Photo by Logan Cole Photography

Photo by Logan Cole Photography

Debby Ryan’s band, The Never Ending, has just dropped their debut album called One. Here, the star of Jessie gets candid about recording the album, working with the guys, and going against the flow.

Tell us about One.

“People have been describing it as indie rock with a little bit of blues and retro pop. Of the nine songs, I wrote a few by myself and a few with the guys.”

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What’s it really like to record in a studio? Is it as glamorous as we think it is?

“I would say the most glamorous thing would be the luxury of having all the equipment at your fingertips. You’re able to write in the moment and play at any time. Most of us live in condos and apartments so it’s nice to be able to record at any time of the day and not bother your neighbors! It’s a massive playground where you can sing and make great music. As for the unglamorous part, when you’re in a recording studio for hours with five guys, it starts to smell like Thai food. JK!”

A sampler of One

The band released the album independently. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?

“We’re all learning a lot as we go along. It’s verrry expensive to make an album. Record labels have a tremendous amount of resources to make sales and get radio play. No matter how good my music is, it can’t make the charts if the word isn’t out and people can’t buy it. I have to rely heavily on my amazing fans to spread the word.

On the other hand, the advantage is that I can truly express myself creatively. I can do things on my own timeline and do them my way. My popular image is different from who I am creatively, and record labels want sales so they want to build on that. To keep my voice and stay true to myself creatively, I decided to release the record independently. Besides I like doing things on my own and going against the status (quo).”

“Mulholland Drive” from One

 

The Never Ending consists of singer-songwriter Debby Ryan, drummer Johnny Franco, guitarists Kyle Moore and Carman Kubanda, bassist Edwin Carranza, and keyboardist Harry Allen. One is now available on iTunes.

 

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