30 Seconds With Ryan Beatty

When the opportunity to interview a fast-rising 16-year-old pop star named Ryan Beatty, I initially wrote him off as a Bieber clone, which would be like aural equivalent of Xeroxing the act of stepping on a LEGO. When I did finally sit down and give a listen to Beatty though, I have to admit there really is something there. He's got a Mrazian gift of phrase, and a voice that manages to showcase its youth without inspiring a listener to tell him to get off our lawn.

Take "Every Little Thing," for example. No great shakes in the visual presentation, but the tune is a definite earworm that is destined to accompany a hundred future relationship montages in romantic comedies. It's a cool soda on a hot day of a sound, and I sat down to see what I could learn about the boy behind it in 30 seconds.

Rocks Off: What is the best lyric in the world?

Ryan Beatty: This is one of my favorite lyrics -- "By the time I recognize this moment, this moment will be gone" from John Mayer's "Clarity."

RO: Someone throws a soda bottle at you onstage. What do you do?

RB: I'd pick up the bottle and drink it!

RO: Without worrying about space, time, or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play, and why?

RB: The ultimate place to play would be The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, with John Mayer on the guitar.

RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?

RB: I would buy an acoustic Martin guitar, all the classic Nintendo games, and part of the In 'N Out corporation!

RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?

RB: An ice cream cone from McDonalds.

RO: What are you looking forward to most about your show in Houston?

RB: I am really looking forward to just seeing all of the people who support me and like my music.

Ryan Beatty plays tonight at House of Blues. His EP Because of You is now available on iTunes.

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