Royal & the Serpent’s dramatic alt-electro-pop is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Ryan Santiago. She introduced her assertive sound and distinctively girlish yet bluesy voice with the single “Temperance” in 2017. The project reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart with “Overwhelmed” from her debut EP Get a Grip in 2020. A featured spot on the Knocks’ “Sound the Alarm” beside Rivers Cuomo resulted in an appearance on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart the following year. Royal & the Serpent’s third EP, IF I DIED WOULD ANYONE CARE, saw release in 2022.