RYAN Playground is making Canada proud. If you haven’t heard of this up-and-coming artist, get ready to hear a lot more of her in the future. On her bio she describes herself as “girl music maker” but this producer, vocalist and DJ is extremely multi-talented. Blending pop, electronic and hip hop, she handles all aspects of her music on her own. She recently signed to and released her first album on Ryan Hemsworth’s label Secret Songs. We expect the Montréal native to be taking over the international music scene in no time at all.

“Believe in your strengths, take your weakness as inspirations to do better, and don’t place yourself in the shadow of anyone. There will always be bigger than you, but think big.”

On getting into music

This girl has been into music since day one. She got her first drum set and guitar at only five years old and says, “I knew music was in many ways going to lead my life. I stuck to what I love until now, and every day is a new occasion to drop a beat or lyric.”

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On her career before music

Remember how we said Ryan is multi-talented? Well that goes beyond music. She used to be a fashion model, working for clients such as Vera Wang, Elle, Rudsak, Joe Fresh and Aldo. But her obsession for music trumped fashion so she replaced heels with instruments.

On her first single

Ryan premiered her first single “Are You Mad” on Secret Songs. When Ryan Hemsworth first started the project, no one knew what it was but it’s become a label that represents talented international newcomers. Ryan said her first song is about her relationship with her girlfriend and “an issue they both had to overcome.”

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On her stage name

Ryan is actually her mom’s last name. Her real name is Geneviève, but she’s been Ryan since her modelling days when there were too many Geneviève’s in the agency. She said, “Eventually I became more and more used to presenting myself as Ryan in castings and gigs. Now a lot of people know me as Ryan. Playground stands for the fact that making and playing music is my favorite thing to do. It is literally my playground.”

On not wanting to be another model/DJ

She might have been a very successful model but that doesn’t mean she wants to be seen as another model turned DJ. She said she started modelling because the opportunity presented itself and it seemed like a great experience, but she has always been a musician before anything else.

On living in Montréal

RYAN Playground says that Montréal is an inspiring city. She likes it because the locals are nice and want to get to know each other, which helps keep the Montréal music scene’s momentum because of all of the interesting collaborations that happen there.

On her life advice

“Believe in your strengths, take your weakness as inspirations to do better, and don’t place yourself in the shadow of anyone. There will always be bigger than you, but think big.”

On her favorite show

Dexter!

RYAN Playground