Hey Rya, loving your new track ‘Bad Name’! Can you tell us a little bit about this one?
Hello! Thank you so much. This song is about an ex that was just a tad too controlling for my liking. I wanted to write a badass song to regain the power that I’d lost from the relationship.
‘Bad Name’ was produced by Ed Quinn (Slum Sociable) + Peter Farnan, and you got The Temper Trap’s Toby Dundas in on drums and mixing duties. What was it like working with these guys and how did this come about?
They’re all super amazing to work with. I’ve worked with Peter on a number of tracks now and we just gel so well together. I met Ed last year and this was the first song that we ever wrote together and we both knew it was going to be a single straight away. As for Toby, I had done a couple of writing sessions with him and I needed to find a drummer to work with. His name popped into my head and my manager said you can try but I know he’s a busy guy! Long story short Toby was really stoked to be a part of the project and it was so nice having him there throughout the process.
Your sound has been likened to an array of different artists including Lana Del Rey and even The Arctic Monkeys – who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
Lana Del Ray and The Arctic Monkeys are spot on, however, I grew up listening to a lot of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Missy Higgins. I was also super into The Red Hot Chili Peppers, PJ Harvey and Oasis growing up. I have a huge mix of influences.
In your music, you often explore themes of toxic relationships, heartbreak, mental health etc. How are you doing at the moment given the current situation of the world, and do you have any tips for artists/creatives currently self-isolating?
Ah, this is such a refreshing question. Thank you for asking. I’m not doing super well at the moment. I just came out The Melbourne Clinic and am trying to get back into a normal routine, which is proving difficult in the climate we are living in right now. Things that are helping me feel a bit more grounded at the moment is cooking, exercise and doing online songwriting sessions with some friends.
Once this all blows over, what Festivals are on your bucket list, to either perform at or just to attend?
I would love to perform at Coachella and Glastonbury. If I ever do that I will do a nudie run into the water and feel free hahaha.
You actually grew up in Singapore after moving from London, and now you’re based in Melbourne, yeah! What an awesome upbringing! What do you remember about the local music scenes from your time living abroad?
I was too young to appreciate or understand the music scene as such in Singapore but they had a lot of jazz bars that family and friends used to go to when they visited. Other than that I just went to see my favourite international artists playing in stadiums.
And what are your favourite things about the Melbourne music scene?
I would have to say the variety. One night I might be watching a punk lineup, the next a folk festival and then indie rock, then rap another night.
Finally, what’s next for Rya Park? Any upcoming releases, shows, special collabs you can fill us in on?
This year I’ll be releasing about 10 songs and I’ve only released Bad Name so far. The next single will be out at the end of May!