30 seconds interview: Ryan Teague

Ryan-Teague

Minimalist composer Ryan Teague draws out the natural spaces within his music, using electronic and acoustic instruments to sketch out his vision.

From hypnotic guitars to chiming melodies, Ryan’s soundscapes bring to mind the wistful worlds of contemporaries Nils Frahm and Emeralds.

But his music carries another dimension too, aided by his time spent the ways of Gamelan music-making in Indonesia.

Through a series of contemplative record releases, film and TV scores – plus a high profile sync with Apple for an iPad Air advert – the music of this Bristol-based composer is gently seeping into our consciousness.

With his latest album Block Boundaries out now, we spent 30 seconds with him to learn more…

I first started writing music because…
I assumed that’s what you did when you learned an instrument. It was certainly more obvious to me than learning other people’s songs.

I have been making music since…
I picked up an instrument – unofficially from about nine years old, officially from about 11.

My music is…
Escapism and a place where I’m in total control.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
Steve Reich, Jon Hopkins, Max Richter, Nils Frahm.

My favourite venue is…
It’s all about the energy and atmosphere, and that can happen anywhere.

Music is important because…
It has infinite forms and infinite stories to tell.

My biggest inspiration is…
The endless possibilities.

My dream collaboration would be…
Put it this way, I’m slightly disappointed I didn’t guest on the recent Pink Floyd album.

To try me out, listen to my song…
That’s presumably a typo and should read ‘songs’…

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
A more balanced person and healthier all round I imagine.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Pleased with what I’ve done whilst continuing to move forward.

http://ryanteague.com/

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