Ryan Keen – Interview

Published On September 26, 2013 | By Tom Sayer | Music & Nightlife Features

Ryan Keen is a bright star in the future of new acoustic music. Born and raised in Totnes, Devon he has a chilled-out seaside vibe to his music, which combines gentle melodies and impressive technical guitar playing, fitting somewhere between Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran, which is quite a comfortable place to be!

Having been lucky enough to see him perform at Wakestock Festival back in 2012, I can see and hear that he has come a long way over the last year and his self-funded shed recorded debut album, released on Monday 23rd September, is a must buy.

With his already well established fan base, his upcoming tour including Brighton’s Concorde 2 on October 6th is sure to be a hit so catch him across the UK this October if you can.

I was lucky enough to be able to ask him ten quick questions in amongst his busy schedule so here you are. Enjoy!


Q: If money was no object, what music video would you make?

A: Hmmm good question…. A music video in space I think!


Q: Do you feel like a different person on stage than you are walking down the street? Is it nice to not necessarily be recognized in public but then so well received when you are performing?

A: Yeah I guess but it’s a very different situation, I’m always happy to be on stage doing what I love! Yea it’s great, I’m not seeking fame but having good turn outs and good receptions at gigs is always humbling.


Q: Who did you have posters of on your wall when you were growing up?

A: Bob Marley and John Lennon


Q: What are your musical aspirations over the next five years?

A: I’d like to have achieved international success, and released another two albums (minimum!)


Q: Do you have any pre-gig rituals or lucky mascots?

A: Nothing unusual sorry! Just normal vocal warm ups etc


Q: Do you ever visualise your music videos when you’re playing those songs live?

A: I normally try to get back to where my head was at when I wrote the song, if I draw back to that emotion I think I perform the song better.


Q: Is there any artist in a different genre that you’d really like to work with?

A: I’d love to work with James Blake.


Q: What role do you think the internet has played in your success so far?

A: I haven’t been great with doing loads of YouTube videos or going viral but the Internet has been a great way for me to be able to speak directly with fans at any time. I’m always interacting with people on Twitter and Facebook and I love Instagram too.


Q: Do you usually write the music or the lyrics first?

A: It’s normally the music first but I quite often get a certain line/phrase/concept that will inspire the song.


Q: Finally, what was your first guitar, when did you get it and did you give it a name?

A: I got my first guitar on my 8th birthday, it was a 3/4 size classical guitar. I don’t think it ever got a name unfortunately!

Words by Tom Sayer


Ryan Keen
Concorde 2
6th October



About The Writer

Tom Sayer is a Music and Creative Writing graduate from Bangor University, born and raised in Hove. After completing an MA in Composition for Film he returned to his hometown and dived back into the local music scene, seeking out the best and freshest music to write about for welovebrighton. Tom's musical interests range from Acoustic and Indie to Film Music and Jazz and he hopes to one day write for a music magazine, so feel free to send in your job offers!