RYA PARK is the indie new comer ready to name and shame a past lover with her sultry new tune Billy. Rya Park is ready to make her mark and she's unapologetic in her road to getting there. Dropping the track on October 6, Rya holds her own in the accompanying video - perched alone and singing direct to camera. It's personal and direct while meaning a whole lot of business.
With new shows ahead in November, Rya explains her passion for live performance say "[it's] definitely one of my favourite things about making music...to be able to share the music you've been working on live with fans is just such a unique experience".
Billy is a song that leaves you wanting just a little bit more; much like Rya Park herself.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat! How’s 2017 been treating you so far?
This year has gone so fast and has been an absolute blast. Being in the studio recording my EP with Peter Farnan, was such a fantastic experience and I seriously loved every moment. I’ve been performing lots with my band around town and am really looking forward to going on tour in November!
Your debut track Billy is an entrance that pulls no punches, how has it changed over the writing and recording process?
It hardly changed at all. Normally I pull apart my lyrics but for Billy it all just came out very organically onto the page and I just really liked the way I could say exactly what I thought without holding back. Within the recording process it changed slightly in some sections. Peter and I were definitely on the same page with the recording process as we didn’t want my music to be overproduced at all. Some parts of the song he would just press record and say “do something”. That’s what actually formed one of the sections in the song!
It’s clearly written with someone in mind, did knowing they might hear the song affect it in any way?
At the time of writing it, it had actually been a few years since I’d spoken to that person and in a way I did really want to grab their attention. I thought about changing the name a lot because I was nervous about it being so direct but in the end I just loved the concept of it being so raw and honest and about a real person.
With this being your first official single, were you nervous about the best song for the job? Were there others in the running or was Billy always going to be the debut?
There was definitely another song in the running, however I think Billy painted the best picture for the vibe that I wanted to put out there as my first song. It’s dark, it’s moody and knowing that it was slightly left of field made me want to release it first. I like to think of it as a bit of a teaser into my musical world rather than my “best song”.
I’m a huge fan of the video for this track: straight to the point and unashamed to take up space, kudos! How did you find the process?
Thankyou! Dan Howe was the director for the film clip and we had an incredible time planning the shoot. He’s seen me perform so many times so he knew exactly what I meant when I said I wanted to create a mood and vibe for the video rather than depict a certain storyline. The process was very simple but still very well and clearly thought out. I was so excited to get behind the camera though! I loved it.
How has it felt so far to perform this track live and to get feedback straight away from the audience?
It was amazing to be able to perform the song live. The feedback I have received for Billy so far has been incredible. It’s really humbling when you can feel that people are just rooting for you!