We had the good fortune of connecting with Riley Lynch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Riley, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve been creative for as long as I can remember. When I was young I was bit by the music bug, and now at 24 I am still just as invested in this world as I was then! I started writing my own music at 13, but have been musical since the day I was born.
For me, I always have wanted more for myself. Working the typical 9 to 5 has never worked for me and always seemed to derail my mental health, no matter what avenue I went down. I was desperate to be able to live my life on my own terms and detail my life experiences through writing and recording, and that’s exactly what I did. Music has allowed me to connect with so many people over the years, and for that I am so grateful.
My experience as an artist and in the world of music has been the most rewarding, exhausting, transformative, stressful, and beautiful part of my life. With all of the trials and tribulations that come along with it, and believe me there are a lot, I have never had any intention of making a departure from this life anytime soon. I am truly just getting started.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My music draws inspiration from a lot of places. In terms of genre I’d say it’s pop-rock, but that puts it in a box that I’m trying to stay away from. I am constantly growing and evolving as a human and that will always be reflected in my music. I think that’s what sets me apart from others. You can hear the growth in the music both lyrically and sonically. I’m so excited to continue to build upon my past music with my next set of releases coming out this year, I’m really proud of these songs.
It was definitely not easy to get here, I have been playing trial and error with myself since I started writing music at 13. It’s a process. I’m 24 now and I’m just starting to feel like I’m stepping into my potential as an artist. I keep pushing no matter how discouraging it can get in this industry, and that resilience has been key for me.
I think something I would want the world to know about me is this. I started releasing music when I was 14, was a contestant on The XFactor USA at 15, was touring by 16, and had to do all of that growing up in front of a large audience. I felt like I was playing a role at the time. Coming out as LGBTQIA+ at 18 to all of those people was petrifying but also majorly relieving. That was a hugely transformative experience for me and I had to completely pivot as an artist. From that point on I vowed to give myself the freedom to be unapologetically myself. The person/musician I am today is a direct result of that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I actually just moved here, so honestly, it would be me that needed to be taken out for the best time ever. I think I’d go with the beach, you can’t go wrong with that. Plus the food is amazing, I’ve been trying out different vegan places. Kitchen Mouse is a cool spot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to shoutout my family, my partner, and manager.
My family has always been so incredibly supportive of my journey as an artist. My Mom was actually the first one to suggest I go meet with a vocal coach and she even set up those lessons for me. Having my family always believe so deeply in my abilities as a writer and performer have given me such a beautiful foundation for my artistry. I have always felt loved, supported, and most importantly, that my music is not a pipe dream and rather a valid career prospect. I feel very fortunate to have them all as a support system, and I know that is not the case for many artists.
I also want to give a gigantic shout out my incredible fiancé Tyler and my manager Shannon Roc of Roc Management. Both are wildly important fixtures in my life who have done nothing but support me and given me the space to grow both as a person and as an artist.