Interview: Ryan M. Spitzer
We first met Ryan Spitzer this summer, when he reached out to us at Lifestyle to help him with a concert proposal during the Summer Gods Tour.
Since then, he has written several articles you may have read. Today, we get to know him a little better through his answers to our fun questions as Expert of the Week.
JM: Third Eye Blind fans are all ages, some are brand new and some have been there since day one. How long have you been "in the blind?”
RS: I’ve been a fan since the first time I heard Semi-Charmed on the radio. Self-titled was the first CD that I ever owned, the one album that burned through the majority of my AA batteries growing up.
JM: If you got to have a sit down (non-date) meal and conversation with any member of the band, who would you choose?
RS: As cliché as it may sound, because I’m sure many expert interviews before me have also said this… I would choose Stephan mainly for the fact that after a lifetime of being a fan of their music; Stephan’s lyrics, the way that he sings each song, and his overall persona have almost been like a character, or sometimes even the voice in the background guiding me through the events of life. Well... or at least providing me with a soundtrack to my life. I would love to sit down with him and pick at some of these things on a deeper level, but I know he does not like to talk about his own music, and is quite humble in fact. Instead, I think I would prefer to just talk to him about life, books he likes, things that he’s interested in, and really stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with the band (although I might sneak a few questions in there that had been burning in me over the years).
JM: The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. He was the first musician honored. A lot of Third Eye Blind fans love the music in large part because of Stephan’s lyrics. Why do you think that is? What special qualities are in Stephan’s lyrics that make them more like poetry than those of the average songwriter?
RS: We already know Stephan has a huge appreciation for literature, and his major in college as well as his overall academic prowess is no secret. I think the fact that Stephan takes an academic and poetic approach to writing and composing is what gives Third Eye Blind their lasting impact. We are lucky to have such a high caliber of lyrics, that are consistently thought provoking, album to album, throughout their whole career. Another aspect of his writing is the detailed visually rich storytelling, character-driven, narrative style that has created this ongoing story and countless memories spanning their catalog. A lot of modern-day musicians have gotten lazy, they go straight for gut-checking emotions melodramatic or dumbed down word play where controversial subject matters and just overall shock value are the only selling point. One thing that Stephan has never done is dumb down his music, sell out to the press or compromise the integrity of the way that he approaches his art.
JM: If you could travel with one member of the band, who would you choose? Where would you like to go?
RS: I would definitely be choosing Kryz to take a trip to Japan with. First and foremost he’s a seasoned expert when it comes to traveling there, from the numerous times that he’s already been, and on top of that he’s a huge fan of the Japanese culture, anime, and really all the small little subtleties that an Otaku would appreciate. More importantly than this though is the fact that I have always dreamed about going to Japan. My brother, sister, and I grew up watching Japanese cartoons together, and have for the longest time been enamored by the culture, the history/mythology, the food, and especially the entertainment that comes from Asia (more specifically Japan). My brother passed away March 20th, 2015, and sadly he never got to go to Japan. He was supposed to go on a mission trip to Japan to work with a local Baptist church in July later that same year. He had even already paid for his whole trip.
JM: What’s your hometown? Next time Third Eye Blind is in town, what should they see and why would they like it?
RS: Considering how much the guys like getting outdoors and being active while on tour and how often we see them out on their bicycles and what not, I highly recommend that they check out Belle Isle in Richmond, VA. The views of the James river from the bridges and the island as well as the North Bank and Buttermilk bike trails make for a full day of fun. - Hey Guys seriously next time you schedule dates make sure you get a day off in Richmond I’d be glad to show you all around.
JM: If you found a magic Third Eye Blind Lamp, and a semi-charmed genie popped out, and you could make three Third Eye Blind related wishes, what would they be?
Wish #1: Ability to travel back in time and attend any iconic 3EB Concert.
Wish #2: I own the Lincoln Continental that was used while filming “How’s It Going To Be.”
Wish #3: The band attends/plays at my wedding.
JM: Is there one particular 3eb concert that stands out to you from all the others? Why?
RS: When I think back over all of the times that I’ve seen Third Eye Blind I can honestly say that among the many magic moments that I’ve experienced, the one that stands out the most is the night I proposed to my future wife Ashley 10/21/2017 in Charleston, S.C. (@family circle stadium). That night in particular marks a re-creation of one of the most amazing romantic vacations I’ve taken in my life, (2 years prior we saw the band together at the same venue), it also marks the beginning of so many new friendships through 3eb Lifestyle. The whole event seemed to be fated and it worked out perfectly as though our stars were aligned. With the ring ready, and the help of Liseli and Lizette from Lifestyle, I was able to not only document the moment with Ashley and the world, but also able to do it with the best view in the house front row/center, right at the guardrail with the woman of my dreams, the best music, and the most amazing fellow fans/concert goers.