Races' Wade Ryff Does Not Want To Discuss Their Debut Album, Year of the Witch. Here's Why
Though he's a self-professed "city boy," Ryff says growing up in Los Angeles can be daunting if one wants to be a successful musician. "I always felt it was harder here," he says. "I remember thinking it would be better to go to a smaller place where there aren't as many bands. If you live in L.A. and you tell someone, 'I have a band. Come and see my show,' they don't care because everyone has a band and everyone plays shows. I feel like it's harder to get people to take you seriously as an artist in L.A. because everyone comes to L.A. to do that."
Of course even when one is being taken as seriously as Races, there are challenges. Ryff has to train a new bass player because the band's current bassist, Oliver Hild, can't continue to tour due to the demands of his job. Ryff doesn't have a day job, but he jokes that Starbucks should sponsor their tours because two of his bandmates work there and Ryff once worked there, too. He only lasted a few days. Looking sheepish, he laughs and says, "I went out for my lunch break and never came back."
Races' record release show is Friday night at The Echo.