[PREMIERE + Q&A] Kersty Ryan Reminisces on Childhood Friends with “Lose It Like I Lost You”

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 24, 2020

Texas seems to be home to plenty of remarkable rising acts, but none of them are exactly like Kersty Ryan. This Austin-based talent lets us into the most emotional experiences she’s been through and comforts us in the vulnerable process. Ready to share her love of 80’s music, Ryan is leaving us stunned with yet another fantastic new single, “Lose It Like I Lost You.”

As Ryan divulges the falling out with her childhood best friend, “Lose It Like I Lost You” certainly resonates with most of us. Whether it’s the sun-soaked synths or Ryan’s enrapturing vocals, “Lose It Like I Lost You” sets the stage for an incredible three minutes of 80’s inspired righteousness. For those of you who are going through loss, let Ryan comfort you with “Lose It Like I Lost You.”

On “Lose It Like I Lost You,” Kersty Ryan exclusively shared with us,

“I wrote ‘Lose It Like I Lost You’ at a time when I had a falling out with a friend that I thought I would have forever. Sometimes friendship breakups hurt more than the real ones, because you go from being totally inseparable to complete strangers. In my case, it sucked because there was no real closure, and you hear all these things about them through other people. With this song I wanted to say that it’s okay to be torn up about losing a friend, especially when you feel like you’re missing out on so much.”

The Hidden Hits has your first listen of “Lose It Like I Lost You” below:

To celebrate the release of her new music, we recently chatted with Kersty Ryan about friendships, Mothica, and of course, “Lose It Like I Lost You.” 

HH: What has life been like since we last spoke to you in June?! 

KR: So amazing! Making my debut with “Anybody Else” was so fun, especially with it being my very first release. My friends threw me a small release party, and it was the most special time of my life that I will never forget. Other than that, I released my second single “Cut You Loose,” I’ve been in a lot of co-writing sessions with incredible songwriters, working on my next project, and hanging out a ton with my friends!

HH: How does the release of “Lose It Like I Lost You” compare to your debut single release for “Anybody Else?”

KR: This release is exciting because it’s the last one before my EP comes out! More planning is going into this one since it’s almost like I’m announcing two things at once. The songs are similar in style, but “Lose It Like I Lost You” is actually my favorite on the whole project. It’s fun and melancholic at the same time; I totally love it!

HH: “Lose It Like I Lost You” is about lost friendships, which is a huge part of life we’ve all experienced. What advice do you have for people who are going through the same thing? 

KR: Some people will grow with you, and some will grow apart from you. This is a part of life that totally sucks, and sometimes you won’t get the closure you would want when it happens like that. But trust me when I say that you will find the people who will stick with you! They’ll grow with you, and those are the people that you want to have around forever. You can still want the best for your ex-friend, even if you’re letting them ago, and even if it hurts a lot.

HH: What qualities do you look for in a good friend? 

KR: I look for someone who will build me up, and never tear me down or make me feel less-than. I look for someone who is encouraging, always pushing me to be better, and who will always tell me the honest truth out of love, not just saying things that I want to hear. I think that’s being a real friend.

HH: Who in the music industry do you think would be an amazing friend to you? 

KR: Right now I am totally on the Mothica train. I recently discovered her on Tik Tok, and I’m obsessed with her personality and music. I actually had a dream recently that we were best friends so hopefully I’m manifesting something that will come true lol.

HH: Just like in “Anybody Else,” your timeless pop soundscape in “Lose It Like I Lost You” takes us back to better days. What about other decades of music do you find so captivating?  

KR: I often take a lot of inspiration from the 80’s, because the music always feels so fun and timeless. It’s just all-around feel-good sounds, and that’s exactly what I wanted for these two songs especially!

HH: Why should listeners be excited about your forthcoming debut EP, SAD GRL? Do you have a release date yet? 

KR: SAD GRL is exciting because it’s an inside look into my past few years. All of the songs are inspired by real feelings and experiences straight from my own brain and life. All of the songs are so different from each other, and I think there’s something for everybody. It means so much to me! The release date is a secret for now, but I’m announcing it super soon!

HH: What are your three hidden hits?

KR: “If I Saw You Today” by Abigail Barlow
“Strawberry Milkshakes” by Ali Henderson
“Feel” by Lindsey Lomis

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