Get to Know the Unique Bass Style of Stryer


Denver-based bass artist Stryer swung by to chat about his artistic journey and his latest track “Fall For Me Again” with Robbie Rosen.

The Mile High City has become renowned as one of the biggest homes of bass music and Stryer is an artist currently climbing the ranks of the scene who calls it home. Winning over newfound fans early on with releases like “Drown” with Mary Sweet and “Mine” with Fadead, he’s since landed on Subsidia and went on to foster a deeper connection with Bear Grillz and his imprint, Rude Service.

First appearing on Rude Service back in 2021, Stryer has dropped a flurry of releases on the bass-fueled label that include the Propagation EP and collaborations such as “Apollo” with Sentient and WISNER. These have helped show off the dynamic range this rising artist brings to his productions, and he’s only continued to impress in 2022. Kicking off the year by teaming up with Bear Grillz and Meg & Dia for “Float” and following that up with “Come On” with VLCN and the Full Moon EP, it’s become more clear with each passing release that Stryer is an artist to watch.

Last month, Stryer delivered “Under The Tide” with SOUNDR and then double-downed on the summer fun that will ensue by dropping “Fall For Me Again” with Robbie Rosen this past Friday. Looking to gain some added insight into this rising bass artist, we caught up with him to touch on his recent releases, past experiences, and plenty more. Give Stryer’s exclusive guest mix a spin and read on for the conversation!

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Hi Stryer, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us today! You recently released your latest single “Fall For Me Again,” which features vocals from Robbie Rosen. What’s the story behind how the two of you came together to work on this track?

So first off, “Fall For Me Again” is easily one of my favorite songs that I’ve gotten to work on. Robbie is an incredible artist and such a cool dude as well. I first received a bunch of topline ideas from his manager and this one stood out to me instantly. I knew we had something special on our hands, actually. 

As soon as I got the vocal I went to town and busted out the first demo in a few days. Well, nine months and about 25 different versions later, we have what is now the final masterpiece that it is!

Other releases this year like the Full Moon EP, “Come On” with VLCN, and “Under The Tide” with SOUNDR have seen you team up with other artists as well. Have these collaborations helped you grow your own skills in the studio? Do you find yourself picking up new ways to approach production?

Absolutely, I’ve learned a ton from all of my collaborations to this point. VLCN and SOUNDR specifically have become really good friends who I find myself talking to and sharing ideas with quite frequently. I feel like anytime you work with someone new, it’s really important to study their techniques and maybe take some of that with you on your future projects.

You kicked off the year with a bang by dropping “Float” with Bear Grillz and Meg & Dia, and have clearly found a home on Rude Service. What has the support from Bear Grillz and his team meant to you as a rising artist?

The support from RJ and the rest of Rude Service is always insane. It’s still very wild to me that RJ is my manager now. Four years ago I was just some little 21-year-old raver in the crowd at his sets, going crazy. It’s been really amazing working with him and my other manager Chris for about a year now, their knowledge is insane and I’m learning new stuff about the industry every day. I also consider them almost other brothers at this point & enjoy talking trash about their sports teams every single day.

Let’s switch gears and dive into your backstory a bit. What led to your passion for bass music and inevitably producing and playing it yourself?

So originally I started listening to EDM at the gym because I loved the energy. Of course, I started off with Big Room/Progressive house and other more mainstream genres. I eventually got into dubstep after attending Wobbleland San Jose in 2016 with some friends. I loved how the DJs would switch up songs at the drop and really give the crowd that “wow” factor.

When I moved to Denver in 2018, I decided to start producing and DJing myself because I wanted to make music to workout to. Turned out that I found an absolute passion for creating, something I had never planned on at the start. I started making more emotional bass music specifically because I absolutely live for those nostalgic moments at festivals where the whole crowd has their hands up and is singing along. Those are the moments you remember for life and I strive to create these for my fans.

What’s been the biggest struggle you’ve faced as an artist so far in your career? Have you been able to overcome it?

I would say the biggest struggles that I’ve faced as an artist have been mental battles with myself. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that it is very hard to not compare yourself to other artists out there. There will always be someone bigger than you, that’s just the fact. I’ve helped myself to kill some of these thoughts by just reminding myself why I do this, for the love of music.

I also think about all the people who I have impacted with my music so far. It’s really such a crazy feeling when someone reaches out saying that my music has saved their life, gotten them through a hard time, or simply just was nice to listen to on a long road trip!

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What’s the biggest piece of advice you’ve received so far that has helped you take your career to the next level?

I’ve received lots of advice, so this is a really hard question to answer. What’s been huge to me really is the overall reassurance from RJ (Bear Grillz) that a music career is such a long process and that I shouldn’t expect anything to happen overnight. I often tend to get those thoughts of “why am I not playing X amount of shows or getting X amount of streams” but this helps to relax my mind and keep me focused. 

Just for fun and since we’re in the early days of summer, what’s your favorite way to keep cool during the high heat of the season?

Well, I honestly spend most of my time in my studio so there’s always AC. [Laughs] Besides that though, a 1/2 Chocolate 1/2 Vanilla shake from In N Out never fails to do the job.

Finally, what goals do you have for the rest of 2022 and beyond?

Moving forward for the rest of this year and beyond, I’m just looking to continue growing musically and make as many friends as possible along the way. I know that if I continue to do these things and keep my intentions pure, the rest will follow.

For some “measurable” goals, I’d love to get signed by a booking agency and get some releases on a few major labels that we’ve been working towards for years now. I’m confident that we can make all of this happen!

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