Eden Shadow was founded in 2011 by Ryan Elliott as the project title for his progressive solo works. With help from producer Gerwyn Howley, Ryan recorded and arranged his written work in no other facilities but his high school in Wales. Using such an extraordinary environment to develop a project so big, Ryan soon received regional press from The South Wales Echo where he received contact from Will Mackie who agreed to sign him to his and Rob Reed’s (Magenta) new label WhiteKnightRecords.
From there the name Eden Shadow was founded and “Phases” saw huge developments with not only input and advice from both Will and Rob but also Antony Kalugin of SunChild, Novelist, Artist and former rapper, Terry Cooper and former Gary Moore, Uriah Heap and Lonestar singer, John Sloman. Ryan’s projects were soon becoming something more than a solo endeavour and started to look for a band.
When Ryan moved to Guildford to study at Academy of Contemporary Music, He met like-minded musicians bassist Alex Broben and drummer, Tom Burgess and together they formed the fixed line up for Eden Shadow.
The mini album “Hail” was released May 2012 and features Rob Reed as a guest on 2 of the four tracks. “Hail” also acts as precursor for the upcoming feature-length debut album “Phases” which will be featuring several guests including Nik Turner of Hawkwind.
Ryan Elliott- Guitars, Vocals, Keys
From-Cardiff, Wales, UK
Ryan is the founding leader of EdenShadow, his self-announced speciality is the guitar, while also being the bands vocalist, keyboardist and producer. Ryan has won several competitions for “most promising musician in the region” winning the John Tree award in 2009 and has played in Wales’ most prestigious venue, The Millennium Centre.
Ryan currently studies at ACM, Guildford and is involved with other projects, such as Purple Spiral Project and future collaboration work with John Sloman and Antony Kalugin.
Top Influences-Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Mikael Akerfeldt, Alex Lifeson, Andy Latimer, David Gilmour, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Shawn Lane, Robert Fripp, Adam Jones, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Richard Barbieri, Jordan Rudess, Adam Holzman, Rick Wakeman, Peter Gabriel, Thom Yorke, Maynard James Keenan, Norah Jones, Imogen Heap, Bjork, Ravel, Debussy, Hans Zimmer, Javier Navarette.
Gear-Ibanez and Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Blackstar and Cornford Amps, Morley/Boss/ElectroHarmonix/Vox Pedals, Planet Waves Cabels, Ernie Ball Strings.
Other Interests- Films, (Favourite films include Pan’s Labyrinth, Let the Right One In, A Prophet, Kingdom of Heaven, The Last Samurai), Reading, (Favourite books include, 1984, Brave New World, The Dark Tower series and Fahrenheit 451) Cycling, Travelling, History, Astronomy, Philosophy, English.
Alex Broben-Bass, Synths
Born-1992 (Kent, UK)
Alex met Ryan during the early stages of his solo endeavours and joined the project not long before founding Eden Shadow, playing Bass as well as keys and synthesisers. Alex has shifted through a variety of disciplines including guitar, classical guitar and drums before specialising in the Bass Guitar, leaving him with an array of diverse musical knowledge and proficient skill.
Alex studies at ACM, Guildford and has a versatile taste in music and he is also involved with teaching and session work for artists in the Pop and RnB genre. Alex also does professional photography.
Top Influences-Anthony Jackson, Pino Palladino, Nathan East, Nate Watts, Jaco Pastorius, Tony Levin, John Myung, Martin Mendez, Colin Edwin, Alain Caron, Ray Riendeau, Dave Larue, Alex Webster, Steve Digiorgio, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, Bakithi Khumalo, Stanley Clarke, Paul Denman, Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Rocco Prestia, Pete Trewavas, Paolo Gregoletto, Orion.
Gear-Ernie Ball/MusicMan Bass Guitars, Fender Fretless Bass Guitars, Planet Waves Cables
Other Interests-Photography, Films (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Sunshine, The Beach, The Uninvited, Suckerpunch, 28 Weeks/Days Later), Reading (HP Lovecraft, Nietzsche.), Cycling, Languages
Tom Burgess-Drums, Percussion, Synths
From-Bournemouth, England, UK
Ryan and Tom met after exchanging emails when discovering their similar love of the progressive music genre. Ryan introduced Tom to Alex and the three started jamming. Tom specialises not only in being a proficient drummer but also has skills in production and engineering.
Tom has been involved in many projects including bands Soundfix, Crossbeam and Magic Potion having supported Hawklords and toured Europe.
Top Influences-Gavin Harrison, Marco Minnemann, Alan White, Bill Bruford, Jimmy Chamberlin, Neil Peart, Danny Carey.
Gear-Gretsch USA Custom with Sabian cymbals and Pro-Mark sticks
Other Interests-Films (Lord Of the Rings, Star Wars), Books (JRR Tolkien), Skating, Photography.