We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Hughes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
One day, after working a pretty basic job, I came to the realization that I was wasting my time. I wanted to make myself happy by pursuing my passion, no matter what the consequences. It was a pretty pivotal time in my artistic career. I had been playing and studying music my whole life but at that particular time, I really decided to go for it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer/songwriter and music producer. The main outlet for my art is Crucial Blend. We are most predominant in the Reggae/Rock scene. I feel like we stand apart from other bands because of my lyrics and our diverse musical style. I like to think my lyrics are less superficial and more about real life situations like injustice, heartache and addiction. While most bands fit into only one category, we have been able to dip into several different scenes and genres. We’ve played reggae shows, punk shows, ska shows and even hip-hop shows. I feel like not a lot of bands nowadays can do that, which gives us an advantage. I am most proud of our latest album, “No Bad Daze” which I produced at my home studio as well as a San Diego Music Award nomination and being listed by NBC as one of “9 bands to watch in 2019.” I got where I am today by putting in a lot of work. It didn’t happen overnight and there has been lots of ups and downs. I want the world to know that as soon as this pandemic is over and we can resume playing music, I plan on expanding our brand of reggae all over the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Usually when a new friend comes in to town I like usually like to start by taking them to Sunset Cliffs. It is my favorite area of San Diego and my backyard. Next I would probably take them to get some drinks and watch the sunset at one of my favorite rooftop spots in Ocean Beach like Sunshine Company Saloon. I would probably end the night catching some live music at one of my favorite local music venues like Winston’s or The Holding Company.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s a lot of people in my life that I thank for the encouragement and support over the years. Mainly my parents who set me up for success and introduced me to some great music at a young age. Friends are crucial but it would be nothing without the supporters of the SD reggae scene. There would be no live shows without an audience to play to and these people made me feel welcome and appreciated.