ORIAN [Oh/ Ree/ An]
Having performed throughout Europe and released two albums as Joey Ryan for almost a decade, 2019 saw Ryan morph into ORIAN; a natural progression that reflected the songwriters' move away from his folk and acoustic roots into a more indie alternative and atmospheric space. Born and raised in Co. Wexford, Ireland, after a move overseas to Berlin, Germany in 2016, a new sound and vibration was emerging that echoed the songwriter's journey to his new home; soaking in the sounds, vibrations and colours of the city.
After independently releasing his first two singles Tryin’ and Holding On in May and November 2019, ORIAN achieved support from Irish radio stations such as RTE Radio One, BBC Ulster, RED FM, BEAT 102103, KCLR, Dublin City FM and Shannonside, alongside support from Radio Eins, TIDE and Fritz Radio in Germany.
Having completed his second headline tour of Germany in February 2020, ORIAN’s Ask You Twice and Grateful marked the first two out of five new singles from the Irish artist planned for release over the next year. The third single being the much loved What Pulls You which garnered huge radio support in Ireland and Germany, amounting to over 200 plays on international radio in its first four weeks. This track was followed by Jewellery Box, which again received support from stations such as RTE 2FM, BBC Radio Ulster, RBB, Funklust, Flux FM to name a few, as well as editorial playlisting support on Deezer, Tidal and Amazon Music.
Finally, after building up to the release of his Debut EP over the past year, ORIAN is ready to show us the full picture with the announcement of his 5-trackEP Before It Weighs Us Down, which contains the four previously released songs and new track Beautiful Disguise; a powerful indie fuelled track that opens the new release.
With influences ranging from The National to Bon Iver; Hozier to The War On Drugs; ORIAN is guitar melody-based, atmospheric indie folk; with strong yet delicate vocals.
ORIAN has performed and supported many artists over the past few years in Ireland and Germany. Notably Mick Flannery, JET, Bastille, Georg Ezra, John Spillane, David Ryan Harris, Jack L.
‘ORIAN’s lyrics are emotional and touching and are accompanied by vocals that are beautifully captivating’
Yellow And Black
''To me, writing music feels as necessary as breathing and I always get excited when I start to write a new track. I love releasing new music into the world.''
Whether Live of in-studio, the acoustic guitar is still at the heart of what i do.
"'Grateful' reflects the vulnerability that I feel, and how important having the right people around you can be at these times."