Ryan from Throw The Fight
When did you decide that music was going to be the career you continued with for the rest of your life and what made you come to that decision?
I knew that I wanted to do music in my early 20's when I was in college, but it was never an "all or nothing" scenario. For me, music and design have always gone hand-in-hand, and I knew that I wanted to pursue a design career just as much as a music career. I've been doing both ever since.
Other than musicians, who would you say is your biggest inspiration?
My wife and parents have always been very supportive and encouraging when it comes to music and pursuing the band.
Do you believe in luck? Do you have anything that brings you luck or rituals you do before a gig, etc?
No, I don't believe in luck. I believe in doing the work and showing up for yourself consistently. As the old Seneca quote goes, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
As far as rituals go, would stretching count? Haha! I'm pushing 40, so it's definitely a must before every show at this stage.
Did you enjoy music at school and were you any good?
I definitely enjoyed music at school and was in various choirs and ensembles during that time. Choir was my jam back then.
What was the 1st performance you did in front of people and what was the first gig you did and can tell you tell us about it?
My first performance in front of people was at a high school talent show when I was 15 or 16. I got a few friends together and we played a Pink Floyd and Soundgarden cover. I'm so glad there weren't camera phones back then because I'm sure it was cringy to watch. Haha!
My first shows with Throw The Fight were around 2003 when we would play house parties and small bars in Menomonie, WI where I was going to college at the time. I'm sure they were equally as cringy. But at least there was beer at those gigs.
What does music mean to you?
Music = life.
Take us through a day when you are writing or recording?
We typically write on our own and will record riffs and ideas and text them back and forth to each other. Then we'll do pre-production as a band in Minneapolis.
When it comes time to record an album or EP, we'll fly out to the producer we're working with and record out of their studio for 2-3 weeks of tracking. Those sessions will typically be 8-10 hour days and we'll bang out a record in that time.
What would you like to achieve in the next year?
I would love for shows and touring to become a thing again for all musicians in 2021. We're planning on doing a European tour in the fall of next year. But time will tell if that transpires. Other than that, we're planning on being in the studio quite a bit and working with a handful of different producers next year.
What one thing could you not live without and why?
I can't live without my MacBook and a good wifi connection. I can't run my business or the band without it.
What is your favourite way to listen to music and do you ever listen to your own music?
Spotify is my favorite way to listen to music and discover new artists. When we're writing and recording, listening to our own tracks is a must so that we can continue to improve upon the songs. Post-release, I'll listen to our music from time to time, but with less frequency.
What has been one thing you have done during your music career that you regret or wish you could go back and change? What would it be and why?
I would have realized how toxic former bandmates were much sooner and cut ties with them years earlier.
Can you give us a rundown of all the music-related things you have been up to in the past couple of months and what we can expect for the future?
Our latest album, 'Settle Your Sins,' was released in August, so we've been busy getting those songs in front of people. We just wrapped up tracking our first Acoustic EP, which will be available everywhere on January 15th, 2021. The first single from that release drops everywhere on December 18th.
Since shows and touring aren't going to be a thing anytime soon, we're doubling-down on writing and recording. 2021 will see us releasing music at a much more frequent pace.