Ryan Boyce Singer songwriter, formed The Artisan Thieves in 2012 with Mike Smith. Been slowly making our way to this point ever since.
Band Name: The Artisan Thieves
Songs to listen to ‘Hey Little Bird Sing’
Music Genre:: Good Music
Everyone is, or has been, a broken little bird. This song is about getting back up, healing and singing your song again. I wrote it because I met a friend who’s story moved me, compelled me even, to create something from an outside perspective. I felt like I could offer some encouragement and motivation and I felt like going as far as to incorporate and include that friend in the entire process was monumental. Not just for her, but me as well. This song came out exactly as I had envisioned it and heard it in my head, as the story was unfolding. Life has a soundtrack.
Song name: Shadow Of A Great Divide
This song is about desperation. Plain and simple. I created it, because I see it every day. My work involves traveling across a Sovereign Native American Reservation every day. I get to meet and interact with both Native Americans and descendants of new world settlers. Yes, there is still a great deal of animosity there. But the thing that interests me the most is the similarities in suffering and destitution. Poverty knows no race, creed, color or ethnicity. I’ve seen it all across this country. This song is my interpretation of what it may be like, based on my encounters with the places and faces there in the Shadow Of A Great Divide.
I live in Utah.
I spend most of my time raising a family, paying bills and living the dream. Occasionally I make pretty good music as well and I have a great band that makes it easy.
Who has been the most influential in your music and why?
I don’t know that there is any one individual who has impacted me the most, musically, rather a great collection of creative souls and free spirits, that have all been integral in helping me formulate exactly what I want to do with my stories. My influences range from Fredrick Chopin, to Johnny Cash, to Brandi Carlisle and everyone in between.
When did you know that this was the right path for you?
Here again, I don’t think it’s one moment. It’s a culmination of moments. The shows with Cracker, in 2015 and 2016 were monumental. Every time I send Smitty a new track and he responds, not only with some sick lead guitar work but an air of excitement, I can feel it. whenever I share this music with someone new, and they are taken back in awe that I made this or that I have this ability, that’s when I know it’s right. Most importantly, it’s in the way I feel when I finish a piece and I can listen to it on repeat for a 3-hour drive and just smile, thinking, wow, this is pretty neat.
What do you like most about what you do?
I like the challenge of pushing myself to continually hone my craft and get better. I enjoy expanding my vantage point and view and being open to trying some new things even when they’re uncomfortable. But I especially love to create mood and feeling with my art.
What do you most hope to accomplish with your influence?
I hope to be able to reach people and impact others, positively. That doesn’t always mean writing touchy, feel-good songs. It means relating, even in the darkest of times and through the most tumultuous of circumstances. Mostly, I hope to share this crazy ride with family, friends and loved ones and look back in amazement and appreciation and say “Look at what we did !”
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?
Being who I am and doing what I do is the greatest obstacle and I’m still learning how to overcome a lot of things, not the least of which are fear, inhibitions, doubt, and value in myself. To say I’ve overcome anything is a lie. I’m human. Being human is a constant evolution of adaptation. Making music is a vehicle through, that aids in that evolution.
What do you want people to remember most about you and your career?
Even nobody, nothing, from nowhere, can create and share great music and art.
What are you most looking forward to this next month?
Getting the singles released and prepping for the album/record to be released in March. Rehearsals and getting set to get out and share this music. Dialing it all in.
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