He’s toured worldwide, shared stages with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Clean Bandit, Fat Man Scoop, Ella Eyre and Sigala, performed at a string of festivals including V-Fest, Isle of Wight, Latitude, T In The Park, Electric Picnic, Party at the Palace and Kendal Calling, and he even opened for Rod Stewart at Glasgow’s Hydro, but what the drummer and DJ Ryan Hassan has yet to accomplish is his own material… until now.
The Scottish musician sets his path as a solo artist with debut single “Bomb Squad” featuring rapper Kofi Stone, who Hassan met in 2013 when both performers were supporting Tinie Tempah on his tour of Greece.
As Ryan recalls: “We were at the hotel and we spoke about collaborating and I played him some beats and then from there it was always in my mind to do the right track with him.”
Watching the video for “Bomb Squad”, you can see why only the pairing of Ryan Hassan and Kofi Stone would work, because no one else could match the intense energy of these two. It’s all about the dominating rhythms and bombastic beats of Hassan’s drums, complemented only by Stone’s lyrical fury.
Speaking about why, despite global success as a drummer, Ryan took this step towards becoming an artist in his own right, he explains:
“I really wanted to move forward from the original live show that I was doing and I knew the best way to do that was by introducing original tracks. Since I already had some material that I was working on I thought it was a seamless idea to incorporate it and then I started thinking about releasing it and getting other artists involved in the project to guest on the records.”