Ryn Weaver has a lot to say about herself. The vibrant singer-songwriter, born in Encinitas, is holding a caramel apple lollipop in one hand and a cigarette in the other as she discusses her Saturday afternoon debut at the 2015 Coachella Music & Arts Festival.
"Coming to Coachella was a right of passage," said Weaver, 22. "It was like Woodstock for Southern California. I think I appreciate performing here more because I came here when I was younger."
For Weaver, this festival is a major step forward in her journey. She explained that the songs she wrote for her upcoming debut album - from which she performed 10 of the 11 during her concert at Coachella - represented a finished thought.
"It was a real pinnacle," Weaver said. "I really wanted to write an album about strong women, because I feel like that's how a lot of women are these days."
"There are some songs, mostly written by men, that have the woman (saying): 'Baby, baby please, I'll be anything you want.' But that's not me."
Weaver draws inspiration for strong female characters from artists she listened to when she was younger, including country-music stars Dolly Parton and Bobbie Gentry.