Up and Coming: Ryan Cam
We had the chance to sit down and talk to Ryan Cam, an up and coming artist still making his way through college and the music scene. He recently released an album called 'No Pressure' which is available on almost all streaming services (Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, etc). I downloaded it and was THOROUGHLY surprised by the talent this man has! He'll be a huge name soon enough and I'm glad the team at Uncharted had the chance to help him break into the industry. Be sure to check out Ryan's new album as well as his newest video, which you can watch in full below!
Q) Tell our audience a little more about yourself.
I’m a 20-year-old college student currently studying at JMU. I’m a CS major and a Music Industry minor, but I plan on moving to either a city in California or Georgia after I graduate to pursue music full-time. I started making music less than a year ago but have gotten fully into it and really want to see where it might take me in the future.
Q) You have a new album on Apple Music, 'No Pressure'. Are you working on any new projects currently?
I’m super excited that I was able to get No Pressure available on almost all streaming services. I think that helped me establish my initial fanbase. I actually just released my first music video about a week ago for Ride My Wave and I’m working on a few new singles now. I’ve been sitting on one in particular for a while and it's definitely my best work so far. It’s coming out late August when people start going back to their colleges/school. I’m still learning a ton so I’m really excited to put that one out and see where we can take it.
Q) Any shows coming up soon?
Unfortunately, I don’t have any upcoming shows right now but we’re working on that. I just got a team together and that’s definitely our next step.
Q) What current artist would you most closely relate your music style to?
If I had to name an artist or two, I'd say my music is kind of a mix between Chance and Post Malone. That might sound weird, haha but it's tough to name an artist I sound like because personally, I feel like I’m on my own sound. I don’t think I’ve found my exact sound yet, but I’m definitely on my way. Especially with this new stuff I’m working on. People tell me it's tough to compare me to other artists cause it's just different, and that really encourages me to keep going and see how my sound will develop.
Q) Who is one person that has inspired you along the way, and how?
Instead of just one person, I think underground artists as a whole have inspired me a lot so far because I see them grinding and doing everything on their own and feel like I have the potential to hang right there with them. Since I’m completely DIY as well I like to study their moves and learn a lot from their production/engineering.
Q) How do you define success for yourself?
I’m very tough on myself and am always looking to grow, so I guess I’d define success by my growth as an artist and as an individual. I’ve already learned that it's so easy for me to get frustrated that I’m not where I want to be yet, but as long as I’m progressing and improving I try to stay happy but never complacent. I’ve also found that it's super easy for me to get caught up with the numbers and everything else, and forget about the art. Although all the other stuff is just as important, keeping the main focus on the art is a huge success for me.
Q) What are you most looking forward to being featured on UD?
I’m super excited to start getting my name out there and reaching a larger audience. That’s how I have to start growing my fan base and this kind of exposure is exactly what I need right now in order to reach out to more people. And I just have to hope they vibe!
Q) If you were stranded on an island and could bring 3 things along, what would they be and why?
I’d definitely bring my headphones and something to listen to music with. I’m always listening to music haha. And maybe a guitar cause I’ve wanted to learn for a while but haven’t had the time.
Be sure to check out Ryan's SoundCloud and social media!!