We’ve interviewed another very talented musician HONEY Ribar. Her new single “HELP ME!” is coming out 17th September on all platforms.
HONEY Ribar went viral with over 500,000 views in less than 3 days, Honey Ribar has captured the hearts of fans both domestically and internationally with her unparalleled power-house vocals. She balances a successful YouTube channel of 3.5 million+ views with numerous live performances including Madison Square Garden, the Excel Energy Center, and the Nassau Colosseum. Her infectious personality and insane vocal talent has been recognized globally by celebrities including Zendaya, Hunter Hayes, and James Franco.
As well as having a massive following across all social media platforms, Honey has placed in the top 3 of major worldwide competitions on popular music websites including RyanSeacrest.com, BuzzFeed, and many more.
After the release of her debut singles “Rumors”, “Plastic” & “Have Mercy” Honey exploded into the music scene with a distinct Pop sound that will launch her as a dominant force in the music industry.
Honey has been a busy bee over the past year, writing and recording a lineup of fresh, new music. A few months after the pandemic hit, Honey’s struggle with addiction had taken a positive turn when she decided to get sober. While in recovery, Honey spent time writing and focusing on the 8 dimensions of wellness, in which she was able to process her emotions and dig deeper into the root of her pain and past trauma. Honey’s new music takes us on her journey of recovery and showcases extreme emotional depth with songs like “Oh Lawd” and “Sleeping Ugly”.
Her single “This Time”, produced by Italian DJ Teo Mandrelli (feat. yesh) received radio play throughout the UK and has been featured on Spotify’s discover weekly, along with her most recent singles “Oh Lawd” and “Sleeping Ugly”. Read more:
Lisa: Your music went viral in just 3 days because of your powerful vocals and your amazing performance. Tell me more about that, how did you feel at the time?
Honey: There really is no way to explain that feeling. I’ve felt it a few times in my career and that was definitely a highlighted moment.
One night I decided to record and post a random cover (“Love on Top”) and the next day I woke up to over 100K YouTube views. There’s nothing that can describe the feeling. All I can say is that it’s very humbling and I am truly grateful for the support and love.
Lisa: After the release of your debut singles “Rumors”, “Plastic” & “Have Mercy” you’ve exploded into the music scene. Tell me more about the songs, how were they written, was there a specific message you were sending with them?
Honey: Those were my first releases back from 2016. I wrote them with VERY specific messages, but “Plastic” was my main focus. The message is to be yourself and not change for society. I’ve struggled my entire life with eating disorders. They have stemmed from a place of control and self image for me personally and I wrote from the depths of that struggle. The beginning lyrics were written about when I would be in an audition room and all the girls sitting next to me looked the same. Everyone wore their hair similar, they were all beautiful, thin, wore expensive, beautiful dresses… I began to feel out of place, like I wasn’t good enough and that I would never be able to fit the mold that I wanted to fit, if it meant keeping my sanity. Hence, I wrote plastic…
Lisa: Have you managed to make any new discoveries as the time passed during your creative process? Do you think that at some point of that process your writing approach changed much?
Honey: Writing always comes from whatever I am feeling that day. Whatever message is speaking out within me, I end up writing about it. Over the past year my recovery has been the most important thing in my life and I felt that bringing listeners along on that journey would be a way to reintroduce myself in the most vulnerable way possible. I also write about what I’m passionate about… currently, I am in the process of discovering new ways to connect with people, whether that be celebrating with them or crying with them… that’s what my hope with this new music is.
Lisa: You have very interesting lyrics. What does your curiosity look like? How do you explore things?
Honey: My lyrics pertain to my emotional state and stories from my past, present, and future. I’m a natural explorer. I see life in layers, and as we peel through those layers we uncover more info and more truth. I love meeting new people, trying new things, going new places and enveloping myself in every moment so that I can take as much knowledge as I can. I ask lots of questions and remain as present as possible.
Lisa: Your latest single “stable” is amazing. What’s the story behind it?
Honey: I wrote this song in March 2021 with the incredibly talented artist/songwriter, Andreas Moss. This song is an expression of how I felt when I began finding balance in my life. Once I began my journey of self-discovery, I was able to pinpoint areas in my life which had been neglected for so long. This helped me find my deepest passions and rejoice in the rediscovery of my soul’s highest purpose.
I decided to use air quotes in the title as a conversation starter and way to personalize the meaning of the word. “Stability”… what does it mean to you? What does it feel like? How do internal and external forces sway stability in your life? Are we ever truly stable? These are all questions and topics I want to shed light on. With more action behind self-awareness we are able to obtain pieces of happiness and joy that can not be obtained from any other source but within.
Lisa: What types of change do you feel your music can initiate?
Honey: Confidence – to take chances and make necessary changes, and confidence in yourself and knowing that you are AMAZING!!!!
Comfort – in knowing you are not alone in your struggle
Connection – through stories, experiences, and similarities, and differences
Lisa: What non-musical entities and ideas have impacted your music?
Honey: Behavioral and emotional health have been my main attributes. From a young age I struggled with eating disorders, which evolved into substance abuse. The emotional journey that anyone with these patterns have lived with is nothing short of exhausting. My music is meant to provide comfort, confidence and connection to anyone struggling (and anyone who is not!)
Lisa: What’s next for you?
Honey: I never truly know what’s next, which is what excites me so much, but what you can expect from me is more music! My next single HELP ME! releases September 17th on all music platforms and is an expression of how I felt during my addiction.
2021 has been an incredible year full of songs that mean so much to me. They’re all pieces of my journey and as I put the puzzle together over time you will see glimpses of my past, hopes for my future, and how I exist presently. I am just here to be an example of someone who didn’t give up and kept going. If I can shed light on those in the darkness, I will have done exactly what I have been called to do.