A few months ago, Toronto pop star Ralph found herself a little funk.
And who could blame her? A few months after the release of her third EP “Gradience”, born woman Raffaela Weyman found her future touring plans in flux due to the unpredictability of the pandemic.
“I had a weak moment where, due to the time you’re not on tour and gaining more fans and visibility, I had a crisis of confidence.”
Because she’s a pop artist, whose audiences tend to be among the most fickle in music, Ralph feared her career was at a standstill, despite releasing two well-received energetic pop videos in “Tommy” and “Love Potion”.
“I was like ‘am I just getting old? Is the horse going to be taken behind the stable and slaughtered for glue? Am I still relevant? ‘ Ralph admitted in a phone interview before Christmas.
“Even though I was really hard on myself, as much as I love music, there is this perpetual fear of surviving in an industry where you don’t sign a contract with your audience that guarantees your future. “
However, a reassuring meeting with his manager made him feel better.
“I told him frankly how I felt,” says Ralph. “And she had prepared this annual summary of all my accolades. She visually showed me that my numbers on Spotify had increased; that my numbers on TikTok were higher. It was nice to see some stats and confirm that the projections are increasing and not decreasing.
Ralph says part of the reason for the melancholy of her career at the time was that, despite an earlier alliance with 604 Vancouver Records, she decided to go it alone with an independent label, Rich Man Records, in partnership. with his manager. , Laurie Lee Boutet.
“It all really depends on me,” she admits about the artistic decisions she makes. “And when I spiraled, I used that nervous energy to work really hard to make an EP that I love. At least if I like it, then no matter what, I’ll feel like I’ve honored myself and the project.
Nominated for the 2020 Juno Awards for Dance Recording of the Year for “Gravity,” the Etobicoke School of the Arts graduate has decided to take another left turn with this month’s single “Gasoline” This is a single that Ralph describes as “kind of like an Adele piano ballad” that doesn’t appear on any of his EPs.
“I wrote it at a SOCAN writing camp in Nicaragua four years ago, and as I wrote it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I got the feeling like you’ve done something really important, ‘”she explains.
Although she received good comments from friends and family, “my peers in the music industry were ‘unsure’ about this.”
On a tour in November – she managed to put on seven shows in 10 days across Canada before Omicron reared her ugly head and canceled a date in Toronto scheduled just before New Years – she had played “Gasoline” as an encore and was bolstered by the enthusiastic response to the song.
And that backlash led to the first of his New Year’s resolutions.
“I would still like to care less about what I think other people think and focus more on my gut feelings and intuition,” Ralph said. “I’m assailed by everyone’s voices and opinions and find that whenever this happens, I always regret it – even if it’s not to release a song. I need to start functioning more on my own intuition. It’s huge for me as a pleasure for people.
His other big problem is to stop envying other artists.
“I don’t like that feeling,” she admits. “Being jealous of others doesn’t make you feel more successful. I just need to focus more on my own goals and even my own accolades and feel proud. Envy will not bring me closer to my goals.
Life seems to be taking him in a positive direction: in 2021, his song “Feels Like Home” was the closing credits of the CBC TV series “Strays”, a spin-off of “Kim’s Convenience” – and later This month, she kicks off a brief tour of the United States to Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, where she sold out one night at the famous Mercury Lounge at the Big Apple and is booked for two others.
She’s also working with menstrual cup maker Viva on their new branding – she’s curated a playlist for them and is working on other projects.
However, music will always be the top priority for yoga, running and crossword enthusiasts, who have fully embraced pop music after running into jazz and folk.
“I think what’s cool about pop is that it’s such a hybrid genre,” says Ralph. “People are confused because they associate pop with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, the kind of chewing gum really, straight, on the nose. But Michael Jackson is pop, Drake is pop – and there’s so much more room to infuse all of these different sounds into your own pop sound to make it unique to you.
“So my philosophy regarding my art keeps evolving and trying new things. I’d kind of like to keep evolving and asserting more Kate Bush and Bonnie Raitt influences – just new things. Evolution is important to me. I don’t think you have to stagnate and do the same old stuff again.