Benny Blanco's SXSW Advice for Ryn Weaver: 'Chill Out, Little Girl'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Ryn Weaver is playing more than a handful of South By Southwest shows, but she's taking the party-going experience in moderation.
"I'm trying to have fun," the 22-year-old told ETonline just before her set at the YouTube space in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. "I've been here once before but just as a fan, and you learn [that] you can't drink all day -- that's like, a part of it. So I'm still having fun, it's just getting to bed before 2 o'clock for me. If I'm up too late, I'm toast the next day."
The singer-songwriter is signed to Benny Blanco's label, and the producer has had a major hand in developing her career. He's also had a few words of wisdom to share.
"Last night he saw me and he's like, 'Chill out, little girl. You've got stuff to do the next day,'" Weaver admits. "I'm like, 'fair enough.' He's been an older brother if you will, cause he's seen all the people make all the mistakes before. He's worked with so many different people, so he's always being more the father -- like, 'Little girl!' -- I'm like, 'Oh, OK. I guess I'm being irresponsible.'"
"Who wants to be a super nova?" she muses. "You wanna be like, burning bright and keep going."
Which is exactly what Weaver aims to do this year. She was recently named an MTV Artist to Watch and will play sets at several major festivals (including Coachella and Bonnaroo) across the country in the next few months.
"I guess my bucket list is to kill these performances and keep going and building my live shows," she says. "I don't hope to be prolific by any means, I only want to put out music when I feel there's an urge and it's necessary, but I already have a concept for my second album so hopefully I can start working on that."
In the meantime, Weaver's debut album The Fool will street on June 16. Keep it locked on ETonline.com for more from our interview, and follow @SophieSchillaci on Twitter and Instagram for the latest from SXSW.