Posted On 29 Nov 2017
Meet Rabyt! This is an artist who creates music that is best described as Alternative Dream Pop. She has performed as a backup vocalist for The All-American Rejects, singing on Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show Concert Series. She has been concentrating on her solo material, while writing for artists signed to Interscope Records. Her song “Hanging Over My Head” was featured in the Magnolia Pictures horror movie Satanic (2016) starring Sarah Hyland (Modern Family).
Rabyt’s latest single is called “Heart Motion.”
Connect With Rabyt Here:
rabytworld.com facebook.com/rabytworld https://twitter.com/_rabyt_ soundcloud.com/rabyt instagram.com/rabytworld
Learn more about Rabyt in the following All Access interview:
Where does this interview find you? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it?
Hi All Access, thank you for your time! It’s a privilege to connect. I’m in beautiful Hollywood Hills, California… 9:30am… 71 degrees… Being hypnotized by a palm tree that sways beyond my open window. There is always playing in the background. I am listening to the instrumental piece “Tears In the Rain,” originally composed by one of my favs – Vangelis. Now re-imagined by Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch for the film Blade Runner 2049. A masterpiece!
What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood? What is a song you are loving these days?
Anything Michael Jackson. When I hear that synth-bass line intro with the crisp shaker on “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” I have to dance! I’m really digging “Outro” by M83 from their album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” For me, the world they created transcends time and space.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
There was never a choice! Yes!
I remember sitting under a pine tree in Ohio where I grew up. I was maybe 7 years old and playing with my teddy bear- haha. I starting humming a melody I’d never heard before. It was playing so loudly in my head. Excited, I ran into the house and told my mom “there’s a radio station inside my head!” She calmly told me that was “totally normal” and to “talk to my Dad about this radio station.” My father is also a songwriter 🙂
Was there a time where you thought of doing something completely different?
I daydreamed about being an Astronaut…being a chemical engineer on Mars, but have realized creating music is really the same thing! Except you don’t have to leave the house 🙂
Overall, how do you think 2017 has been for you and music career?
A dream come true. I was able to attend the 59th Grammy Awards in February and walked the red carpet right behind the great goddess, Adele. Being amongst iconic musicians like her was beyond inspiring and I left that experience humbled and so grateful.
What are you most excited about for in 2018?
I just started working with A&R veteran, Sat Bisla (who has helped artists like Coldplay, Adele, Katy Perry, Sia, Muse). Sat and his team (shout out to Monte Malone!) at A&R Worldwide are making 2018 look very promising!
Do you think you will make any New Year’s Resolutions?
I don’t really believe in resolutions for just a single day or holiday. I try to always be mindful of daily improvement throughout the year. There’s just so much to learn and experience every day!
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown and current home has affected you and your music today?
I grew up in Painesville, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. It’s a small town an hour outside of Cleveland with a lot of plant farms and nature. The town absolutely shaped me as an artist. My parents always encouraged me playing outside with little to no television, so my imagination was truly my own. I could spend hours building a fort, swinging on our tire swing, or my favorite activity, which was to create my own radio show where I performed songs (it even included a nerdy “weather update”). Since I had all of the space and support a kid could ever dream of, my mind had acres to run free.
What was the inspiration for your latest single “Heart Motion”? How do you think it prepares listeners for more music from you? Or how do you think this song shows the growth you have gone through as an artist since you’ve been making music?
“Heart Motion” is based on a life experience (as are all my songs). I lived that song, everything I am/was is in every note and word. I’ve always preferred writing from an honest place, and now I’m expanding sonically. My initial efforts had more of a raw, rock-n-roll foundation, but ”Heart Motion” reaches new electronic soundscapes that changes with every new phrase. It definitely prepares listeners for where I’m headed. As mentioned, I love to learn and grow, so the future should be even more expansive. My goal is to take the listener on a journey where we travel from low to high, back around again, with a little left turn when you least expect it.
How do you think your experience as a backup vocalist for The All-American Rejects has helped you as a solo artist now? What about your time singing on Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show Concert Series?
It was an experience that helped me realize that anything is possible. Tyson and Nick were always so great to compliment me on my voice and fashion, which helped to build confidence, and their success was incredibly encouraging being they came from a small town just like me and yet were sharing their music on a global scale. My performances with them definitely inspired me to work harder and to know if you can dream it, you can achieve it.
I am always curious to know how songwriters like yourself pick and choose what songs to keep and what songs to hand over to other artists? Who have you been able to work with/write for over at Interscope Records?
Once I write my songs, I’m of the belief that they are no longer mine. Even those I perform, I ultimately end up becoming a listener just like you. That said, my wish is to share my songs through any voice and through every person. Our voices are stronger together and our stories are woven into the fabric of every human soul. Legally, I can’t comment with whom I’ve written for at Interscope, but I will say it was a great way to fine-tune my skills.
Do you have any final tour dates to wrap up 2017? Where can people see you play live next?
I’m working on rehearsals for new shows as we speak. I’ll be playing LA again in the near future. I really love “The Hotel Cafe” in Hollywood. They’ve created a great community of very talented and creative artists. You can go any day of the week and be transported into a new world. I’m also, looking toward a European tour.
What do you think of social media today and the importance of it for artists now? Do you find that it’s hard to keep up with it all?
Social media is great! It’s a fun way to share a little microcosm of one’s world. I like using it as another way of expressing my creativity, my love for outer space, my passion to make mini-movies, or a “killer selfie” of my self-invented Halloween costume…“The Dead Romancer.” Let’s go to the other side and bring back romance! 😉 Social Media isn’t hard to keep up – there are no rules.
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today? How do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these difficult times?
When I’m asked this question I like to reference the great Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”…’it was always burning since the world’s been turning.’ Meaning, life is always going to be “crazy.” It always has always been! The word “Joy” you mentioned… that’s the ticket right there! EnJOY your life, create, discover, and realize you can’t have the day without the totality of the night. Emotion, expression, and music are our deliverance and their limits are boundless!
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
Yikes! It’s so hard to name just a few, but here it goes… David Bowie, Pink Floyd, M83, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, The Sundays, Etta James, Edith Piaf, Radiohead, Vangelis, and most Classical Film Scores. I’d love to work with Chris Martin on a song!
What do you hope your fans take away from your music? Do you think there is a greater music in your songs?
I hope my songs connect with the listener’s own story, struggles, and dreams. That my experiences are also part of them and vice versa.
What advice would you give to a young person who is thinking about becoming a musician one day?
I would say there is no advice that I can give you that you don’t already have within yourself. No one knows better than you what’s right for you. I’m a big believer in intuition and listening to it. I think being open to learning has it’s importance, but ultimately it’s your path to travel. Great thing about music is, that you can only fail if you quit.
Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers?
Just that it’s been a thrill to have found you here. Time is precious and it means the world that you would share yours with me. You’re awesome!! Sending love… xoxo Rabyt