We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Art and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what principle do you value most?
Honesty. As an artist my work is intrinsically linked to who I am, my worldview, life and moral philosophies, and the message I want to spread. It’s hard to share that vulnerability with someone who just can’t go the distance or is putting on an act.
I LOVE collaboration and it’s easier to get in the zone and create with people I’d want/have as friends.
And like anyone in the entertainment industry, I’ve been taken advantage of god-knows-how-many times
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a loud, proud, and marvelous outsider. It’s been a hell of a journey and I’ve gone by so many job titles and create in whatever medium tells the story that needs to be told. When I was tone deaf I wrote poetry. Poetry became rap. I “mixed” for other YouTube artists in GarageBand back when I was 13. I bought a keyboard to learn how to produce, and was terrible for a very long time. I picked up bass guitar to be in a band with my best friend in high school, and was terrible for a very long time (but this time with proof on YouTube if you know how to find it). I’ve screamed in a pop-punk band, played bass with a pop-country act, done scores for short films, programmed/ran lights for a wedding band, shot and edited music videos, was a karaoke/trivia host, and ran sound at house shows and festival sets among many other artistic side hustles — but they aren’t side hustles, all of that is the “Ryan Art” brand. I’m a creator, problem-solver, do-er, & outsider.
Currently I run a studio & diy venue in the Katy/Houston area, front The Marvelous Outsiders, recently started a YouTube channel, RyanArtTMO, and started an art collective to connect and help artists I’m close with and believe in have access to whatever resources they need.
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’m so bad at this. Take em around the graffiti walls and taking some pics, gotta hit Mico’s to see how hot they can handle, Amy’s for a warm brownie sundae, The Secret Group for a show or event (Nerf tournament again when?), and really the beauty of Houston is I can find anything to do any night of the week pretty easily. Most of my friends are musicians so I’d definitely have a jam session planned and we can hit one of the million open mics around town.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The friend in 4th grade who gave me Jay-Z’s The Black Album and showed me there was music I actually liked
Family friend & Sound Engineer Meaux Windhorst who’s worked with to many legendary artists to name who made audio look badass
Cousin, singer for The Ramblin’ Boys, & for a while the only person in my family who was also obsessed with music, Bobby Parrott
Rapper Cryptic Wisdom for giving me the best advice for my music I’ve ever gotten — “If you don’t like listening to it, why would anyone else?”
Jeremy Hatcher — an engineer and producer who gave me my first dip into the professional music world, mixed Source Act’s record for a shoestring budget and was a really motivating force.
Professors John Bertram (HCC) & Nathan Adam (Belmont University) for making me fall in love with the science of audio and just generally being fantastic educators.
Then all of the amazing people I’ve met and become friends with through running my studio, booking, & being in bands, especially Joule & Crow from Source Act, Mr. Nobody, Vicky G, Haunted Like Human, Santana Garcia, Sky Orchid, Something Else, KARLTONY, Darius Mines, Nick Neverodd, & Karina Magallon