Getting to know Rya Park

November 1, 2017

Don't you just wish that you were talented enough to write a song about every ex-lover in your life? Wouldn't it be great if every time someone fucked you around, cheated on you or just didn't reply to your text messages, that you could get up in front of a crowd and belt your little lungs out in a rhythmic manner, letting the world know that 'so and so' is a little bit of a dick? Well, that's exactly what Rya Park did with her new single 'Billy' - let's hope she got some answers out of it.


She speaks with Twenty Something Humans about how she got into the music game, an artist who inspires her and she tells us about the best aspects of her hometown.


Image: Supplied.


How did you first get into the music game?


I first got into music when playing guitar and singing with my dad every weekend when I was growing up. The first concert I ever went to was The Red Hot Chili Peppers when I was five years old. I still remember the night so vividly and remember being mesmerised by the crowds response to the band. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be on stage. The feeling of that night and the air in that stadium has never left me. 


Can you tell us a little bit about your catchy new single ‘Billy’? Who is this mysterious person?


The song was inspired by an old flame. I didn’t plan on writing about this particular person or situation but it got to the point where I just needed to ask some questions and wanted to get their attention. I laid everything out in this song and was extremely honest. The instrumentation was purposefully stripped back so that the direct lyrics stuck out and could not be missed. 


What does your daily routine look like?


Oh wow, every day is so different for me. I don’t really have a daily routine! Some days I’m working, others I’m writing or rehearsing. I always love to squeeze in a coffee break to see friends or family. Everyone close to me inspires me so much and without them in my life, I’m not sure what I would do! 


Who has had the biggest influence on your life so far and why?


Musically the biggest influence in my life has been Adele. Her ability to express emotion vocally has always resonated so heavily with me. There is so much character in her voice, you can just feel everything that she feels through a recording. I went to her concert earlier in the year and I just cried the whole time. She is always herself and owns her uniqueness. 


 Image: Instagram @ryapark


If you were a constant on Australian Idol, what would your ‘hook’ be to win over the hearts of Australia? 


If we really want to exaggerate we could say that I don’t know where to call home. I was born in England, grew up in Singapore and then moved to Melbourne when I was 11. It was great to move around and I always embraced the moves, but maybe in the context of Australian Idol I could say it was a real struggle...


What advice would you offer to a budding musician?


I’d say to stay focused on yourself and to not compare yourself to other musicians. In the social media age, it’s easy these days to look at what other people are doing and to lose sight of your own work. Keep writing and stay true to yourself!


What’s the last song that made your heart thump with delight?


Cassiopeia by Ruby Gill


Quick Fire Round


Favourite season: Winter


Best song to listen to when you’re feeling sorry for yourself: River by Joni Mitchell 


You can only eat one meal for the rest of your life (nutritional value is not a factor): Thai Green Curry


Describe your home town in three words: Beachy, calm, coffee-obsessed. 


A fictional character that you resonate with: Probably Elphaba from Wicked! I love that she stands up for what she believes in and is extremely honest. She embraces her weirdness and her differences. 


Watch and listen to BILLY below.



 You can follow her on IG @ryapark.


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