Very humbled to be chosen as one of Planet S’ ‘Soon-To-Be-Great Eight’ in this year’s music issue! This puts a bit more pressure on me to get going on the next project(s)!
Thanks again to everyone for their support on FUTURA and everything else I’ve been involved with and spammed you about!
Though it wasn’t his first release, Saskatoon hip hop purveyor Ryan Stinson put out his EP Futura in early 2012, culminating in the video for his track “Rain”, which also featured Polaris Music Prize nominated rapper D-Sisive. Having grown up in Swift Current, Stinson was on the outskirts of the Saskatchewan music scene, but when he copped onto a thriving hip hop scene in Saskatoon, he started to learn beat-making and got his hands dirty.
“Since that time I’ve been a part of over 15 projects from artists across Canada, released three videos and taken over ownership and operations of Saskatoon’s beloved [independent hip hop label] Phonographique,” he says.
It’s hard to pin down his specific sound, as Stinson is fond of a sonic stick-and-move from album to album, and even from track to track. The song “DeLorean” off Futura is a buzzy, bassy knuckedown, while “Rain” is a mellow, beat- and guitar-driven mood-setter.
“I try to keep my sound evolving all of the time, since I’m a concept-based artist,” he says. “I think the best way to describe my sound would be to say that it’s mainly hip hop and downtempo influenced, with a little bit of electronic in there for good measure.
“I’m a big fan of artists that have the ability to keep building and developing their skill and sound throughout their careers, rather than hiding in their safety zone, so I hope to bring a progressive sound to the Saskatoon scene by pushing myself to develop from not only project to project, but also song to song.” /CS