Get to know Azure Ryder, an expat Aussie artist currently calling London home.
Hot on the heels of the release of her first ever single ‘Dizzy’, we find out which artists she loves, how she got her start in music, who’s her inspiration and, most importantly, whether she’s a crunchy or smooth girl.
01. Name : Azure Ryder (Pronounced Ahh-zoo-ree) 😊
02. Where are you based? I am originally from Sydney’s Northern Beaches but am currently based out of London, UK.
03. How did you get your start in music? Although no one in my family was directly involved in music I was always surrounded by it from a very young age. My mum and dad played me a lot of Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield growing up, while my brother made it his mission to educate me on R&B and hip hop at which I became very familiar with the likes of Tupac and Beyonce.
And so began my fascination with music; in kindergarten my parents put me in my primary school church choir and that ultimately led me to where I am today!
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Storyteller, heartfelt, dreamy, effortless, distinctive.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My heart has always been with the classics, you know the songs that never leave you, every time you hear them they still affect you like the first time you heard them, they are timeless. That has always been a goal of mine, wanting to create music that spoke to people now and still did so in 10, 20 years and beyond.
Folk music was my first love, a song with a story entangled in a beautiful melody. I call that heaven. I also grew up singing in church and immersed myself in the energy that moves with that sweet sweet soulful gospel and the enchantment of a choir, layered harmonies, magic.
So there began my quest to combine the story, a melody, and a groove. I always wanted to draw from everything I loved about the classics, everything I love about folk and sprinkle it in something golden, something fresh.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? The moment when music truly became the biggest part of me was when I was about five years old my mum and dad heard me singing from the bathroom. As you do get excited by the simplest things as a child like the acoustics in the bathroom… the echo mesmerised me, so I sang away as I felt my voice echo off the walls, and I guess through them too because not long after that my parents put me in my primary school church choir. This was where I first really found my voice and realised the complete power of music, its ability simply magic. I was going to be a singer from that day forward.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Bruce Springsteen has always been a big inspiration for me. His energy electric, his voice so distinctive and his words are raw and gutsy.
I think Norah Jones is proof that a voice and piano can be just as powerful, if not more so than a massive production, her music is every bit sultry, soft and dreamy.
Matt Corby… he’s something transcendent to me and I have forever been captivated by this divine nature that flows so effortlessly through his musical world. His music is honey to me and his voice that I can only describe of an angel – blurring lines between folk, gospel, psychedelic soul, rhythm and blues. Listen and you’ll be lost in it.
Lastly Fleetwood Mac and my ULTIMATE inspiration Stevie Nicks, a presence that is every bit mystical, poetic and distinctive, a true icon to me on and off stage, MAGIC.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Without any doubt in my mind ‘Dancing In The Dark’ and ‘I’m On Fire’ by Bruce Springsteen, ‘Resolution’ By Matt Corby and ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac and my greatest muse Stevie Nicks. These songs hit me straight in the heart are the perfectly tempered salted caramel chocolate, raw, poetic, gutsy, distinctive and electric… ultimately timeless.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Headphones in walking through busy streets or into the arms of nature, the energy of the music enters your body and flows through your step! You know when you feel like you’re in a movie sometimes, like a soundtrack to life!
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? Harry Styles and Justin Bieber.
Introspective? Matt Corby & Bon Iver.
Exhausted? ~ Kacey Musgraves (By the end of the album I have found my energy again!) and Norah Jones (If I am happy to surrender to my exhaustion and sink into silky bliss).
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Hmm if I remember correctly it was most probably a Hilary Duff album. My first ever concert was Hilary Duff when I was eight years old and boy did I think that was wild haha.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I am absolutely obsessed with boxing!! Whenever I mention it to people they usually seem quite shocked haha. For me it is the ultimate form of exercise physically and mentally, your mind and body can’t be anywhere else but in that moment.
I like to think of it as my active form of meditation. Ooh and I can’t go a day without peanut butter… crunchy of course!!
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? If music wasn’t an option I would find a way to make it one. I can’t imagine breathing in the world without music, it literally holds my entire heart and every day that feeling gets stronger, and I become more determined to help people as much as I can through my music, I know that’s my purpose.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Keep pushing, be open, it takes time and endless hard work and commitment. Keep your eyes and your heart on your purpose and live through each step no matter the direction. Also always be grateful for the people that surround you in belief and support.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Holy moly this entire journey is a highlight! I am so beyond grateful that this adventure is mine.
From my manager finding me at a music festival in Byron Bay, flying between Australia, UK and America writing with some of the best and deeply passionate humans, building the most wonderful supportive team around me and finally releasing my first story out into the world, wow it’s a feeling my heart can’t handle.
Every step, whether it’s been a leap or a stumble, it’s all happened for a reason, and I want to highlight all of it.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Probably going into writing sessions with complete strangers and going from “Hey! How are you?” to “What’s your deepest darkest secret??” I liken it to extreme speed dating sometimes.
These sessions can go two ways if a connection is or isn’t there, and on any given day the energy could be high or low but there is a beauty in each of those experiences. Good or bad you learn and you grow and you leave with the open heart you came with.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? I am inspired by so so many incredible artists in the world and admire the paths they have walked but nobody really knows that life like they do so I would never wish to be anyone but myself, or on any other journey but my own.
I really believe where we are is meant for only us, and I would never want to jump into someone else’s shoes because I didn’t make those steps myself, I will make them in my own time and I am so grateful to experience and learn from this adventure with my own eyes.
18. Tell us about your latest release. Aaah I can’t believe I finally get to talk about my first every release!! It’s called ‘Dizzy’ and I wrote it with my dearest magical music partner Chris Collins when I was back in Sydney last year.
At the time we were both navigating through some challenging times and I wanted the whole song to reflect the rollercoaster of emotion that had us flying one minute and falling the next.
The melody rises and falls with the story; it’s my representation of life, the adventure of the unknown that can have us upside down, sideways or standing tall. Each of those steps are important and the sooner we accept and embrace them the sooner we will find our strength and trust in the journey!!
19. What do your future plans involve? Now that I have opened my heart I’m not stopping now! I’m so excited that I have my first EP coming out very very sooooon!! And second one ready to follow!
We can’t ever really say what is beyond the present moment and that’s the magic of it, but hopefully I’ll be dancing around the world with a voice of change and connection as I continue on this crazy journey always growing, and learning with an audience that is evolving with me too.
I want to have created a beautiful world of music for people to find themselves in. A space that allows anyone listening to my music to take their emotions to every place imaginable. Feelings have no limits and music allows for that freedom. I want to remind them that it is okay to feel everything, it’s okay to be human, it’s okay to feel alive!!!
20. Where can our audience catch you live? You’ll know when I do!! That is currently all in the works but it will be super soon!! I am bursting to get out and perform. It’s the most important thing to me, it’s fire… the highest love.
I am going to take everything out on that stage, and give every piece of myself to the audience. This voice is for them, my stories I give to them, and I am going to work my hardest to show them the best live representation of that because beyond everything else, connection is the most powerful thing we have as humans. So watch my socials for announcements on where you can catch me live very soon! Yeeee Haaawww!!!
WEBSITE : https://www.azureryder.com/
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/azureryder/
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/azureryder/
TWITTER : https://twitter.com/AzureRyder
YOUTUBE : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSND27Y9hrSQFAd6Y0Jw0eA