Globe Hall Presents Ryan Oakes “Wake Up” Tour with special guests Layto and Cherie Amour on Tuesday, May 30th.
Originality gestates in the space between extremes. Ryan Oakes siphons a signature style from the nexus of hip-hop and hard rock uplifted by surges of electronic experimentation and unassuming pop appeal. The Virginia-born and Los Angeles-based vocalist, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, and artist carves out his own hyper-charged hypnotic hybrid with no shortage of energy and attitude. His commitment to independence and integrity has yielded nearly half-a-billion streams and a devout fan base. However, he perfects this vision like never before on his 2023 full-length debut album, Wake Up
Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., he embraced a creative spirit and taught himself keyboards, drums, and guitar at a young age, dedicating himself to music inspired by the likes of Linkin Park, JAY-Z, Green Day, and more. After tearing it up in middle school with an early band, he picked up a mic and freestyled his way through high school parties to the applause of his classmates. At the same time, he excelled at lacrosse. During senior year, a buddy on his way into the Marines joked, “The day I get home, I want you to have a mixtape out.” Armed with a $20 microphone from Best Buy, Ryan recorded at a feverish pace—exceeding his friend’s expectations. Posting his first song, he quit the lacrosse team and eventually made his way to Los Angeles in 2017. Touching down with no money or plans, his track “Drinking About You” serendipitously exploded, eventually tallying over 43 million Spotify streams.
He served up music at a dizzying pace, dropping over 250 songs across mixtapes such as Millennial Meltdown ,Pity Party , A Series of Unfortunate Events ,SLUMBERLAND , and BURNOUT . Beyond praise from Rock Sound and many others, Earmilk hailed the latter among its “Best Albums of 2022 [Wrap-Up]”and attested, “A compilation of slick riffs and catchy melodies, BURNOUT goes to show that Ryan Oakes can’t be held to a single genre.” Along the way, “NUMB” amassed over 26 million Spotify streams, while “2AM” reeled in 18+ million Spotify streams and “HELLBOY” gathered 13+ million Spotify streams and counting. Plus, he collaborated with everyone from MOD SUN and Futuristic to NEFFEX and State Champs.
Kickstarting the next chapter, he bulldozed the way for WAKE UP with the likes of the eponymous single “WAKE UP,” “WHITE FLAG” [with Magnolia Park], and “DOWN.” Meanwhile, “HEAVYWEIGHT” [with Loveless] has already cleared 2million streams and counting. Alternative Press professed,“ The track channels the familiarity of early 2000s rap-rock and pushes it further into the future and massive chorus courtesy of LA duo Loveless, who supply anthemic vocals, heavy guitars and intense rhythmic energy.”
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