improving my songwriting.
A shorter answer?: Not good. haha.
6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?
i'm planning to record a new song, every 30 days, for the rest of 2017. why not? each will be inspired from the feedback i get for the last, and i'll be incorporating new genres that i haven't previously explored. this summer, expect to hear everything from pop to rap, to sappy acoustic ballads. i'm looking forward to at least a year of experimental songwriting.
7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RIWI/CCC MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?
as Paul Joseph Watson says, "Conservatism is the new Counter-Culture."
"rebellion" has always meant "cool." in the 60s, it was rebellious to hate the war in vietnam, to put emotions over reason, and to express yourself in ways that weren't commercial, but were "true to you." hence the surge of liberal ideology amongst artists of all kinds, from musicians to actors, dancers and painters.
this attitude persisted another few decades, with liberals seemingly maintaining the upper hand on "the arts," therefore fashion, and therefore "cool." they even began to brand themselves as intellectuals, using the "we believe in science" argument to suppose that all church-going folk are ignorant children.
the problem with this web of lies, of course, is that it only got more complicated to maintain as years went by. nowadays, it is the liberals who argue both "we believe in science" and "gender is a social construct" at the same time. it is liberals who argue "church must stay out of schools and state" but then argue with their conservative peers that "jesus would have been more generous to the poor."
liberals live by their own moral code, yet moral code does not come from man. this is their Achilles heel, and ever since the 2016 election, we're finally seeing it unravel.
as more artists, like myself, move away from "identity politics" and assumptions that liberal OR conservative values have anything to do with their art, i think we'll begin to see more diverse ideas in hollywood, in the media, and the lyrics we hear on the radio.
it's my hope that coming from a capitalist's perspective who still feels things, recognizes beauty, appreciates science, and also believes in God, that art and music in the 21st century no longer has to associate with the same draft-dodging culture of the 60s.
THE PHILOSOPHICAL THREE
8. I SOMEHOW GET THE IDEA THAT YOUR MUSIC IS INFLUENCED BY MANY LEFT WING GENRES AND CREATES A BEAUTIFUL SYMBIOSIS, SO I CAN’T STOP MOVING TO IT, WHEREFROM DO YO GET YOUR IDEAS?
i grew up playing classical music -- violin, cello, etc. i took private lessons, played in orchestras throughout my youth, and even played a few weddings and private events.
in my music today, years later, i still like to include remnants of that orchestral composition... big band, horns, strings, and so on.
lyrically, everything i've ever sung has been 100% truthful. a story, a metaphor, something that happened to me in real life. but as i continue on this new journey as a musician, i'm going to practice writing half-fiction, so to speak. i'm going to write songs that more people can relate to, so that the underlying message (honest, joyful music) spreads to more people.
9. YOU ARE APPARENTLY INTERESTED IN CODING AS WELL AS MUSIC, QUITE AN ODD COMBINATION ONE MIGHT THINK, DO YOU THINK THEY ARE RELATED TO EACH OTHER IN ANY WAY?
ha, it's funny you say that. a lot of musicians have said, "music is math." so to me, coding actually fits in with the musician's mentality pretty well; you can be creative, you can "hack" things, devise clever solutions for a missing gap in a project...
one thing i've taken with me from programming, and begun applying to my music, is the problem solving patterns you get from engineering. frankly, programming is just learning how to think a certain way, learning how to break up big problems into a bunch of a smaller, manageable ones.
in songwriting, no matter your genre or instrumentation, you could consider a "verse" or a "chorus" one of these smaller problems, with the song or message being the much bigger, harrier subject. and if you can think about your arrangements in a more modular way, piecing together the progressions and bars and key signatures, you'll be more likely to finish your songs. this is advice, i guess, for those artists who have 100s of 25% done tracks scribbled in notebooks or demo'd on garageband. finish.
10. WHEN I LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC I CAN’T STOP SMILING, THE LYRICS ARE QUITE … OPEN MINDED, LIKE SOME KIND OF KIND AND LOVING PRO-MARKET ECONOMY REBELLION. AM I RIGHT AND IS IT A CONSCIOUS CHOICE OR IS IT JUST ME HEARING THINGS?
yes, 100% right. although, i've certainly shifted some of my belief systems. for example, i support capitalism all the way. but i don't mind reminding myself of how i used to perceive it. i once heard that one quality of being "smart" is the ability to hold 2 conflicting ideas in your head at the same time."
so my status today -- socially, economically -- is sorta like that concept. on one hand, i'm a bum. i don't have a full-time job, i stay up really late, and i sometimes sit in the park, doing nothing.
but on the other hand, i'm still working very hard on side projects, dealing with customers, and doing the "responsible adult" thing. i try to talk about juggling both of these realities, in my music.
THE QUICK FIVE
11. HEART OR BRAIN?
12. PRECISION OR ENERGY?
13. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?
acoustic, but percussive. during live shows, i love to stomp my foot or bang on my guitar body to project intensity.
14. LIVE OR STUDIO?
15. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?
i'm an extrovert by nature, but have learned to enjoy spending time alone. i now spend more time alone than with people, and say "no" to friends more than i ever imagined i would. but perhaps it's the season. we'll find out this summer. 🙂
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