Aug 15

“Open Your Heart To Its Destiny”




They say that a flower needs water to grow. The same applies to nourishing an individual’s aptitude, whether it be intellectual, athletic, or musical. Some people spend their entire lives searching for their true “calling.” It’s a very rewarding and illuminating process, with exponential benefits, when this calling is found early on in life. Some are more fortunate than others and upon self-realizing their purpose, they are able to focus all of their energies towards honing the craft of their destiny. Ryan Farish was one of the ones lucky enough to hear this calling and answer it. I caught up with this talented young man to get the inside scoop on his new album “Destiny” and what his journey to this point has taught him.


Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Norfolk, VA, and I grew up in and around Norfolk in what is called the Hampton Roads area of VA.


Were any of your immediate family members musically-inclined?

Yes, my mother is a piano teacher, and my grandmother was a self taught pianist and organist.


Did you play any instruments growing up? Were you ever in a band?

Yes, I started with music when I was four, with the violin. I studio violin for 13 years, and picked up the piano when I was about 10, and the drums when I was 14. I played in various bands/groups all through high school and college, everything from Rock bands, Reggae Bands, and Jazz groups.


What were some of your favorite groups/artists when you were younger?

The Pat Metheny Group, RUSH, Sting, Eric Johnson, Bob Marley.


What inspired you to start producing music?

When I was very young, maybe around the age of 9 or 10, I remember sitting down at the piano in the living room and composing my first song…from there I would take two tape recorder/boom boxes, and use them as a multi track tape recorder. I would rec the drums first on one boom box, then I would sit the two close together, press play on the first boom box with the drums recorded, and press play, while I would play along with the piano, letting all that sound be recorded on the second boom box/recorder. Then in high school for Christmas one year I got a KORG keyboard with a sequencer. Life has never been the same. ;0)


What kind of equipment did you start with?

I started with a few synths, and a Roland VS1680. I still have this 1680, it’s a dinosaur but I can’t part with it for sentimental reasons now.


Did you get into trouble as a kid? (only discuss if the statute of limitations has run out ;)

No I didn’t get into any trouble as a kid, I think it’s because when I wasn’t in school, I was either practicing music or having band practice with my buddies in our bands. I always felt really bored in school, didn’t make great grades really, just average… I spent most of my time in school working on getting my band another gig, or day dreaming about rec music.


Describe your most memorable experience at an EDM event/festival where you were a guest and not an artist. 

ATB in D.C. at Glow. Andre’s music was probably the first trance album I ever bought, it was his album called “Dedicated”. So, after listening all these years it was very special to me to see him DJ, close to my home town.


Do you enjoy producing or DJing more?

That’s a tough call, because my recordings have been heard more than my DJ sets at this point, but I’d have to say that since 5 hours can slip by in a flash doing either for me, it’s probably an equal passion for me.


What about EDM speaks to you directly?

Uplifting, positive music. Music to me, is all about helping lift ourselves to that special place where we can forget about all the real world things that we all go through. Music is a language, and therefore when we play/create music, just like when we choose our words, we should have something positive to say, and strive to contribute something meaningful to share with those listening.


Do you believe that there are therapeutic applications of music? Please explain. 

Absolutely. In fact I often receive a message from people who study this aspect of music. Again, just as positive, encouraging words can be therapeutic, music obviously speaks to the heart and soul of all of us. Its a powerful force.


You just released your album “Destiny.” What was the creative process like for you and is there any personal significance to the title?

The recording process was similar to all my albums from the past few years. I’ll usually create about 100 songs, will find which ones have melodies and aspects to them that I think are forming together to create a real album experience. I’ll meet with a few of the vocalists, we’ll talk about making music, ideas, vision, then I’ll start to send the ideas I have to them… and then it all takes shape from there.


You incorporate a wide spectrum of styles on your album, “Destiny.” What was the selection process like for deciding who to collaborate with for it?

Well, deciding who to collaborate now is getting a little harder than it used to be, because everyone I work with is so talented, and there are only a limited amount of songs I have started, so I have to carefully choose which song I think will work best and compliment both myself and the vocalist in the best way.


I know you’ve got to be partial to all of the tracks, but are there a few that instantly overwhelm your mind with happiness?

Yes, “Good Day Sunshine”, “Brave”, “Heart of Valor”, “Round and “Round” “The Great Divide” and “Infinite” are my favorites from the album, but they all are special to me in their own way.


The track list has some extremely vivid and profound titling involved. Is there a thematic inspiration that was channeled or a specific emotion that you were aiming to evoke?

No, I spend a lot of time thinking of titles, because in almost every case I title the song before lyrics or any vocals are added… so the title really sets the songs direction in motion, and I do love lots of imagery in the lyrics.


Did the tracks start off unnamed when they were being produced or did you have a particular framework in mind for each, considering the title?

They usually don’t have a name until I’m close to rendering the first draft out to play for my vocalist. It’s at that point that I really give a lot of thought to the title, because it will most of the time decide on the lyrical direction the song will take.


Where in the creative timeline was the title track produced? How did you celebrate after it was mastered?

The title track was created about halfway thru the album…I don’t remember celebrating for more than probably a couple minutes, I’m always just like now “onto the next” ;)


What about performing excites you the most?

Meeting the fans, and leading a room to just an incredible experience with the music. Giving the songs new life, and the mix of leading and serving the room with the music.


What’s your dream gig?

It would really mean a lot to me if I ever shared the stage with ATB for a min ;)


If you could collaborate with any artist, throughout time, who would it be and why?

That’s really a hard question… there are so many great artists that I’ve admired over the years.


If you had to do something outside of the music industry, what would it be?

Attorney. I enjoy contracts and business in general, intellectual property, etc.


What’s the coolest hobby you’ve never tried but have always wanted to?

Pilot an airplane. Just yesterday I actually spoke with an instructor, and this fall I’m going to work on getting my pilots license.


People often wonder “where all the momentum behind an album comes from.” Often times, the global hype machine has a hand in things and does some creative marketing to get the buzz going, but sometimes (and these times normally have the most impact) the artist simply stands being the passion and the intensity that they used to create their album and the work speaks for itself. Ryan Farish has pulled together a masterful collection of tracks on “Destiny.” He invites you to open your ears and take a journey that part of you already knows you want to take.