Certain paradigms in the world of electronic music cannot be entirely replicated, and the body of work by Ryan Farish deserves such an accolade. The decorated DJ, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist has touched innumerable hearts over the course of his career.
Although best described as downtempo or chillout, Farish’s music exists in a category all its own. By pairing rich instrumentals with elements of ambient and uplifting trance, he’s yielded a polished and unmistakable sound that resonates with a wide international audience. He’s garnered over 270 million streams across the major digital platforms.
His latest album that was released this past week, ‘Primary Colors' debuted at #3 on the iTunes dance chart and shows no signs of slowing up.
We got the chance to speak with Ryan as well as get an EXCLUSIVE 60 minutes guest mix to share with you and all his fans. Read the interview, and listen to the mix below!
What got you into making music, specifically Electronic Dance Music?
Ryan Farish: I've been playing music since the age of four and as early as I can remember, I've been working out melodies and writing. What led me to electronic music was the way it makes me feel. Music is communication. The sounds and sound design aspect of electronic music, the whole production side of it, really, has always interested me.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
Ryan Farish: It’s a long list, but early-on, The Pat Metheny Group, ATB and Enigma. Lately I've really been connecting with Above & Beyond, Ulrich Schnauss, Bonobo, Tycho, and Odessa.
Who are some artists you are listening to now?
Ryan Farish: Above & Beyond, Ulrich Schnauss, Bonobo, Illenium, and Four Tet.
For a new listener, what one or two tracks of yours would you recommend them listening to that you are most proud of?
Ryan Farish: “Northern Lights” and “Stories in Motion.”
Thanks for the mix! What goes into making a mix like this, and what are some songs in this mix that stand out to you?
Ryan Farish: The tracks from Tycho and Bonobo really stand out for me, mainly because they are really in the same musical space I'm exploring right now with the heavy use of analog equipment, acoustic instruments and Foley sounds, which are sound effects named for the audio-effects artist, Jack Foley.
What are some things you like to do in spare time when not making music?
Ryan Farish: `Riding my electric skateboard (Boosted Board) and riding my motorcycle. Both of these two activities get me out of the studio and keep me inspired.
What does the fall season have in store for you?
Ryan Farish: My new album, Primary Colors (Black Hole), just came out on November 3 and it debuted at #3 on the iTunes charts! I'm really excited about this album. It’s the album I've always wanted to make. It's music that moves me personally and follows no trends. Making this album and working with everyone involved has been one of the best experiences for me in music so far.
Since our mix is called “the recipe,” here are some food questions.
Favorite home-cooked meal?
Ryan Farish: Tacos. The ones we make are pretty epic, I must admit.
Favorite Junk Food?
Ryan Farish: Bavarian Cream-filled donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts.