Chris O’Ryan has worked as a sound engineer for some of the biggest names in the music business for almost two decades: David Guetta, Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande.
This year the Australian will celebrate yet another milestone. Next month Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will release his fifth studio album Changes. O’Ryan, known professionally as “Tek”, was in charge of the album’s vocals (he has worked on all but a handful of songs from Bieber’s back catalogue).
As the album’s title suggests, Changes is widely expected to usher-in a new musical era for Bieber. Earlier this month the 25-year-old singer-songwriter dropped the album’s lead single, Yummy, which leans more heavily on R&B influences in comparison to previous work.
O’Ryan said he witnessed firsthand how Bieber worked himself “to exhaustion” over the new album. Changes is the Bieber’s first studio album since 2015’s Purpose, which included hits such as What Do You Mean?, Sorry and Where Are U Now?.