The Dylan Ryche Story
Dylan Ryche (pronounced ‘Rike’) originally hails from Melbourne, Australia where as a young boy in the late 80’s he was captivated by the big hooks, big choruses, big melodies... and big hair of 80s rock n’ roll. He promptly took some guitar lessons and set about learning as many Poison, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and Bad English riffs as possible, with a dream of one day becoming a long-haired, tattooed, glam rock superstar.
Being a teenager in the 1990s and feeling little connection to any of the popular music of the day, he spent the decade wandering backwards through musical time and collecting every YES, Queen, KISS and Iron Maiden record that he could get his hands on while playing with friends in some local bands.
Eventually, an increasing interest in country music and the solo guitar playing of Yes guitarist Steve Howe led him to pick up a Tommy Emmanuel book and study the acoustic guitar more seriously. Hearing Don Ross’ “Klimbim” solidified the thought that solo acoustic guitar could be a very valuable musical voice. Hey - you could write, play and rehearse without needing five people to all get to the same rehearsal room at the same time. Talk about being more efficient!
After relocating to Canada, Dylan Ryche recorded and released his very own fingerstyle record aptly titled "Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar" in 2011, drawing inspiration from all his favourite guitar players and also from his eclectic progressive rock, glam/AOR and country music background. The album received very positive reviews; Fingerstyleguitarists.com said of Ryche, “This man is a compositional genius.”
Ryche explains his approach to solo guitar playing, "Honestly, I just try to write the best music that I can, and guitar just happens to be the instrument I play".
Dylan is the 2012 champion of the Canadian Fingerstyle Competition held annually at the Canadian Guitar Festival. Previous winners of this prestigious competition include Craig D’andrea, Antoine Dufour and Ewan Dobson.
Ryche lives with his wife Kelly and two kids and divides most of his days between playing guitar and being Dad. He has taught guitar lessons via Skype to students all over the world, is a regular columnist for guitar magazine Fingerstyle Journal and has shared the stage with such virtuostic musicians as Ewan Dobson, Maneli Jamal and Calum Graham.
His single, A Thank You In Fives was released to great acclaim in 2014 and second album Daydreamer followed in 2017 featuring the fan favourite, I Love My Life.
When asked about the future Ryche says "I'm going to do some more fingerstyle recordings, but I'm also planning on putting some projects together so I have an outlet for all the other sides of my musical universe. There's some great music coming!"