Skinny Dippers is a Brooklyn NY based Indie Music project formed in 2020 and fronted by singer/songwriter Ryan Gross. Drawing from his roots growing up on the coast of Maine, his style spans a broad range of genres by blending guitar-driven indie rock arrangements with analog synthesizers and choral harmonies.
In 2021, Gross enlisted the help of neighbors Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Dan Alvarez of the band TOLEDO to join as collaborators and bandmates on his debut album The Town & The City. The songs blend Indie-Rock, Folk, and Dream Pop forming a collection of stories about growing up on the rural coast and moving into adulthood in the depths of New York City.
If you had to describe your sound to someone that has never heard you, what would you say?
Some of the descriptions I keep hearing center around my music being melodically driven and narrative in nature, with airy vocals and blends of the 60s and 90’s influences. I’m a sucker for harmonies, tapey/analog sounds, and something you can hum along to, so I would definitely agree with those descriptors. If you’re looking for nostalgia-drenched sad boi indie then my upcoming album The Town & The City is going to be right up your alley.
In “Wedding ring” you care about the music but the songwriting is also a really important part of the song. Which comes first: melody or lyrics? Could you outline your composition process?
You only have a few singles on Spotify but you’ve been already featured by relevant blogs and curators. Did you expect this success?
Releasing music was initially something I just wanted to do for myself. I didn’t have any specific goals or expectations, but just wanted to record something and share it with the world. The initial reception to my first single Panties was so positive that it inspired me to really focus on recording more of the songs I have written over the last few years. I got the opportunity to work with some of my favorite artists in TOLEDO and Jay Som who helped produce and mix my latest record, and after hearing the final product I was optimistic that listeners would love these songs as much as I do.
What are your plans for the future? Any new releases?
My next single Night to Day will be coming out on April 8th. This will be the third single off my upcoming debut album The Town & The City which I plan to release later this summer. I’m also starting to look into booking shows for this summer in New York around the album release. It’ll be so fun to get in a room and play these songs live with a band for the first time since recording in the studio.
If you were a… type of plant?
I’d be a golden pothos. I like to branch out in many directions, I’m easy to care for, not too temperamental, and will flourish if you give me water, light, and warmth.
🌃 What’s your favorite moment…day or night?
A picture of you as a kid
Something you’re really good at but it’s a strange ability.
I’ve never lost a thumb war