Musician of the Week- Ryan Chappell

YEAR: Fourth

MAJOR: History



What’s your instrument of choice and why?

Mandolin. I was immediately fascinated by how unique it was, and how much it can add to the sound of more traditional instruments like guitar and bass.

What are you involved with musically?

I’ve been collaborating with Jackie Rabbitt, a good friend and fellow musician. I’ve never been able to commit to a full-fledged band, but I’m always on the look out. 

Who are your biggest influences?

My family. Chris Thile. The White Stripes. Flogging Molly. System of a Down. 


Who have you been listening to lately?

Radiohead. Since coming to college, I’ve really immersed myself in jazz.

What’s your plan for the future?

While I don’t plan on having a day job playing music, I’m going to be playing it for the rest of my life in some way or another. 

Any advice for aspiring musicians?

Listen. Always be listening. Listen to as much music as you possibly can.  Play with other people. Talk to other people about music. Above all, don’t give up just because things get difficult. Nobody got good at anything easily.