And the little king monicker?
“I was born Ryan, which is Gaelic for ‘Little King’. You can either choose a new name or live up to the one given to you. By forgoing a more traditional path in life in favor of creating music, I feel like I’m meeting that challenge. I’m my own little king, creating my own little cosmos.”
For Rickenbach, his songs are often a form of catharsis, as he writes about his experiences surrounding regret, desire and self-doubt. Rickenbach will also tell you that many of his songs are about women. “My songs are rarely about a specific occurrence or person. I try to write thematically. There are times when I’m not that excited to revisit certain themes, but songs about women...I always feel willing to come back and say hello. Maybe that’s the Gemini in me. Though I’m partial to the Jungian perspective.”
With the release of “Adelaide,” Rickenbach plans to keep doing what he does best: writing and performing music. There also may be traveling in his future, as the desire to disappear in a foreign place remains one of his strongest forms of inspiration. Of course, wherever he goes, there’s no doubt he’ll find a way to create his own little cosmos.