Q&A Scene: Ryan Meeking

Tell us about your new single ‘Endless Run’?

Endless Run started as a beat from somewhere out in the darkness. It’s one of the first songs born from a new writing approach for me, blending production and songwriting from the beginning, searching for a sound to accompany the mood before getting into the details. When I wrote Endless Run I was thinking a lot about how the song made me feel physically. Every choice was made asking, ‘Is this making me feel like I’m there? Back in the festival crowd, lost in time? Invincible, conquering the moment, spouting honesties, waving the party banner?’

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Of mine? Well, Endless Run is the only solo track I’ve released at this point and it’s certainly a favourite child, but there are a lot of others I can’t blow the lid on just yet. Of stuff I’ve been involved in? Whitaker’s 5,000,000,000 Years is fun – but prepare yourself for the new music coming from that group soon. Of someone else’s? I guess Escher did some awesome stuff?

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Oregon Gummies. Like soft, furry slippers for your mind. I’ll bring the electricity.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

With great fondness I remember the days before flights and hired vans. We’d pile bodies and gear in cars that had no business being on the road. We’d leave those cars at wreckers and mechanics across the country, chewed gearboxes and differentials, abandoned after years of dubious service. I don’t know how or why we did it except to save money we’d spend on other cars anyway. Crazy. I left my childhood on those tours.

What, or who, inspires you?

The intersection and conflict between thought and emotion. Finding new sounds and layering them to create even newer sounds. Manipulating reality. Intent. Commitment. Everyone I write, make and work with. Pushing the envelope just enough…

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Anything from Radiohead’s The Bends. Ugh.

What’s next for you?

Releasing new music and playing live shows. There’s a mountain there, just beyond those trees…

What’s your scene?

The studio. Lights, faders, VUs, leads, guitars, synths, drums, tubes, mics, a good reverb – the works. Limitless possibilities. Sound as clay. Collaborators, co-conspirators, every one of them teachers. Good coffee. Take away lunches. Random gigs. Alternate universes. A good, proper, serious craft beer.

   Endless Run’ is the brand new single from Ryan Meeking – out now © 2021 RP Meeking.

   Listen to ‘Endless Run’ here: http://smarturl.it/endless-run

   Video: Filmed and Edited by Rick Clifford: @rcstills

   Audio: Produced/engineered by Ryan Meeking and Sam Swain

   Mixed by Sam Swain Mastered by Randy Merrill

MORE ABOUT RYAN MEEKING:

Melbourne’s newest indie pop master Ryan Meeking shared his fresh cinematic single Endless Run. An evocative work, set within the joyous bloom of festival party culture, Endless Run is rich with euphoric abandon. Its visceral, multi-layered rhythm celebrates a summer to end all summers, its engaging lyrics highlighting the intense relationships that follow. 

Meeking has released a stunningly bold video to accompany the track, inspired by human movement and directed by filmmaker and photographer Rick Clifford (Ainslie Wills, Bad Pony, Tori Forsyth). After having his music featured on massive television shows such as Suits, So You Think You Can Dance USA and Teen Wolf, Ryan Meeking (Whitaker, Gossling) is moving from one musical world to the next with this standout pop gem. And he’ll be celebrating the release with a launch show at Small Time (Brunswick) on August 12, tickets are available now.

Endless Run feels like just like its namesake – an infinite, beautiful journey into the unknown, characterised by an undeniable groove; Meeking’s cool, calm voice; clever melodies; and sharp, concise production.  The track has influences of Jack Garrett, Gotye, and Benee, but feels particularly unique to Meeking and speaks to years spent intently, passionately studying pop writing.  Co-produced and engineered by Sam Swain (Josh Cashman, Obscura Hail) and mastered by Randy Merrill (Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber), Endless Run is a heady, all-encompassing track. Meeking explains: “You’re in the festival crowd. Drink it in. Your friends, thousands of others, the music, the party, the complete loss of any sense of time and space – and who cares: the community in that. Everything is now, everything is amazing and its just the beginning. Welcome to your Endless Run.”

The video for Endless Run is a brilliant spectacle of light and movement, somehow both nostalgic and futuristic all at once.  Meeking dances alone in this colourful world, and the result is hypnotic.  Speaking on how the clip was developed – Meeking explains, “We knew we wanted to place the clip in a ‘nowhere’ space, an unnatural world created especially for the audience – like all my new music to come – so we took a risk on a rare new piece of lighting tech to get us there and it totally paid off.  In fact, it really took on a character and life of its own.  This is also the first time I’ve worked on music and really thought about how it sat in my body, so we went through a bunch of ideas on how to put human movement at the centre of the clip.  In the end, nothing made more sense than what you see. A peppering of strange sci-fi vibes, some Rick Clifford magic, and we had a clip for Endless Run.”

Endless Run is another stellar addition to Ryan Meeking’s glowing and diverse discography, one which demonstrates his lifelong pursuit of music and art, and dedication to his craft, as he describes, I talk a lot about music production because it’s something I’m incredibly drawn to, but nothing matters to me more than the song.  So making music is always a balance between these two elements.  My affinity with music started with my grandparents’ piano and took root in the theatre, watching family perform in musicals like Les Misérables.  Something about that art form stuck with me – the bare, honest storytelling set to intricate, clever composition – music that doesn’t hold back. I don’t write for the theatre, but those qualities are something I’ve never escaped chasing in my own music.  I guess I always think, ‘Why limit anything if the song can carry it?’ Making Endless Run was no exception.”

Endless Run is out now!

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About Mary Boukouvalas 1299 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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