Welcome to Eden Shadow!

Welcome to Eden Shadow. This is where my musical endeavours have taken me…and I have to say it has been one crazy journey.

It all started with an idea, or a dream, or a mixture of the two combining into the desire of writing and recording original progressive/art music. This was a solo project I put under the title “Phases”. My mentality towards this was just do it, let’s not care too much about the obstacles, let’s just go for it and see what happens.

Of course, it is naive but before I knew it I had spent two years tracking demos in my college and I had a lot of material to work with. The county I was in at the time was very encouraging to young college students about culture and creativity and consequently, press got very interested in what young people were up to. I so happened to attract local media attention that somehow, this luckily transcended into media attention from one of the most read papers in South Wales. It was surreal because I had the interview whilst cycling around Wales to raise funds to go to Uganda, a lot was happening at the time and it was only until I returned to my house and social media that I had an email that would change the course of my music project.

This was when I met Will Mackie of Caerllysi music, Hoggwash and WhiteKnightRecords, who took me through a huge learning curve. I was invited into a network of musicians and Artists where I met Rob Reed (Magenta), Will’s partner in the label WhiteKnightRecords, Antony Kalugin of Sunchild and Terry Cooper, rapper and artist who started creating artwork for my projects (which, by the way you can see as my web design). These individuals gave me vital tips and lessons from their personal experiences and as a result, my approach to production, instrumentation and sound design became much more comprehensive and challenging. My demos and ideas started to unfold into pieces of Art which I have finished writing. It has taken time, years even, but creative work simply cannot be rushed. The truth is I am happier than ever with how “Phases” looks and sounds like, and I shall release it once I can truly be proud of it.

Still a progressive project such as this one never really feels like a solo project, which is why there is now a huge team working towards developing the album, as well as fellow young musicians. Whilst all these changes were happening, I soon departed to Guildford to study music. This was where I met Alex Broben, originally from Paris. Our music tastes were very diverse yet very much on the same wavelength and it wasn’t before long that we started jamming Dream Theater and Rush, it did not take me long to ask him to play on my album after being astounded by his proficiency on the bass and distinct style that fitted perfectly to the songs I was writing. I started spreading the word through Guildford about my project in search of a drummer and this was when I received an email from Tom Burgess. As we started arranging meetings, it was instantly clear our inspirations and musical influences were very alike. The three of us started jamming songs and soon started working on the material I had written over the years. It has to be said to hear these songs live after years of writing them in my bedroom, is an incredibly exciting experience.

Myself, Tom and Alex shall be developing the final tracks for “Phases” together as Eden Shadow (Plus it will feature some very very special guests) but in the meantime we have an instrumental EP “Hail” due for a release late March/early April, we shall be playing gigs across UK and be keeping you up to date via edenshadow.net, and across the web with frequent blogs, vlogs and emails.

Many Thanks!!!

(Ryan)

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