Share alt-pop singer Ryan Hicks’ joyful “Experience” of live music

Ryan Hicks is an alt-pop, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Regina, Saskatchewan. Throughout his career he has released three full length albums, and now, he releases his fourth record, Experience.

The LP was recorded over a five day span with producer/engineer Jonathan Anderson at Protection Island in Vancouver, BC. Experience is a deeply personal and cinematic record that reflects the ups and downs of three years throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The titular focus track, “Experience,” is a love letter to live music and experiencing it with others, inspired by his own experience at a Father John Misty, Jason Isabel and Jade Bird concert in Minneapolis. After that show, he made a promise to himself that if he was able to play live music and go to shows again he would never take them for granted. 

“The last few years have been challenging,” says Hicks. “In that time, I had time to look at myself and what I want for a future. I want to be a part of a world where we care for each other and where all are welcome. I also realized how important live music is to me. This song is looking forward to new experiences and not taking them or anyone for granted.”