Road To Global 12: Ryan Koriya

Written by Eli Sulaiman

We’re gearing up for one of the biggest highlights to Summer 2017: The Global 12 Festival. The festival is run by Shodement, who focus on the creation of the future music industry and development of artists emerging in the current space. Since launching, the talent network has grown to over 3 million combined views around the world and its creative agency arm has executive on the platform that delivered campaigns for major brands including Vogue, Adidas, Universal Music, Sony Music and SBTV.

In the evening of the festival, 12 artists from around the world will be performing, or I should say, competing to become Global Artist of the Year. Frequency 21 will be introducing all twelve in the months running up to event. Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to one of the acts who will be performing at Global 12: Ryan Koriya.

We were lucky to be able to ask singer-songwriter and producer, Ryan Koriya, a few questions. Ryan says his, “collective genre is called Passion Pop“. It’s comprised of sounds that include Folk/Rugged Folk, Acoustic/Rock, Pop and Dance. The reason why he calls his genre Passion Pop, a tailor-made name for him, is because whether he’s performing intimately to a room of a dozen people or at an arena stage/festival, he always brings 100% emotional dedication to his performances.

It’s no surprise that when Ryan gives 100% emotion and passion into his performances and work, his lyrics play a large role in carrying out the emotion. We asked Ryan in terms of his lyrical content, what inspires him to write? He replies, “My lyrics are a way to paint pictures that help carry emotions from within the song to the listener. My imagery tends to use nature and the sky as inspiration. Stars, space, sunshine, clouds, rain, dandelions, butterflies and so on.” (Examples: Ballrooms In The Sky, Starwalker, Drowning in Space and Chocolate Sunset.)

Ryan also has a much darker sound that delves deeper into personal issues such as heartbreak, loneliness and yearning. (Examples: Mirrors Don’t Work In The Dark, Lonely Dancer, Ghostrider and Dark Days.)

Check out his music video for Drowning In Space here!:

Credit: Ryan Koriya


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