Described as The Beatles meets Dr Dre, Driip is an indie-rock band hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. we had a chance to speak with frontman Ryan J. Clary about their single ‘I Can’t Help It’, discovering new music and future plans.
Why did you decide to enter the music industry?
I’ve always loved to play music. It just felt necessary, I guess.
Can you tell us about ‘I Can’t Help It’?
I wrote it in the middle of quarantine. My bandmates and I did not have much contact during the last couple of months, but I wanted to stay creative. I was confined to my home studio all day every day, I wanted to take advantage of that, but I was dealing with some pretty serious writer’s block. So I did some collaborative live performance videos of some of our previously released songs and had a blast doing them.
After that, I got inspired to start writing again and I sat down in my home studio and wrote and recorded this song in one night. During the mixing process I reached out to a couple of friends of mine to help out with some backing vocals (Aisling Maher and Adam Reid) and they crushed it!!
What was the recording and writing process like?
My process has always been writing while recording, which has its pros and cons. I felt inspired one night and sat down in my studio and this song was there the next morning. Honestly, it kind of happens that way. I had been dealing with a lot of writer’s block and I just tried to go with the flow and let out whatever had to come out. What came out was a lot of anxiety and frustration that had built up in quarantine and in my personal life. But honestly, I was and have been in a pretty good place lately so that frustration came out in an upbeat “poppy” way.
Does the single have any significant meaning for you?
It came from a crazy period in time. About a crazy period of time in my life. It also might be the last Driip single for a while, but more on that later.
What do you hope people take from your music?
I really just hope they vibe with it.
What is more challenging – melody or lyrics?
Lyrics, I guess.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
Life is short.
How would you describe your sound?
I used to say The Beatles produced by Dr Dre, but I’m not sure about that now; it’s ever-changing. I’m inspired by a lot of different kinds of music. My music tends to reflect what I’m inspired by at that moment with splashes of past inspirations.
I don’t know. Listen to it and let me know!
What do you think is the best way to discover new music?
Word-of-mouth is always the best, but Spotify is a close second. I’ve found a lot of music that has changed my life because of Spotify’s radio and suggestions.
What does the future hold for you?
Well, COVID hit the band hard. We were on a roll for a bit and had some big plans for the spring and summer that are now obviously cancelled. The band will now be on a bit of hiatus for the time being for various reasons. So, I am embarking on a solo project and recording my first full-length studio album. It’s been a dream of mine to do it and now is the time. The name of my new project is The Good in People.
Do you have a message for our readers?
If you’re here right now, thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to read this. Music is very important to me and it’s truly an amazing feeling when people listen to, support and connect with the music I make. So thank you if you’re one of those people.
Be nice. Black Lives Matter.