Soulier (Ryan Hall) is a WCMA Award Nominee, international DJ and electronic music producer based in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). An enigma, Ryan spends most of his time in his studio creating deep and intelligent layers of electronic sounds in the genres of tech-house, deep tech, deep house, and techno. Audiences catch a rare glimpse of an artist at work when he tours, and plays shows locally.
A product of the Canadian Prairies, Ryan grew up surrounded by music – having many mentors and inspirational people along his musical path. “Music is an obsession for me. I am always trying to think about new sounds, ways to show people the limitless potential of electronic music” He has performed many different musical styles, including classical, jazz, musicals, rock, metal, funk, and a number of electronic genres. He is inspired local Calgary-based artists who all share an equal passion for creating great electronic music. His growing online audience comes from all over the globe, including China, France, Canada, and the USA.
When did you first start singing?
I first started singing in my studio about three or four years ago, but my friend Tatrina Tai sings on some of my tracks, because she is brave and I am not. She has the most beautiful jazz voice, and it translates amazingly well to electronic music.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Definitely a lot of tech house artists of the 1990s, such as Mashtronic. Also, Guy J and Rodriguez Jr. I also try and find inspiration from a variety of genres and world styles such as Tuvan throat singing and Indian Ragas.
What kind of music do you listen to today?
Recently, I have been going through a lot of Recondite music. He has an amazing ear and has a lot of complex layers to his music. I have been listening to a lot of Techno as well, mostly minimal.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Spice Girls – Tell me what you want
A number of video game soundtracks (but I think they’re so cool)
Where would you most like to perform?
An evening spot under the stars at an outdoor festival with perfect weather.
Who would you most like to open for?
Back in the day, I would have loved to open up on the Lawrence Welk show just to see the look on their faces, but really, I would love to open for Kraftwerk or Mashtronic one day, preferably on tour so I can see them over and over again!
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
I would be in a room full of kittens.
Do you play any instruments?
I play bass guitar primarily, and also saxophone and keyboards. Saxophone solos are so sexy.
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
I would love to dabble in a little more classical music, doing soundtracks for film.
What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?
I think some modern country/rock is pretty boring. Just search for country music mashup by sir mashalot. Can you tell the difference between those songs? I love old country though, like honky tonk songs by Hank Williams from when people sung about real life problems.
What hidden talents do you have?
I have a talent for giving people amazing compliments. I put a lot of thought into them, and I like to make people feel good.
Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
I love writing music – hate writing lyrics. Every time I try and write lyrics, it sounds like a mastercard ad.
Where can people buy your music and connect with you ?
I have a ton of free downloads on my website at www.soulier.ca but you can find me in any online store (itunes, beatport) or on streaming services like google play and spotify. I also have instagram, facebook, and twitter if you want to see me making music, and on tour.
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