Growing up in Laval, Quebec, Genevieve Ryan Martel was born an only child into a musical family. Her parents are both classical musicians, but Martel's adolescent genre of choice was punk. Known by her artist moniker, RYAN Playground, her introspective nature and skater-punk energy shine through the sounds of her most recent album, titled 16/17. The best tracks, such as "Almost Died," have the feeling of a simple song crafted alone with a guitar, then reshaped with a sharp experimental electronic edge. RYAN's premiere album Elle, released in 2016, is driven by heavy bass and inventive electronic sounds— making the unorthodox blend of electronic and pop-punk genres on 16/17 a natural progression for her. Both projects are affiliated with the Secret Songs label, and label-founder/Canadian sweet-heart Ryan Hemsworth is a long-time mentor of hers (they call themselves "Ryan-squared").
Her new music video, released today, is a visual response to the inspiration for "Empty Pool." The track, featuring New-Zealand-based pop artist Lontalius, is about "the fear of growing up; the doubts, the failures and the break downs that will forever be a part of it." The chaotic layering clips capture life's simple moments, and show where RYAN and Lontalius find split seconds of clarity through it all. Talking today about her new music video, RYAN answered questions about her creative process, about making music with Lontalius, and about what's next for her.