Interview by Carl Marsh - August 2014
you are a South African based singer that seems to be very busy at the moment, so thank you for doing this interview.
Hi there, greetings from SA, still winter here for another 2 weeks before spring arrives.
You know that I use this website to promote reading, so why is reading important to you?
In my personal opinion, reading is of the upmost importance. I don’t think that I have ever heard the importance of reading described better, than by Charles W. Elio:
‘Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers’.
This profound statement by Charles W. Elio, inspired me to read as often and as much as I can possibly find the time for, and has proven to be correct time and time again.
Why do you feel that people should read more?
People who do not read do themselves an incredible injustice, as there is so much knowledge out there that has come and gone, and people currently share with us. Knowledge that we have no other way of obtaining, the world simply becomes an amazing place, when we read, and read, and
What is your favourite book, and why is that?
It is difficult for me to label any one book that I have read as my ‘favourite’ but, one of the books that stand out for me is ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’.
The author, Jared Diamond, a professor of physiology at UCLA School of Medicine. Is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and was awarded a 1999 National Medal of Science. His writings are fascinating, awe inspiring and tremendously educational. The author attempts to answer why the Eurasian culture has been able to conquer and to dominate the rest of the world, it is about the fates of human societies, totally mesmerizing.
Are you currently reading anything at the moment, or just finished; a good read?
I am currently reading Terry Pratchet’s/Steven Baxter ‘The Long Mars – The Long Earth, Book 3’. I actually lose myself in fantasy novels when the opportunity presents itself, and I feel like escaping a little. And yes, it is a brilliant read; when it is light, comic, and well written entertainment, one seeks...
If I could ask you about your music career highlights so far, what is your best experience?
For me, and I believe, for every other artist, the day I got offered a recording contract by my label, Stone Studios International in Johannesburg.
Have you got any funny story that has happened over your career/life, that you can share with your fans here?
Wow yes, quite a few, but I would say the funniest one was when I performed at a festival in Johannesburg, which also featured some ‘cheer dancers’. You know how us pop artists can get a ‘little’ carried away. I was walking backwards on the stage during the performance and went just that little too far, falling off the stage and landing up in the middle and on top of a group of dancers. Luckily the audience and the dancers also thought it was ridiculously funny.
What do the next 12 months hold for you, Ryan Liann?
6 new singles to be released, video shoots for all the songs, and loads of live performances.
Did you always want to be an singer?
Apart from being totally adamant that I will be Spiderman until the age of six, I have never thought of doing anything other than music and singing.
"if you could be an animal, what would it be, and why?"
An Eagle, without a doubt. Fearless, tenacious, highest flyers and vitality. Eagles are full of life and are visionary but they find time to look back at their life and re-energize themselves.
Thank you for your time Carl, and the interest.
Oh, and I wish you a long and successful career not only in South Africa, but the rest of the World!
From your lips Carl, I will certainly work hard at it.
Country: South Africa