Denver bassist Stryer dropped by to talk about his artistic journey and his latest track “Fall For Me Again” with Robbie Rosen.
The Mile High City has become famous as one of the largest bass houses as well Stryer is an artist who is currently climbing the ranks of the scene that calls it home. Win new fans right from the start with publications like “To drown” with Maria Dolce And “My” with Fadedit has since landed on Subsidia and has continued to foster a deeper connection with Bear Grillz and its footprint, Rude service.
First appearing on Rude Service in 2021, Stryer has released a flurry of publications on the bass-fueled label that include Propagation EP and collaborations such as “Apollo” with Sentient And WISNER. These helped showcase the dynamic range this up-and-coming artist brings to his productions, and he only continued to amaze in 2022. Starting the year by partnering with Bear Grillz and Mega and Dia for “Floating“And continuing with”Come on” with VLCN and the Full moon EPit becomes clearer with each passing release that Stryer is an artist to watch.
Last month, Stryer delivered “Under The tide” with SOUND and then doubled on the summer fun that will result from dropping “Fall in love with me again” with Robbie Rosen last Friday. Looking to get more insight into this up and coming bass artist, we caught up with him to tap into his recent releases, past experiences, and more. Check out Stryer’s unique guest mix and read on for the conversation!
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Hi Stryer, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today! You recently released your latest single “Fall For Me Again”, voiced by Robbie Rosen. What’s the story behind how the two of you met to work on this track?
So first of all, “Fall For Me Again” is easily one of my favorite songs I’ve gotten to work on. Robbie is an amazing artist and such a cool guy too. I first got a lot of frontline ideas from his manager and it hit me instantly. I knew we had something special on our hands, actually.
As soon as I got the voice I went to town and deleted the first demo in a few days. Well, nine months and about 25 different releases later, we have what is now the final masterpiece that is!
Other releases this year like the full moon EP, “Come On” with VLCN and “Under The Tide” with SOUNDR have seen you collaborating with other artists as well. Did these collaborations help you grow your studio skills? Do you find yourself grasping new ways to approach production?
Absolutely, I have learned a great deal from all my collaborations up to this point. VLCN and SOUNDR in particular have become great friends with whom I find myself chatting and sharing ideas quite frequently. I feel that whenever you work with someone new, it is really important to study their techniques and maybe bring some with you in your future projects.
You started the year with a bang by dropping “Float” with Bear Grillz and Meg & Dia, and you’ve clearly found a home on Rude Service. What did the support of Bear Grillz and his team mean to you as an emerging artist?
The support from RJ and the rest of Rude Service is always crazy. It’s still very strange to me that RJ is my manager now. Four years ago, I was just a 21-year-old little raver in the crowd at his sets, freaked out. It has been really great to work with him and my other manager Chris for about a year now, their knowledge is insane and I am learning new things about the industry every day. I also consider them almost other siblings at this point and enjoy talking about their sports teams’ junk every single day.
Let’s shift gears and dive into your backstory a bit. What led to your passion for bass music and inevitably to produce and play it yourself?
So at first I started listening to EDM in the gym because I loved energy. Of course I started with Big Room / Progressive house and other more mainstream genres. I eventually got into dubstep after attending Wobbleland San Jose in 2016 with some friends. I loved the way the DJs switched songs at launch and really gave the crowd that “wow” factor.
When I moved to Denver in 2018, I decided to start producing and DJing on my own because I wanted to make music to train. It turned out that I found an absolute passion for creation, something I never planned in the beginning. I started making more emotional bass music especially because I absolutely live for those nostalgic moments at festivals where the whole crowd has their hands up and sings together. These are the moments you remember all your life and I strive to create them for my fans.
What has been the biggest struggle you have faced as an artist so far in your career? Were you able to overcome it?
I would say that the biggest difficulties I had to face as an artist were mental battles with myself. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say it’s very hard not to compare yourself to other artists out there. There will always be someone bigger than you, that’s just the fact. I have helped myself to kill some of these thoughts just by reminding myself why I do it, for the love of music.
I also think of all the people I have had an impact with my music so far. It really is a crazy feeling when someone comes up saying that my music saved their life, made them have a hard time or it was just nice to listen to on a long journey!
What is the most important piece of advice you have received so far that has helped you take your career to the next level?
I have received a lot of advice, so this is a really difficult question to answer. What was really important to me is RJ’s (Bear Grillz) general reassurance that a music career is such a long process and that I shouldn’t expect anything to happen overnight. I often tend to have those thoughts about “why am I not playing X amounts of shows or receiving X amounts of streams”, but it helps to relax my mind and keep me focused.
Just for fun and since we are in the early days of summer, what is your favorite way to keep yourself cool during the summer?
Well honestly I spend most of my time in my studio, so there’s always AC. [Laughs] Other than that though, a 1/2 Chocolate 1/2 Vanilla smoothie from In N Out never fails to do the job.
Finally, what goals do you have for the rest of 2022 and beyond?
Moving on for the rest of this year and beyond, I’m just trying to keep growing musically and making as many friends as possible along the way. I know that if I keep doing these things and keep my intentions pure, the rest will follow.
For some “measurable” goals, I’d like to get signed up by a booking agency and get some publications on some majors we’ve been working on for years now. I am confident that we can achieve all of this!
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