Art of all kinds inspires songstress Ryn Weaver

Ryn Weaver broke out with the 2014 viral hit “OctaHate.

Ryn Weaver broke out with the 2014 viral hit “OctaHate.”

It’s been a long, serpentine trip for San Diego-bred singer Ryn Weaver, who issued her charming debut “The Fool” this year, after breaking through with last year’s finger-popping single “OctaHate.” Among her inspirations, of sorts, were the mean girls at the private Catholic school she attended, who turned on her like jackals. A class trip to Disneyland was the final straw. “We were still frenemies then, but they locked me out on the balcony of our hotel for an extended period of time,” says the singer, born Erin Wuthrich. “So I ran away and went to a public school, and my first new friend there was Wiccan – I just loved it.

When did you realize you were an artistic kid?

I think I always knew that I was different. But as a female artist, you have a different crack at it than a boy, you know? Because me, walking around the house singing songs, or making my brothers be in plays that I was coming up with in my head? To parents of girls, it’s like, “Oh, isn’t she so cute and creative?” So I did what I wanted to do, I was encouraged, and I pursued it in a lot of different ways.

How did you get into acting?

By default, I guess. My grandfather used to follow me around with a camera my whole life. His wife died right before I was born, so I think I filled a certain void for him. I was his little pride and joy, and I was such a ham. So my mother threw me into theater, and I ended up doing musical theater, then absurdist theater, mime, and more avant-garde things.

And then you tried painting?

I didn’t just try it – I still do it. I love acrylics, I love oils, and I do a lot of ink drawing with Micron pens. My uncle was one of the first animators on “The Simpsons,” and my dad is an architect. But most of my favorite recording artists were also painters or actors, or both. So each of those fields teaches you a different trick, and they all intermingle.

And you appeared in horror films like “Kill Her, Not Me”?

That was the worst thing I’ve ever done. I was living in L.A., I was broke, but I didn’t want to work a restaurant job, so I would take random acting roles. And it’s not like you look at the script beforehand – you just say, “Oh! Thank you!” So I did it. Why not? I was just trying to make enough money to eat. And make music.


IF YOU GO

Ryn Weaver
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8
Tickets: $22.50
Contact: (415) 625-8880, www.ticketmaster.com

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