New Music: Ryan Arlo

“I grew up in the early 00s, when pop artists were mostly manufactured and would only allude to their struggles in order not to tarnish their perfect image. I remember watching the video for Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’ (the one with the Britney Spears lookalike) and recognising his use of a star much brighter than him to help build his success outside of NSYNC. Madness.

I was still a kid but realised that it is possible for lyrics to represent something personal and still resonate with strangers. I immediately started working to develop my lyrical capabilities and began writing for producers when I was seventeen but more recently, decided to front my music independently after leaving an abusive relationship. I might not fit the mould of a perfect pop star but perfect is far from my truth.”

Ryan Arlo