Phoebe Ryan is that rare breed of popstar, the kind who arrives fully-formed and armed with a string of unquestionably good jams. Recently she lent her genius to The Chaimsmokers, featuring on their smash “All We Know” and in the past has written for the likes of Britney Spears and The Knocks.
Phoebe recently shared new track “Dark Side”, co-written and produced with Elof Loelv (Rihanna, Icona Pop) and Jason Gill (Tove Lo), which showcased her gift for earworm hooks and poignant lyricism. You can catch Phoebe on tour across the United States where she is playing dates alongside Tove Lo. The tour recently kicked off in Seattle and includes stops in L.A, Boston and Washington D.C.
How would you describe your new track “Dark Side”?
These questions are always hard to answer. I just think it's a great song, I'm especially proud of the lyric and it was an awesome experience writing it. I wrote it in Sweden a few months ago with my friends Elof and Jason and we all knew it was special. It's dark and dancey and vulnerable and tough, all at the same time.
You’ve written for, and collaborated with, a ton of artists, what do you like most about collaboration?
I think teamwork is the best thing ever. Always have, always will. Even in middle school doing group projects was my favorite thing, even if I got put with the weird kid who ate his boogers. Even if we got a terrible grade, we'd end up being best friends by the end of it.
You had a track on the most recent Britney album, which for most would be a career peak, who else do you dream of working with?
It's definitely is a career peak, all downhill from here! I'm kidding obviously, but I mean, she's Britney. She's an icon. I've loved her forever. But yes there are a ton of artists I'd love to work with. Anyone from Lorde to Shakira to Mumford and Sons to who knows. I want to work with everyone.
What made you decide to switch from writing for others to performing solo?
Deep down in my heart I always knew I was meant to be a performer. It was just a matter of time. I wanted to make sure my writing was a focus for a while because I wanted that foundation, to be able to express what I wanted to say, what I'm feeling. I always knew I wanted to be an artist who wrote my own material. It's really helped me a great deal.
You’re hitting the road with Tove Lo, what are you most looking forward to about the tour?
Everything. Literally everything.
If you had to pick the record that had the biggest impact on you, what would it be?
Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall 1971. It's brilliant. The songs and how he talks to his audience... it always hit me in a special way. I know it's not really similar to the style of music I write and release now, but it was a huge influence on my writing when I was growing up.
Aside from the tour, what’s next for you?
Man, who knows. It will be a surprise for everyone!