Episode 57: Go Your Own Way with Karina Rykman

In this episode, Dr. Leah and Taraleigh talk with bassist Karina Rykman about her immense love of live music and journey of becoming a professional musician herself. She shares her philosophy of saying yes to aligned offers, even when fear and imposter syndrome pop up. She discusses how she is a “rejector of traditional ways of being” and how she learned to play bass and guitar strictly by watching and listening to her musical influences. Karina recounts her early live music experiences and discovers that attending Bonnaroo in 9th grade with the Anastasio family was what really hooked her in the jam scene. For the “Did you Know” Dr. Leah shares how certain live music can feel like a coming “home” and the entry into a world never thought possible. Taraleigh encourages listeners to reflect on their hook into live music in the “Daily Jam.” 

Karina Rykman plays bass, sings, jumps around, and laughs a lot. In doing so, she has garnered a rare attention and avid listenership. Straddling the worlds of jam rock and indie pop drenched in psychedelia, Karina’s effervescent presence comes to life in musical form. With only six singles released, Karina has built a reputation as an unmissable live act. Her debut single “Plants” reached over a million streams, with the other singles not far behind. She can hardly contain herself about her yet-to-be-released debut studio record, as the best is truly yet to come.


Karina’s power trio sounds larger than the sum of their parts. With Adam November (Guitar/Looper/Effects) and Chris Corsico (Drums), Karina has headlined clubs across America, bringing her rapturous unbridled energy to her reciprocally passionate fans.


In 2016, Karina joined Marco Benevento's band on bass. With Benevento, she’s opened for Vulfpeck, Dispatch, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Guster, and many more. We’d be remiss to exclude her television appearances on The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, a feature on ABC7, and most recently, in the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers.


Catch Karina live at https://www.karinarykman.com/tour.

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