The Bedroom Pop Magic of Aryy: Artist Q&A
If you love the ukulele and discover new artists through YouTube or Instagram, there’s a good chance you’ve already seen Aryy. Born in Brazil and based now out of L.A., Aryy is songwriter and performer with a refined bedroom pop style, putting the ukulele at the center of her arrangements, writing, and fan engagement. With three singles under her belt and an EP on the way, we got a chance to speak with Aryy about her process and her newest song, “get a clue:”
You released your first three singles this Fall and the response to all three has been incredible! What has it been like to receive that kind of reception all within 2020?
I feel extremely grateful for the support I've been getting on my music, the online community has always had my back but I'm really impressed and overwhelmed with joy at how amazing the response has been to my original work.
Your new single, "get a clue" is so self-assured and catchy! Was there an experience that inspired you to write it?
First of all, thank you! There always is a personal experience involved in my writing. I wrote "get a clue" after getting a text out of the blue from a person who broke my heart in the past and I didn't know what to respond wirth, so I wrote this song instead.
How would you describe your songwriting process?
Songwriting for me is a way to process my feelings. I usually write when I'm feeling deeply about something, so the lyrics are very important to me. Sometimes I start by playing a progression of chords and freestyling my feelings in a melody on top of that, and sometimes I'm walking down the street singing my feelings and recording voice memos on my phone.
We think it's so cool that you create ukulele tutorials for your own songs. Were you getting a lot of questions from fans wanting to learn them?
Yes I was. I believe my online community is formed by people who are also passionate about ukuleles and making music themselves, so since the first lyric video I posted for my first single I've been getting comments asking me for a tutorial so that they can play it too.
What do you look for when picking out an instrument?
The most important thing for me is how good the quality of the sound is, then how soft it is to play and last how cool and different it looks.
Which Kala instruments do you currently play?
What piece of advice would you give to someone that is just starting on the instrument?
Keep practicing and be patient with yourself. Start with easy songs you love and keep going-- it gets easier every day.
What plans do you have for the future?
I actually have an EP on the way and I'm gonna be releasing it in a few months. I’m also writing new music to follow up this EP-- very excited to be working on my original stuff.
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