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RY X

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Artist Bio

RY X was born into the wild. Into a tiny island community off Australia’s east coast, he spent his formative years in the sea, exploring the coasts, and surfing. He could go days without seeing a car and would be flooded in for weeks at a time when the river rose. In some way RY has been striving to find that same purity ever since he left home as a grunge-obsessed kid aged 17.

“It’s been a real journey…” begins RY, whose path to his current home in Los Angeles’ ethereal Topanga Canyon has taken in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Stockholm, London, and Berlin. Fueled by his deep love of the sea and want to travel, he left Australia, carrying all of the music from his dads record collection in heart. He had been dabbling in song writing since he was 13 – and at 16 Jeff Buckley consolidated a known feeling for him of the gravity that music could carry. Under these travels he met a film producer while out in Costa Rica. After seeing RY play, he invited him to visit Los Angeles to explore the ideas of pursuing music in a more serious way

It was a strange experience for him. a whirlwind of experiences, and eventually a record was recorded and released, but so much influence was taken from others telling RY what to do, and how it should be done. It was a brief skirmish with ‘the machine’, and one he has no interest in repeating.

He then left to indonesia to find kinship with the sea once again and to lean into a strong practice of yoga and self reflection in his mothers footsteps who has been teaching yoga for 40 years. RY gradually returned to making music, only this time with zero industry influence. He reckons he’d be “a gypsy surfing the world” if it weren’t for music, and he applied that mindset to his art. Time spent in Europe led him to explore the concrete hues of techno, which resulted firstly in ‘Howling’, a 2012 collaboration with Frank Wiedemann of German electronic duo Ame, and then The Acid, a minimal project with UK DJ Adam Freeland, Seattle-born singer/songwriter Jens Kuross, and Californian producer Steve Nalepa.

When he wasn’t sweating in warehouse clubs in the small hours, RY conceived RY X and wrote fragile songs built on reverb drenched guitar and his searching vocal. Recording to tape and enjoying the hiss it left on his demos, he made the ‘Berlin’ EP in 2013. Its release – initially via Swedish label Dumont Dumont and subsequently on Infectious in the UK – would change everything. A two-minute tearjerker twisted around wispy guitar and his cracked vocal, the title track drifted out of his insular bubble and onto mainstream radio.

Somehow, a song recorded in a shack found itself nestled next to Rihanna on radio playlists. A track that doesn’t even have a proper chorus has now amassed 70 million spotify plays and counting. “It’s an anti-single,” Ry sums up matter-of-factly. “There’s something beautiful about a song like that being on the radio – it’s like a breath [of air]. It hurts my heart to hear it and I couldn’t record it like that again. There’s magic there.”

To stand any chance of getting anywhere near conjuring something similar for the self-produced ‘Dawn’, RY had to reconnect with his quiet wild side once again. Recreating the dark, Burial-style atmospheres of The Acid’s 2014 album ‘Liminal’ on tour and pin-balling between the city and the sea in attempt to satisfy his cravings for both had taken its toll. His usual quick fixes – yoga and surfing – weren’t going to cut it, so he retreated to Topanga Canyon in the hills above Los Angeles. “RY X is really honest, it’s so much about what feels right”, he explains, “The EP’s success was an accident, so I had to get back to that space of all heart no mind. There’s an expectation now in a way, but the music has always led and as soon as you step away from that you’re fucked. I had to make sure each song was a beautiful thing.”

Recorded live with only RY and his guitar, every song on ‘Dawn’ has a threadbare power – the arrangements are stripped back so there’s nothing separating the listener from the songs’ content. “These are live takes, sitting there like Neil Young or Nick Drake used to. It’s about holding tension – any fuck ups got left on the tape in an honest way. You’re really getting the feeling of someone sitting in a room playing the song.”

It’s that feeling – that of isolation, yet solidarity, and the pairing of hearts and minds – that has haunted RY X’s work in the years following the release of ‘Dawn’. Whether he’s recording the soundtrack to an anti-nuclear weaponry film (2017’s the bomb) and performing it live at the Nobel Peace Prize, with The Acid, or embarking on an orchestral tour of beautiful European concert halls and theatres, the fruits of RY X’s creative output have consistently followed a feeling that most musicians spend their entire careers aspiring to experience: the feeling of being creatively free, and true to oneself, yet all the while being able to connect with their audience on a raw, emotional, and profoundly human level.

For RY X, making music is not about fulfilling industry expectations, or striving for commercial success. It’s not about money, or fame, or external opinions. It’s about purity, and honesty, and creativity: about art, and freedom. More than anything, it’s about the feeling of your heart, mind and soul being free, and open, and pure. It’s this feeling that RY X has spent his career thus far attempting to emulate in his music, and it’s this feeling that he felt was unreachable when he washed up in Indonesia. He thought he’d never know it again – but, after nearly eight years of searching, he’s found it.

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Management

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Tour Dates

Feb 20 2019
Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 21 2019
Cathedral
Manchester, United Kingdom
Feb 23 2019
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Feb 24 2019
Trinity Centre
Bristol, United Kingdom
Feb 26 2019
Cabaret Sauvage
Paris, France
Feb 27 2019
Cirque Royal
Bruxelles, Belgium
Mar 01 2019
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 02 2019
Paradiso
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 03 2019
Fabrik
Hamburg, Germany
Mar 04 2019
Bremen Teater
København, Denmark
Mar 05 2019
Folketeateret
Sentrum, Norway
Mar 07 2019
Verti Music Hall
Berlin, Germany
Mar 08 2019
Täubchenthal
Leipzig, Germany
Mar 09 2019
TonHalle München
München, Germany
Mar 11 2019
Kulturbetrieb Wagenhallen
Stuttgart, Germany
Mar 12 2019
Batschkapp
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Mar 13 2019
Carlswerk Victoria
Köln, Germany
Mar 14 2019
den Atelier
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 16 2019
WUK
Wien, Austria
Mar 17 2019
Octagon Theater
Pully, Switzerland
Mar 18 2019
Palac Akropolis
Praha 3, Czech Republic
Mar 19 2019
Palladium
Warszawa, Poland
Mar 23 2019
Murmrr
Brooklyn, NY
Mar 24 2019
Le National
Montreal, Canada
Mar 25 2019
The Great Hall
Toronto, Canada
Mar 26 2019
Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL
Mar 28 2019
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 29 2019
Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, CA
Mar 30 2019
Grace Cathedral
San Francisco, CA
Apr 01 2019
The Old Church Concert Hall
Portland, OR
Apr 02 2019
Rio Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Apr 03 2019
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Seattle, WA
Apr 06 2019
Teatro de la Ciudad de México
Centro, Mexico
Oct 14 2019
Royal Albert Hall
London, United Kingdom

News

12/07/2018

RY X has announced that he will play the biggest headline show of his career at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 14th October 2019.

Having headlined a sold–out show at the Barbican in October - and with his much–anticipated second album Unfurl due for release 15th February via Infectious - RY X has announced news of his biggest…

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11/27/2018

RY X ANNOUNCES ROYAL ALBERT HALL FOR 14TH OCTOBER 2019, NEW SINGLE ‘YAYAYA’ OUT NOW’

Having played a sold–out show at the Barbican last month - and with his much–anticipated second album Unfurl due for release 15th February via Infectious - RY X has today announced news of his…

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11/05/2018

RY X – New Single Released!

'Bound', is the second single to be taken from his forthcoming sophomore album, Unfurl (out February 15th on Infectious/BMG). It's been added to Spotify's global New Music Friday playlist, and…

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