Orlando native Ryan Froom, a.k.a. Froomador, credits his passion for music to his father, whom he watched play guitar and sing at church during his early childhood. By the age of 12 and having just been introduced to The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys and The Beatles by his father, Froom wrote his first song. During his early teens, Froom sensationalized the sport of surfing and began to incorporate ukulele into his songs, later adding electric guitar to songwriting sessions in his high school years. At 23 years old, Froom moved to Argentina and would spend the next eight months learning Spanish before moving to Brazil just a short year later, where he would learn to speak Portuguese. Since his return to the States, Froom has performed live in Hollywood, California, Claremont, California and Washington D.C., in addition his hometown of Orlando, Florida. His latest release, the ten-track album “Can’t This Wait”, includes the single “Solar Energy”, its music video filmed in the Arizona desert and embedded below. Enjoy our interview with Froomador right here on Entertwine!
Entertwine: What was it like growing up in Orlando, Florida? It was great; I was always surrounded by water. The summers were quite lengthy though and the constant nagging of mosquitoes was never that fun. Beyond that, I have many fond memories of surfing, fishing, water-skiing, spending lots of time in the great outdoors.
In your twenties, you moved out of the United States and spent time in both Argentina and Brazil, correct? How did these places and cultures influence you, both musically and personally? I had always wanted to learn to speak both Spanish and Portuguese and the university I was attending at the time offered a study-abroad program in Argentina and Brazil. I ended up living a year down there studying and immersing myself in the culture. I was exposed to lots of different styles of music; folklore in Argentina and Samba and Bossa Nova in Brazil. I definitely still sense their influences coming out in my music. Overall, it was a very broadening and enriching experience.
What was your experience of studying jazz composition and classical arrangement at Berklee College of Music like? Were you able to experience and involve yourself within the music scene of Boston during your time there? It was wonderful! The school has students from all over the world. My roommates were from Turkey and Israel; (they) introduced me to music that I had never been exposed to before. Really opened my ears. I got to record an EP with another student producer at the time…it turned out well and I was happy to have gained some early experience in sound production.
You filmed the music video for ‘Solar Energy’ out in the Arizona desert, correct? What went into the making of the music video Yes. Filming this video was my first time on a set with a crew. The storyline was something that the music video’s producer, Caleb Mixon, helped me develop. The first half was filmed in one day at a studio in Orlando. For the second half, we flew out to a desert in (both) Arizona and New Mexico in hopes of capturing the essence of the story. I stayed in a house that was completely solar powered. As a result of this unique experience, I became more educated on the topic of sustainable energy and learned about creative ways of working with nature rather than against it.
What experiences and events influenced the writing and recording of your latest album “Can’t This Wait”? What can you tell us about each of the ten featured tracks? “Can’t This Wait” is an album that comes from a sort of frustration yet fascination with the concept of time and how time doesn’t seem to wait for anybody. The artwork was an effort to capture this idea and represent two unusual, unanticipated events simultaneously. The single, “Solar Energy”, (deals) with the consequences that can come from human behavior and a lack of environmental sensitivity. I’ve always been fascinated by renewable energy being readily available, so I decided to put these mixed feelings in a song. (Many) of the tracks tend to touch on emotions that stem from both loss and gain, corruption and redemption…reasons to weep…reasons to celebrate.
What musical equipment, instruments and programs do you use live and in-studio? I worked with Justin Beckler. We mainly used acoustic instruments – drums, bass, guitars, with a few effects here and there and assistance in editing from Cubase.
Could you tell us about one of the most exciting or interesting live performances you’ve been a part of? I was fortunate enough to play at the Hotel Café in LA with an awesome musician and friend, Aaron Roche.
Tell us about your upcoming album release party. The album release party will be taking place right here in Orlando at a venue called Will’s Pub. Two other local bands, Mia Mota and Empire Theory, (are) in on the mix.
What’s next for Froomador, musically-speaking? I really enjoyed the process of recording “Can’t This Wait”; the promotional phase is my next immediate step. Long-term, I’ll continue to keep working on my next album.