Artists Name/Band: Ryan David
Music Genre: Rock
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I was an artistic child and won some art awards for some of my drawings when I was really young. When I was still in elementary school, I impressed some of my teachers with some poetry and short stories that I wrote. I was good at English, spelling and in art class, but I wasn’t really a good student. I only wanted to do my thing and didn’t like authority or doing what I was told. I’ve always been the type of person that goes against the grain and doesn’t want to go along with the program. I thought that a lot of things were a waist of time and just wasn’t interested in most of things being thought in school. I think teachers basically do the best they can, but I always thought there’s more they should be teaching in schools to actually help kids become their authentic selves. I didn’t fit in that well with the other kids, but I realize now that just going with the crowd often leads you in the wrong direction. It takes bravery to be yourself and not try to be like everyone else.
When I started playing music, I basically refused to get lessons and thought I was smart enough to figure it out myself. I was really terrible at guitar but I kept at it and eventually got better. Also I had a good friend that helped with my guitar playing a lot. He also introduced me to a lot of good music and I started learning some heavy riffs from Metallica and Black Sabbath. That got me inspired on the guitar and I soon started coming up with my own riffs. I was still in my teens when I started recording demos with some friends. We had some fun creating some noise and we uploaded some of it online. We got mixed reviews and some people liked it, and some people hated it. We didn’t mind taking criticism and even thought it was funny, then just kept on jamming. I always thought it was important to believe in yourself and in what you’re doing and not worrying about people’s opinions.
I started singing just by trying to mimic some of my favorite singers. Some of the singers I started trying to emulate were Phil Anselmo, Kurt Cobain, James Hetfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant and Jim Morrison. I just kept on drawing inspiration from my favorite singers and eventually began developing my own style. It’s always a good idea to record yourself singing so you can really listen and start working out some of the bugs or weak spots in your voice. You just have to work at finding you’re natural singing voice, find out what your strengths are and what style of singing actually suits your voice.
Eventually I started to go off on my own and work on my own projects. I like working with others, but I found that I do my best song writing when I’m alone. Once I started becoming more spiritual, I started learning how to quiet the mind and allow inspiration to flow. I learned how to go into a meditative state and connect with something beyond the physical. I’ve done a lot of studying on spiritual concepts and one of the things I learned is that going into the stillness is the place to find inspiration and to connect with your higher self. I heard it said that “true intelligence is going beyond thought”. Thoughts are trapped in memory and they can often be irrational and unintelligent. This can help you as a musician to learn to be still and not get too caught up in your head and allow things to flow with ease. You can use this in finding inspiration for your creativity and also for finding solutions to problems in your life. I like to write lyrics that are about taking back your power and not being trapped in human ignorance.
I consider myself a spiritual person that believes strongly in a higher power and in the spirit world. I heard it said that “our eyes can only see one percent of the electromagnetic spectrum” and there is so much beyond what we can perceive with our physical senses. Though I am spiritual, I’m non-religious and I believe in finding your own truth and thinking for yourself. I think it’s important to meditate and go within to find out who you really are and what you’re true purpose is in life.
I like using music as a way of spreading positive messages and doing my part in helping people and helping with humanitarian causes. I learned an important lesson that you should be careful what you’re feeding your senses. If you’re consuming piles of negativity through the media, music and television you could be harming your mental and emotional state. Also, if you’re taking in too much negativity, then you’re taking on that energy vibration and inviting more of it into your life. I think that it’s ok to listen to some angry music sometimes and watch horror movies and whatever as long as you’re mindful of it and not doing it all the time. I think it’s a good idea to listen to some classical music to bring in more calming and balancing energy. You can also listen to music from Ryan David and that will also bring more peace and positive vibrations. God bless!
Ryan David Gaboury,
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I think it fits best into the Rock category. I’m also influenced by different styles like blues, pop and country. I think the sound is somewhere between the psychedelic rock sound from the 60’s and 70’s and the grunge/alternative sound from the 90’s.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I decided to shorten my full name Ryan David Gaboury and just go with Ryan David. I just thought it was a better stage name with a nicer ring to it.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I’ve always been heavily influenced by classic rock and really into Black Sabbath, The doors, led zeppelin and many others from that era. My guitar style is influenced by Metallica, Pantera, Motley Crue, Randy Roads and many of the greats in rock and roll. I’m also influenced by Nirvana and the 90’s grunge.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I’m working on promoting my music, getting airplay, networking and getting my name out there. I’m not that concerned with chasing fame though, I’m more about getting a message out there and fighting for causes that I believe in. I’m also working on music videos and looking for other musicians to collaborate with.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I want to keep true rock and roll alive and never let the true greats who started it all be forgotten. I never want the music to lose its soul by being replaced with machines and technology. I’m always going to draw inspiration from great music and truly great musicians.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I’m always looking for that sweet spot in my voice where it just flows without strain. I like doing my song “live and be free” because it’s fun for me to sing, and I also like doing the guitar solos. I always remember something Ray Manzerick from the doors talks about when he says musicians should focus on creating a “zen moment in time”, where time stands still and everyone can experience a higher consciousness.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
I’m an introverted personality. I’m not always that comfortable being in the limelight, but I also believe in challenging yourself and facing fears.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Doing meditation and going within to allow inspiration to flow.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I’ve used social media to get my music out there and gain a following from different countries all over the world. I think it’s important to network and talk with people, and give other artists feedback on their music.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I like playing a lot of music from “the doors” and I also play a lot of “Janis Joplin” because I like the power in her voice. I also like playing “Bob Marley” because he gives empowering and positive messages.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I would sit at my drawing board and loved to draw cartoon characters and would draw pictures for people that appreciated my work. I was also writing poetry and song lyrics since I was really young.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
You have to learn to have faith in the material you’re producing. Sometimes you might have a tendency to be overly critical of yourself. Just keep putting music out there and believe in it. Some people will get it and really like what you’re doing and some people might not. It’s good to listen to people’s feedback, but don’t be too concerned if someone doesn’t get it.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I wouldn’t allow songs filled with negative programming to dominate the airwaves.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think that everything is recycled material and there is actually nothing new under the sun. You can still find ways of being original by adding your personal flare. You can find your own style without being a copy cat.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I don’t want to be too concerned with my ego and personal gain. I heard it said that “you shouldn’t focus on how you can make one million dollars, but instead focus on how you can serve one million people” – quote by Ralph Smart.