Podcast Interview: Ryan Lill

Disco Teepee interviews Ryan Lil, Charleston singer, songwriter

Born and raised in Charleston, Ryan Lill has been writing and creating music almost all his life. He’s performed with Meghan Trainor, had a single featured on a MTV Artist Spot, and releases his newest single today, “Give a Damn”. Lill and I covered topics ranging from authentic songwriting, how he’s found musical success in Charleston, and which celebrity gave him $10.00. #awkward If you’re a fan of pop music that packs a punch, make sure to give Ryan’s music a spin. You will not be disappointed. 😉

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Lill’s new single, “Give a Damn” is out TODAY. Listen here first.

“Give a Damn”

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Christian Farelove

Melody Lucas, Charleston drag queen, during a photoshoot

“When life gives you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it.” – Christian Farelove

This mantra perfectly encapsulates my next guest on this conversation series. Christian Farelove is an artist, entertainer, chef, activist, motivational speaker (or should be) all perfectly packaged into a hard-working, passionate human. Within his many pursuits, music is always there influencing his many creative outlets. Whether it’s his favorite song inspiring his next dish or favorite singer preparing him for his next drag show, music will always be included in his art.

On this episode of Disco Chats (hear the previous episode with Brooke Ryan here), we dive into Farelove’s passion for melodies and rhythms and the influence it has on his cooking and his alter-ego, Melody Lucas. He exercises extreme precision with his song choices, dance moves, and outfits; because of his thoughtful selections, it makes him stand out above his counterparts. During my research of Farelove, I came across this eight-minute video of his 2018 Charleston Pride performance to a Janet Jackson’s song medley and it provides an example of the kind of performer he is…a fucking great one.

Listen to our conversation below and learn more about the music that guides this soul on and off the stage. You can see Farelove live tomorrow, May 15, for the Black Girl Magic Showcase at El Jefe. If you’re not able to make the show, follow Christian or Melody on Instagram.

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Brooke Ryan

In an effort to get back to the roots of Disco Teepee, I’m starting a series where I can connect with people about music. I will investigate how music plays a role in their life and get inside people’s heads and hearts about their relationship with music.

My first guest, Brooke Ryan, is 1/3 of the morning show, Two Girls and A Guy on Mix 95.9. As a radio personality, her livelihood is dependent upon music. She’s been working in this industry for over 20 years and I turned the mic around on her to get down and dirty about radio and why she will forever be faithful to music that creates a sense of nostalgia.
Listen to our chat below and let me know what you think. What’s your relationship with music? We’ve all got a story to tell so let’s share it together.

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Music Confab 2018

Charleston Music Confab 2018 event poster

It’s Charleston Music Confab time again! The fourth annual multi-genre music conference is kicking off this Thursday night. I had a chance to chat with Dave Stewart, Confab founder, yesterday to get a preview of the upcoming events. I asked Dave the following questions, and you can listen to Dave’s answers in the recording below.

  1. Every year Confab keeps expanding the musical lineup and this year you’ve added some large acts like Houndmouth, The Wild Feathers, and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, what was the reason for including some of these bigger name bands this year?
  2. Besides the great nighttime showcases, there are educational seminars during the day. What are some of the most important ones to attend if you’re an aspiring musician?
  3. This is also a great time to network and discover some great upcoming talent, do you have some bands that stand out to you this year?

There are still tickets available and you can see the full schedule here.

 

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