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Daily Inspiration: Meet Frank Ryman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Frank Ryman.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois. Attending my first electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, in 2016 helped me find my love for the scene. Going back to college that following fall I decided to start DJing. I started off DJing by playing house parties after practicing nonstop for 6 months. In 2019, I started playing at an EDM bar, Coconutz, in Chicago every week on Wednesdays and some bigger events on the weekends. Back then I was an open-format DJ and played whatever I could be booked for. While everything was still shut down due to Covid in 2020 I decided to move out to Denver. During the move, I decided to narrow down my DJ style to a focus on house music along with trying to learn music production. Once shows started happening again in Denver I started to try and get bookings again. Within the year and a half I have played shows at multiple venues in Denver including Temple, Your Mom’s House (actual venue name), and Beacon Denver, and even getting booked to play out of state in South Dakota. Currently, I have become part of the Denver House Music Crew out here in Denver, as well as still working on the music production side and finally released my first original track “Check This Out” with Ready Or Not this past May!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road to where I am currently at has been anything but smooth. One of my biggest struggles was learning how to properly network within the music industry. Who to talk to for a booking and what’s the best way to talk to them.

Another struggle has been learning to produce. Most hobbies there’s a gradual skill climb before you hit a plateau and struggle to break past that block. With music production, the block is right at the beginning. From learning the Production software to learning how to structure a song, all the way to learning how to balance out all the different sounds to get it how you want to hear it. It was disheartening at first until some other producer friends told me their struggles at first too.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I DJ and produce House music. I’m known for throwing in a lot of throwback songs into my sets along with sprinkling in multiple different genres when appropriate. I’m most proud of the amount of people who have come up to me and said my sets helped them get more into house music.

What sets me apart is my song selections. Instead of songs that are known only in the electronic music scene, I like tossing in a lot of top 40s remixes for the people who are still getting into the scene and gear my sets as a happy medium between veterans and new ravers.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
Growing up I always was fascinated with Greek/Roman and Norse Mythology! So when deciding my DJ name, I took it from growing up and loving the story of Ragnarök. Sköll is the wolf that was meant to chase and eat the sun god. Being an easy name to roll off the tongue it just seemed like a perfect fit.

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