Songwriter Ryan Boyce talks about Connection and Overcoming Challenges
I’m your typical working-class hero. I’ve never really known a life that wasn’t labor-intensive. I’m an oilfield truck driver, the two most loathed industries on earth. (At least until it’s realized that modern-day life doesn’t exist without both.)
I’ve raised a family and paid my dues, no more or less than anyone else. The music I make now is essentially my legacy, my journal, proof of my existence. My songs are my stories and those of many other people and places. I’m not a career musician, and I probably never will be, but I share my art, nonetheless, because I think it matters to people. In terms of music, I think it’s important to create and share something of commonality and relatability, a tangible feeling that helps us all get through the day.
It’s about the Connection
I love the connection. I love the response. I love to interact with someone who just listened to ‘Shadow Of A Great Divide’ and drops into my DMs to tell me how they felt so connected to that song. Like, I could literally feel their pain. But, I could also feel their love, respect, and appreciation for my work and my willingness to share it. Relatability. Commonality. That’s the stuff. That’s why I do it.
What would you like people to get from your music?
I hope that I can help listeners remember that it’s okay to feel vulnerable. You don’t need permission, and you certainly don’t need to provide an explanation or apology. I think that’s where we’ve all come a little bit off the rails. I mean, it’s okay; we’re all just human. But look, we’re neither due nor owed one damn thing, and I think we get carried away arguing that we are. I want to move and stir people with my music, hopefully, in a beneficial and positive direction.
Easily, my self-esteem and perception are challenged when I create and release music. I think that’s true with most artists, even if they don’t show it. Listen, everyone wants to be acknowledged, appreciated, and loved. EVERYONE. But it’s a far more difficult proposition, looking in the mirror. Just being honest with myself and accepting my limitations is a big hurdle. But you can overcome limitations. The culmination of small steps equals great bounds. So, baby steps. That’s how we overcome anything, really.
Well, I’ve already established and proven myself in my working career. Musically or artistically, I’d like people to remember that I was exactly what I said I was, and I made no excuses or apologies. If they remember my music, that pretty swell too.
Truthfully, I’m just hoping we can all get back to some semblance of normalcy. I have no idea what next month will be like. The best I can do is be there for it, good or bad.
Indie Music Release : Volatile Hearts Collide
Pop, Rock, Alt-Country
My newest indie music single, Volatile Hearts Collide was ultimately created because I’m tired. Exhausted. I’m so disheartened at the level of disdain we’ve collectively reached as a people and culture. I mean, everywhere I turn, it’s a pissing match, over everything. Whether it be love, politics, religion, race, or anything else, everything has just become this swollen, infected argument, and it just discourages me. But, having said that, I fully realize that as an artist, I have the opportunity to encourage listeners to recognize the same or similar things in life that I do and realize that love, given any circumstances, is hard. “Brace For Impact.”
I live just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
I’d love to say I spend a lot of time outdoors or hitting the nightlife scene like I used to, but the truth is I don’t. And it isn’t even because of the pandemic or the social-cultural response to it. The fact is, I’m old and tired. Lol. I work 5 or 6 nights a week, so I’m ready to chill out and decompress by the time days off roll around. However, I do spend a great deal of time with my girls, and I’m learning to enjoy things they enjoy, simply for the chance to maintain the feeling of living in my home. It’s been lost a time or two, but I’ve really been making an effort lately. I also read and write a lot, hence where these songs come from.
Who influences your songwriting the most?
Well, it goes without saying that there are plenty of artists that influence my taste and brand. Just go check out some of my playlists on Spotify (ryanboyce1974). I always say that no music, life, know music, and life. Take it all in.
So, this will sound like an attempt to kiss ass, but it’s not. It’s just the truth.
Jacqueline Jax has been the single most impactful and influential individual in my musical endeavors to date. No one has been more personally invested (after the business dealings) in my music and art. No one has been more inspirational. Jax pushes me beyond my perceived personal limits and self-deprecating restraints all the time, every time. She understands and empathizes with my situations and encourages me to use my shortcomings as artillery and keep creating and battling. I fall so short of her expectations most times, but she NEVER let’s govern our relationship, in business, or as friends, and she NEVER stops pushing me to keep going and keep fighting.
Truthfully, were it not for Jax and her people, I’d likely have quit this music shit a long, LONG time ago. Jacqueline Jax has been instrumental and integral in realizing my value as an artist, and more importantly, worth as a human being. She’s on a very, very short list of those who I consider “the good ones” in this business.
I’d say it was when Zed and I recorded and released The Crucible EP. Jacqueline really pushed and promoted The Salt and Virginia because she felt really strongly about their merit. I came away from that entire endeavor like, “Holy shit! I can actually write some pretty good stuff.” To me, that was when I knew I was onto it. Since then, it’s become such an enjoyable pastime for me. It’s never been about the money. It never will be. But the satisfaction in myself and my efforts is just awesome. Even in the stuff I’ve missed on or failed at. Of course, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get totally hyped every time some old so and so, from back in the day, reaches out to say how fucking awesome my music is, and they had no idea I was talented. That’s pretty cool too.
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