Powerhouse, songstress, and diva are all accurate terms to describe 22-year-old Ryn Weaver, who seemingly came out of nowhere last year with her overnight Internet hit, “Octahate.” The Fool—her first album—debuted last week, blending modern pop with '70s-style Stevie Nicks sounds, and boasted credits with notables like Benny Blanco (best known for writing hits with Katy Perry and Rihanna), Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos, and Charli XCX. On The Fool, it’s easy to see that Weaver craves and needs freedom with tracks like “New Constellations”: Keep showing me new constellations; I will run wherever I want to go. She’s certainly running, but the only direction this pop-queen will be heading anytime soon is up.
Saying that the naturally charming and intelligent alt-pop singer—who Charlie XCX refers to as a “goddess”—is easy to like is a massive understatement. Humble and grounded, Weaver's rise to fame hasn't changed her. Instead, the rising star says that although her rise to fame has been overwhelming and at times exhausting, she feels lucky to be surrounded by great mentors. Weaver speaks with an honest integrity that's wise beyond her years, unafraid to wear her heart on her sleeve.
We talked with Ryn about her stellar Bonnaroo set, inspirational breakups, freedom and stage fright. Click through the gallery to read the entire interview.