Born in San Francisco and raised in San Rafael, Slightly Stoopid drummer Rymo (Ryan Moran) was bitten by the music bug shortly after his 10th birthday, citing Led Zeppelin and their drummer, John Bonham and Rush’s Neil Peart as particularly influential. After earning a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in 1993 for their 5 week Summer program, he attended SDSU beginning in late 1994 until 2000, when he earned his BA in Music.
He's been a full-time member of Slightly Stoopid since 2003 and his YouTube channel Rymostoopid has over 60 drum lessons posted and has over a million views. As a teacher, he's been involved in the Rios Music Project, a private music school in Carlsbad, and he also taught at the local A.R.T.S. music non-profit organization. In the studio, he has contributed to over 40 albums, mainly playing drums but also vibraphone, piano, didgeridoo, and world percussion.
In May 2021, Rymo released a solo album called Kinetic, preceded by singles for “Kinetic” and “Skooby Snax.” Guests players include Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, ABWH, Pink Floyd, King Crimson), YouTube guitar sensation Marty Schwartz. Local Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber helped record, produce, perform and engineer the album. Also contributing are Slightly Stoopid's Paul Wolstencroft, OG, Dela, Paulie, and AG, and film composer Farzam Salami added Middle Eastern percussion and stringed instruments on several tracks. "This album is a sonic journey," says Rymo. "The music touches down in various sounding regions around the globe and takes the listener on a ride."
(Photo by Sterling Munksgard provided by Glass Onyon PR)