The Need To Be Heard

The Need To Be Heard is a book for and about DIY (“Do It Yourself”) musicians- those artists who do not have big support teams that consist of labels, managers, and lawyers. It is the story of a variety of artists, both known and unknown, all united by a burning desire to be heard. Through interviews with dozens of artists and people in the music industry, and through her own story, Ryan reveals that our experiences in this business are collective in our triumphs and struggles.

The Need To Be Heard features exclusive interviews with:

Ian MacKaye of Fugazi / Dischord Records

Dana Colley of Morphine

Stephen Brodsky of Cave In

Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors

Mark Richardson of Pitchfork

Lowell Brams of Asthmatic Kitty Records

Dave Godowsky of Rounder Records

Bruce Flohr of ATO Records

Jim Powers of Minty Fresh Records

Derek Sivers of CD Baby

Jeff Goodman of Sonicbids

Tom Windish of The Windish Agency

Stephen Judge of Redeye Distribution

and many others…

Audrey Ryan is a New Englander who has performed all around the world, mostly as a “one man-band” multi instrumentalist, using electric guitar, accordion, ukulele, banjo, vibraphone, glockenspeil, drums, and a loop station.