RHY’s ‘DUMB FUNK’ EP and top influences

“I’ve always had an interesting relationship with the D-word (dumb, not death) and lyrically this EP is quite vulnerable, but I think making these songs fun and feel-good is my way of disarming it.”
7 July 2022

By Vanessa B

RHY is an Australian alt-pop artist sharing with us his EP DUMB FUNK along with an insight into his top influences this week. The main theme of the EP is the act of deconstructing the artists’ challenging yet relatable internal experiences, like overthinking.

DUMB FUNK is a 6-track EP featuring lead single ‘For Real’, out June 23rd, as well as 2021’s ‘Full Grown’, picked up by The Jungle Giants who selected it as a winner for Smirnoff’s Ads for Artists campaign.The EP also features singles ‘I Just Don’t Get It’ and late-2021 ‘Right in Front of Me’ which was released in collaboration with French-Japanese label Kitsuné Musique. Rounding it off is two more unreleased tunes ‘Ten Minutes’ and title-track ‘Dumb Funk’.

The EP was recorded and produced across three home-studios due to Ryhan moving home three times in the process, while getting to grips with what he wanted his distinct sound to be. The result is a promising, upbeat exploration of personal vulnerabilities with a contemporary, dance-y sound. As Ryhan shared:

“I’ve always had an interesting relationship with the D-word (dumb, not death) and lyrically this EP is quite vulnerable, but I think making these songs fun and feel-good is my way of disarming it.”

Since one of the best ways to deal with vulnerabilities is to face them head on, with intention, this exploration turned out to be a wise decision. While it has plenty of funk, it’s not dumb by any means, thoughtfully combing through the confusion and frustration with a sanguine approach, finding a sense of peace and acceptance and some quality tunes along the way. Check it out below along with Rhyan’s top five influences.

RHY’s Top Five Influences

1901 – Phoenix

I found ‘1901’ on a blog when I was 13 and was instantly pulled in by that first fat bass drone.
This was one of the first songs I think I actually fell in love with and that fusion of electronic and
traditional rock sounds that Phoenix does so well has since been foundational for my own sound.

Leaves – Tennyson

I distinctly remember being blown away by Tennyson’s ‘With You’ back in 2014 on Soundcloud
and have been following his releases closely since, up until his most recent album ‘Rot’, which
features a song called ‘Leaves’. Tennyson’s unique use of sampling has been a huge influence on
my production, and this song in particular’s use of banjo directly influenced my song ‘Ten
Minutes’.

Juno (Deluxe) – Remi Wolf

A more recent inspiration, I find myself coming back to listen to this again and again, discovering
something new every time. The production and songwriting are chaotic and so creatively refreshing
and have been helping to think outside the box recently.

Your English Is Good – Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club was the first band I remember seeing with a bass-playing front man, which was
infinitely cool to 13-year-old me who had just started playing the bass. This also planted the seed
for the possibility of doing that myself someday, which is somehow where we ended up.

Montreal – Roosevelt

Another high school influence; this track and Roosevelt’s whole debut EP fused indie rock and
electronic elements with disco and funk, which is pretty close to what I’m trying to achieve with
my debut EP. I’ve been particularly inspired by his driving 4-on-the-floor beats and use of
percussion.