This week our #womancrushwednesday is Rykka!
Rykka, aka Christina Maria Rieder, has been making music since she was a teen, learning guitar between transatlantic visits to her father’s native Switzerland. The Surrey native got her start in music as an acoustic folk artist under her birth name before honing her sound and emerging with an alternative-pop bang. The artist went dark to the public at that point, taking her time in hiding to feverishly write songs and experiment with different instrumentation including keyboards and drum machines. In 2013, she released her first LP Kodiak, produced by Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother. She changed her name to Rykka, and the game changed for her. Kodiak paved the way for Rykka to win first place in Vancouver’s prestigious “Peak Performance Project” later that year, causing the industry to sit up and take notice. But Rykka doesn’t keep her award winning streak restricted to CAnada. Her single “The Last of Our Kind” won her the chance to represent Switzerland in the2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Legendary Canadian songstress, Celine Dion, notably won the contest in 1988, also representing Switzerland. Though Rykka didn’t take the top title, she put on a beautiful performance. Check it out below:
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
When I first met my husband I got gotten in the back door of a sold out show that he was performing at. He was playing guitar and I hadn’t heard of him before, but when I saw him, I knew that I had to get to know him better. It was something in his face, he has the kindest eyes and a great smile.
What is your definition of romance?
My definition of romance is something that lasts long term. It’s not two weeks, it’s 40 years. I think that if a person brightens your day, and your stronger with and for the other person, that’s romance.
What is your ideal first date?
When I was 16 my boyfriend was 21 and he had a car. Those dates were amazing because they were day long road trips and felt so free from my parents. My parents knew him, so I don’t think they were too worried… But that freedom was so amazing.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
I feel like for a really long time I would date creative geniuses who really only cared about their work and couldn’t give me what I needed. After dating those guys, I got tired and figured out that I can be with a creative person who was better at balancing their priorities in life. That being said, I’m also horrible at that and working on it.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
I’m so happy where I’m at. I found an amazing, funny, supportive, creative, the best partner ever. We keep the romance alive by involving each other in our creative projects, and taking those journeys together.