Flare Asks... Serena Ryder

Singer-songwriter Serena Ryder
Why: Ryder’s major label debut has critics comparing the 23 year-old’s soulful voice to Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. We caught up with the Millbrook, Ontario-native on tour in Australia.

Flare : What does style mean to you?
Serena Ryder: Style reflects on the outside, how we see ourselves on the inside.

F :   How would you define your style?
SR: I wear basic black – way too much. I love dressing up for shows though.

F:  How has your style evolved as you’ve matured?
SR: My style is ever-changing, just as fashion changes every season. I suppose the changes have become less and less dramatic as the years have gone by, though. I don’t define myself by what’s on my back anymore.

F: Why do you think style and fashion have been pushed to the forefront of our culture?
SR: Because there is a large part of our society that is constantly looking outward for answers. Our insecurities provide the opportunity for image to be sold to us. Some fashion is simply art, though. And I love art.

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Flare.com Asks… Serena Ryder, cont’d

F:  What are you listening to right now?
SR: Chopin’s “Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, ‘Raindrop’”.

F:  What do you think is the one album everyone should own?
SR: Ray Lamontagne “Trouble”.

F:  What’s one item you could not part with?
SR: I wouldn’t want to part with my Mini Maton guitar.
F: Who do you most admire?
SR: I admire anyone who is true to themselves.

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