Ryan Lil

Exclusive Interview with Local Singer & Songwriter Ryan Lill

Charleston, SC, Current_Culture, Interviews, New! Now! Next!, SC, Where Do You Stand? , ,


Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 6.18.01 PM

Ryan Lil Ryan Lill is a singer/songwriter from Charleston, South Carolina. He began his musical career in middle school where he focused on the cello. As he transitioned into high school, he began his singing career where he sang in over 7 different choral groups. He debuted on YouTube as a Singer/Songwriter in 2010 and has continued to pursue his music career ever since. Currently he is working on his full length album with Costello Studios set to debut sometime in the spring.

Ryan has auditioned for both The Voice and the X Factor. He has also opened up for many national and local recording artists.

When Ryan is not working on his album, he is active in the LGBT community. Where he donates his time to The It Gets Better Campaign, The Human Rights Campaign, and the NOH8 Campaign. In 2013, Ryan was selected to headline the festivities at Charleston Pride.

Ryan Lill Nominated For Best Male Vocalist and Best Musician in Best of Charleston 2014 Awards

Ryan Lill has been nominated by the people of Charleston, SC for Best Male Vocalist and Best Musician alongside Grammy Award Winning Darius Rucker and many other amazing local talent.

Selected to perform at Charleston Pride

Ryan Lill was selected to perform at 2013’s Charleston Pride that celebrates the LGBT community.

Selected to perform National Anthem at the Family Circle Cup

Ryan Lill was selected to perform the National Anthem at the Family Circle Cup which is a nationally televised tennis competition on ESPN.

“Who Are You” was featured on MTV’s Teen Wolf season two

Ryan Lill’s song “Who Are You” was featured on MTV’s Teen Wolf.


Are you originally from charleston?

Charleston born and raised

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

I like to consider myself a mixture of acoustic and pop

Who are your major influences?

Musically i’m inspired by all of the new types of genres that are being formed and who are taking a step outside the typical musical box. Personally, i’m inspired by the fans who write in from week to week asking me to cover a wide variety of songs.

When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music and start song writing ?

Right after high school, I began to writing my own music. I decided that I wanted to write music I wish I would have had the opportunity to be able to listen to while I was in school.

Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?

I’m currently label-less and I think I’d like to keep it that way. I feel like with label you lose apart of who you are because you don’t have much say in what kind of music you put out there for the fans. I want the freedom to put out the music I want people to hear. I’m currently not apart of any musical organization except for my management company “I’m All Ears” Artist Management.

What can you tell me about your MIXING EQUIPMENT (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?

I think you should be able to perform live with whatever brand of instrument you are given. The first show I ever saw live with at a local show where a guy was playing a Taylor guitar, and I have wanted one ever since…so I got one and play it all the time.

Where have you performed?,What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

I’ve performed at the North Charleston Coliseum, the Family Circle Cup, and the coliseum at Appalachian State University which were some big venues for me. Locally I like the Music Farm because it’s small and personal, but the Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville is also one of my favorites. I don’t really have a venue that I dislike because they are giving me the opportunity to showcase my music.

Do you have any upcoming shows?


Negative but we’re working on it, since I signed with my management company they have been working effortlessly to help me get some shows which also allows me to focus more on writing new songs.

Which songs do you perform most frequently?

I always play “Who Are You” which features my great friend Jordan Hill, and Stay Young which is currently being finished in the studio and it is coming out greatly.

Do you prefer to perform live or have some pre recorded options available?Do you ever play any covers? .Do you have a set play list?

Yes, I absolutely love doing covers. I always cover a Miley Cyrus song and Ellie Goulding songs…but it changes venue to venue.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

Write.Hate.Rewrite.Listen 1000 times.Rewrite.Click.Perfection. Mind you thats between spurts of profanity

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

Rehearsals are deadly spontaneous, whenever I have the free time I will pick up my guitar and just play.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music

I don’t think my music has evolved, I just think the way I write my music has evolved. I think as you get older you write differently, because you stop writing about what makes other people happy and start writing about what makes you happy.

What has been your biggest challenge as a song writer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge?

I think the biggest the challenge I have endured as an artist is finishing a song that I actually wrote and liked, and to an extent I have done so. I think when I realized that I needed to write for myself instead of other people, I started to actually like my music.

What’s your ultimate direction as a Singer/Songwriter? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

I think my ultimate want is for my music to reach out to people who actually need it. I want to be that person whose music helps people threw tough times in their lives, like coming out, facing adversity in school, bullying, overcoming your fears and standing up for what you believe in.

What advice do you have for people who want to START A MUSIC Career?

I hope that people who want to begin a music career stay true to who they are. They need to write what they know instead of what other people tell them to, and stay down to earth. Do not get a big head over success.

When is your album releasing?

I hope to release my album within spring or summer of 2014. It’s a work in progress.

Who are some of the artist you’ve work with/collaborated with ?

Jordan Hill is not only a great friend but an amazing artist who is also a Charleston native. She is always great to work with.

Do they influence your music?

I think Jordan influences me vocally, she’ll take a song and change the sound completely. It’s always good to have a second opinion.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?

Fans can gain access to my music by downloading my live performances and covers on SoundCloud. I also video my covers on YouTube, so those are some key platforms I use. Like I said my CD will be out soon so follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates on that.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

I’d like to thank all my friends and family for providing all the emotional support they can to me.

Any last words

If I ever perform on the GRAMMYs, I promise to perform with hardly any clothing and sound great live.



IM ALL EARS Entertainment