Ryan Young
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Ryan Young

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Folk Acoustic


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"Ryan Young Interview"

I’ve recently spoke to a very talented artist from Sheffield, Ryan Young. Here’s is what he had to say.

Tell me more about yourself?

I am Ryan John young a 20 year old singer songwriter, Sheffield born with an aspiration to be a inspiring musician!

When was the first time you picked up your guitar and thought to yourself that you want to be a musician?

It was around 6 years ago I picked up an old classical acoustic guitar that a family friend had left at my house I believe, ever since that bloody night I tied a red bandana around my head and pretended to be Mark Knopfler (dire straits) in front of the mirror. Now when I say picked up the guitar I couldn’t play a thing I just plucked and punched it whilst singing the smiths or something along those lines so in all honesty it wasn’t till last year when I returned from a long term stay in Australia, Adelaide that I actually taught myself how to play with endless practice, so chuffed really how it’s coming along.

What are your influences?

My influences range right from Johnny Cash/The Coral/The La’s/Stone Roses which have a huge part to play in my sound right down to little tiny influences and traits I pick up in the music of Bob Dylan/Jake Bugg/Smiths/The Black Keys, safe to say I’m naming a few acts around today because I love to mix my natural style with my idols such as Cash and then throw in the superb blues rhythm and progression of someone like The Black Keys, it’s one way to break the mould.

If you could collaborate with one artist, who would it be and why?

I would and will probably get some stick for this.. but one would be Alex Turner, just I want to see out of the two born and bred Sheffielder’s really who can lunge further in tight jeans, and I know you would too! But if I was to be serious about this I’d say either Johnny Cash which is impossible now or Noel Gallagher we’d do well together. Snoop Dogg. He’d sound mint on one of my tracks.

Your music reminds me a lot of Jake Bugg, in a good way!

Hahah! I get that a lot, it’s a nice thing to hear I mean he’s younger than me and he’s a talent I don’t think he’s the best but he’s got a very unique voice that stands him out from a crowd and I respect that totally. I know it’s a taboo subject for unsigned artists to talk about those who are established in a negative manner in any way but I do honestly believe I and lots of other acts have potential similar to the likes of Bugg and those established today to reach the same potential definitely, but I’ll shurrup and take thee compliment cheers!

What music are you into at the moment?

Ah how long you got man? I mean recently I acquired a few vinyls and that so I’ve been listening to Ottis Redding sitting’ on the dock of the bay and Elvis the early days so I mean that’s been slowly creeping it’s way into my music which is a scary scary thought, but I mean I’m always listening to new bands I got really into Wet Nuns a Sheffield band last year erm.. Drenge, I listen to my mates bands Downtown Roots I love their sound. In terms of everyday what I’m Into now, I love the monkeys album AM I listen to that a lot, I have Stone Roses on and have done since I was 14.. The Doors have featured a lot recently obviously with less hallucinogenics involved! I think one huge artist for me will always be Johnny Cash I’m quite astounded at how unique he was and his music lives on and he was actually terribly underrated by some I believe.

What have you got planned for 2014?

2014 I’ve vowed to make it a productive year for myself personally I want to get established in my hometown, I love Sheffield and I want the support of my city cause I’d do owt for this bleedin’ place. I have an EP launch early on the 16th of January at the Bar Abbey which is free entry anyone ;)? And then after that I’m touring in London,York, Leeds and Manchester I believe before coming back to Sheffield for a few shows in February. Then in February I’m back in York to record my new single and a B Side to that which will be released shortly after then as far as I know there are plans for a Summer EP to be recorded and released for June. So then I guess it’s just a battle to get my name out there okay wherever I can and get the name Ryan Young heard. If all that fails and it doesn’t happen I think I’ll just go back to Australia and busk in the 45 degree streets so I can’t really see me losing at this one.

Follow Ryan on twitter @RyanJYoung11

Like him on Facebook: facebook.com/ryan.young.music - UQ Music

"Musical Talent in Sheffield"

From rock to pop, the city played host to its very own Oxjam Takeover Music Festival. An eclectic array of local talent played across four venues stretching along Division Street including The Hop, The Great Gatsby, The Green Room and The Bowery. Similar talent-filled takeovers are taking place across the country, from the Shetland Isles down to Bournemouth.

Rich Ripley, Oxjam Steel City Takeover manager, said: “While generating lots of money for Oxfam and helping fight poverty all over the world, Sheffield’s Oxjam Takeover brought together local volunteers, musicians, venues and businesses to put together a fantastic community driven event and add to the already excellent music scene in Sheffield.”

Each venue hosted a line-up of some of the best artists the city has to offer and catered for every music lover.

Richard said: “While still being part of a national movement, Oxjam is a great showcase of local musical talent.”

One wristband per gig-goer gave access to all the events, celebrating the best of the diverse Sheffield music scene.

The aim of Oxjam is to showcase the best of music, regardless of genre.

It is a grass-roots festival providing a platform for local artists to show off everything that is great about a local music scene - making music while also fighting poverty.

The Sheffield takeover was part of Oxfam’s month-long music festival - the UK’s biggest festival line-up, raising money to save lives around the world.

More than 40,000 musicians have played to an audience of over 800,000 people at over 3,000 Oxjam events since it began in 2006. Events have raised in excess of £1.75 million. - The Star


Still working on that hot first release.



In a world awash with carbon copy musicians, Ryan Young is a breath of fresh air.

His unique blend of arty mellow Folk music is fused with an energetic yet melodic Acoustic Indie element that bring a whole new meaning to the term 'Guitar Solo'. Catchy vocals round off his sound into a smooth feeling of warmth that touches the soul of listeners one and all.

Despite his appearance of youth, Ryan has a distinct mature edge to his music, and an ability to thread both hope and sorrow through his lyrics.

He has written and produced a dynamic range of music that provides gig goers with a versatile mix of entertainment, something for everyone, and each just a little bit different from the last.

Ryan is a bright talent for the Music Scene in 2013. He is well worth checking out if you are looking for something catchy, different and fresh.

Returning from Australia early in 2013, Ryan Young decided to launch his solo career, after a great start with the bands Stripey Jack and the Hazes.

Writing and recording his own material since 2012 Ryan has refined his sound on the guitar, which he couples with engaging and meaningful vocals performed with a real passion on stage.

Taking his experience of playing in a band, and his time abroad which he used to pen some remarkable original music, Ryan returned home to Sheffield, and has taken to the Music Scene like a duck to water.

With gigs at the likes of Lava Lounge, West Street Live, Green Room, Byron House, Shakespeare Pub to name a few, Ryan has an action pack list of gigs booked in the months ahead.

As well as a full calendar of bookings, Ryan is committed to time in the Recording Studio in the production of his Debut EP, scheduled for release later in the year. With plans for music video's, a UK tour towards the end of the year, and a whole lot of gigging between now and then, Ryan is on a course for great things.

Be sure to click follow, let us know what you think of the music, and come along and check us out when he's playing in your neck of the woods. Ryan would love to meet you, say hi, and keep you smiling, while your foot is tapping, and your heart is dancing.