Interview – IRYS

I recently included the track Ride Or Die by IRYS in a round-up review and playlist of songs from different genres and artists. IRYS has a great alt-pop sound to her music, so make sure you check it out if you like what you read below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Ride or Die, which we reviewed. What can you tell us
about this song, and where can it be purchased?

Ride or Die is a song I wrote about a toxic relationship. I was with someone who confused love
with mind games, and it was pretty exhausting. I remember reading about toxic relationships later, and I realized, “Wait a minute, this is exactly what I experienced!” I could make sense of
everything in retrospect and just had to write that story off my chest. It had something cathartic to it, and I hope that comes across.

Oh, and you can listen to Ride or Die on all streaming platforms, and there is also a music video!

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Actually quite the opposite! I got a lot done during this crazy time, and the lockdown situation
helped me focus on my project and write lots of music. I am usually all out and about, so for me, it was good to be able to focus on my work.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

This differs from song to song! Often I have a melody in my head and then sit down to get it into my DAW, and build a song from there. Or I start with a beat and a bassline and then find the right vocals for it. Or I just play some chords on my guitar.

I like to experiment with the writing process, and I guess it keeps the work fresh to try different approaches. For example, I recently started a track inspired by an industrial noise I heard in a movie. However, my lyrics are usually the last thing I add. When working on a song, the words just come by themselves.

Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

I honestly like the concept of releasing singles, and that’s what I do for now; but I also want to
share a more extensive body of work, which I’m currently working on. I’ll probably share it in the form of an EP later this year.

Do you plan to release any singles soon?

Absolutely! When I started my project, I planned to release a single every two weeks, which was not doable. I want to release music regularly, but I also like to deliver quality, so I usually give a song a bit of time before releasing it. Having a new single out all two months is something I want to stick to in 2022!

Whereabouts are you based, and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I am based in Berlin, and Berlin is, of course, a good place for electronic music and techno. I
moved here with my acoustic guitar and then fell in love with electronic music and the sound
world that opened up to me by living and going out in Berlin. Berlin is a music city, so you can find all kinds of genres here, but electronic music is what I associate this city with first and foremost.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I’m often inspired by movies and get song ideas from visuals or moods I pick up. I also like to
check out new music regularly, but I am not bound to a particular genre. Still, for me, good music needs to be bold, memorable, and a bit dark; I don’t like happy or trivial music. Recently I listened to Nasser, BONES, and Dax.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not yet, unfortunately, ’cause there was no reliable planning possible due to the pandemic. I want to play shows soon, but it’s also okay for me to build something online first and then go live as soon as this whole concert situation is more relaxed.

What can people expect from one of your shows, and why should people come and see you
perform live?

A good show should create magic, which in my opinion, happens when three things come
together: a great performance, some surprise moments, and a special vibe between the artist and the audience. The last thing is maybe most important. This is what I want to create!

I want people to leave my shows feeling energetic and better than they felt before. I love to
connect with people that way, giving them a good feeling or energy; whether through my music or in everyday life.

Any last words for the fans?

I am super grateful for all the love and support I’ve gotten since I started my project, and I
appreciate everyone who has been part of my journey so far! I just started, and there is much
more to come. 2022 will be exciting!