Since the release of his 2015 album Spectrum, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard chart, Ryan Farish has been keeping busy in his studio, a synthesizer lover’s dreamland. In his new single “Skyline,“ Ryan puts his analog synths to the forefront of his intelligent production with a gorgeous instrumental track that will send you into the heavens.
Now available, “Skyline” fuses progressive trance elements with down-tempo bass music, resulting in a relaxing and inspiring adagio. Known for his experimental style, Ryan is an artist whose work speaks to other artists and electronic music producers. “Skyline” paints a sweeping landscape full of sparkling piano melodies and chillaxing grooves, giving the untrained ear a lesson in how analog synthesizers ingeniously pair with the sounds of modern electronic dance music. Skyline equally sits as a work of art in both it’s tonality, and in the notes which will transport the listen to a place of sonic bliss.
We caught up with Ryan Farish to talk about the album, festivals and the fans.
Tell us your thought process towards the new album?
Right now I’m working on my next LP, and I’m really just exploring melodies, tones, and sounds that I really connect with. I’m just allowing the creativity to flow, naturally… and I’m really enjoying the process. My new single “Skyline” that just came out, is part of this upcoming album process…when I finished “Skyline” I was just so stoked about it, that I wanted to share it immediately, and I didn’t want fans to have to wait until I finished my next album.
You are primarily known for Chillout, what brought the change to incorporate a “EDM” like approach?
I think that applies more to my first three albums… but over the past few years my albums, Opus, Upon A Dream, Life in Stereo, Destiny, and Distance which came out last year on Black Hole more describe where I’m at as an artist if you are looking at the past 5 or so years. So there’s really not been a shift in any direction, its more just expanding who I am as an artist, exploring deeper, more driving rhythms and sounds that I’ve connected with since my first album.
Where do you see this album going in terms of your current fan base as well as those discovering you?
I hope the fans will enjoy it as much as I am enjoying this process of making the new album. Music, like all art forms, is first and foremost about communication. So, I hope that all the new music I’m making will be something that fans will connect with, and I hope they will feel some of the things I’m feeling in the music. I feel like “Skyline” is a nice blend of my piano melodies while keeping it interesting with the electronic, synth tones, and energy.
Any plans on touring or conference attendance?
I was just invited to speak at Winter Music Conference, but I hadn’t made plans to go this year because I’m so swamped in the studio right now…but I might go next near. As far as a tour, I’ve got a show coming up this June 3 at The Untz Festival in Mariposa, California. I’m really excited about this show, because I have a ton of respect for The Untz so it was an honor that they wanted me at their first festival, and also I’m really excited about connecting with the fans, and bringing the music with the live elements.
What’s in your playlist and who are you listening to when not working on music?
Coldplay, Mozart, Boards of Canada, Above and Beyond, Pat Metheny, Tycho, ATB, Seven Lions to name just a few.