Raven Artson lives for music. The Dutch
singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer landed in his
first band when he was only nine years old. While growing up, Raven was
entering a defining period of musical exploration, showing himself the ropes of
how to do it. Most prominently Raven has been drumming and producing for Mozes and the Firstborn, but also
provided production for the likes of Ray
Fuego, Yung Nnelg and Pip Blom and has his fair share in
composing movie-soundtracks, among which Madja Amin’s Stray Sheep. He coordinates his own creative direction, while being
in interdisciplinary dialogue with directors, photographers and designers.
Raven’s deep musical immersion and hefty back catalogue shine through in the
versatility of his solo work and his on-stage performance. Self-taught, driven
but humble, Raven is readying his debut project ‘Peak In Me’.
As a true master of melody, Raven’s music is
sweet and easy. His bold voice is always at the centre of the music - crooning
free above glistening instrumentation. Aside from his strong pop-sensibility,
Raven has plenty of musical experiments up his sleeves. He whips up a perfect
mixture of variations, lacing his songs and performance with clever left-turns
and sudden musical shifts. Lush woodwind sections, tight drums and heartfelt
vocal lines all blend seamlessly into a rich and psychedelic musical palette.
Raven’s music and personality find middle ground in being grand and ambitious,
while still being tangible and down to earth. Inhabiting the stage on his
lonesome in a double-breasted suit, Raven is voicing his heart without any
filter. Tear-dripping auto-tune with a supremely romantic quality.
Written by Sydney van Nieuwaal
Photography by Rick Erfmann Art direction by Ekaterina Galetski Hair styling by Hester Beek Make up by Joyce Clerkx @ Angelique Hoorn Hair colouring by Camilla Turelli Outfit by Demask Amsterdam