Twenty-one-year-old Weaver’s twitchy, deliciously off-kilter debut single “OctaHate” emerged seemingly out of nowhere this summer to rack up more than a million plays in a week. Co-written by Charli XCX and intricately produced by Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos, Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco, its mind-bending video – like something from Stanley Kubrick’s childhood nightmares – further marked her out as a brilliant pop oddity. With more Charli XCX collabs in the bag, expect Weaver to be everywhere next year, but in the meantime check out this rework of “OctaHate” by blissy LA synth producer Ghost Loft.
How do you think that style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Ryn Weaver: Quite frankly, I think our culture is bored. It could be because we now can have anything – from media to take-out to Uber – in the blink of an eye. But I feel it creating this undercurrent of social commentary/self-awareness and a new appreciation for what's real. It's a breeding ground for originality, change, and art.
In 15 words, sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Ryn Weaver: I can’t think of anything clever to say but I guess it would be ‘choonz’.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Ryn Weaver: I’ve never really thought I was a team player. For the past three or four years, I was really set on doing everything myself. I was creating all my own music – i.e. production, mixing and all that jazz. I have learned not only that collaboration enhances the product, but also that being in the room with such groovy people teaches me at a much quicker rate.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Ryn Weaver: Wendy Davis.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Ryn Weaver: Level 500 on Candy Crush and pictures of my vagina.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Ryn Weaver: Charli XCX. She’s been at this for a while and so deserves all the recognition. She’s dominating the pop world without giving two fucks about it, and after having worked with her I can say she’s totally the real deal.
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