Ryan Elliott is a Welsh musician, composer and producer known for his adventurous, distinct and eclectic guitar playing and untempered ambition in writing and performing music.
In May of 2019, Elliott announced that he would be releasing his solo debut album, the music to follow will be a blend of many styles including rock, grunge, progressive rock/metal, dream pop and ballads all with a sense of strong conceptual grandeur of the 80’s: influenced by many artists including Steven Wilson, Bjork, Radiohead, Rush, Tears for Fears, Sting, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Mew, David Bowie and Tool.
The debut album ‘Between a Disillusion and Resolution’ was released on the 27th March and features nine tracks that offer an immersive and cinematic listening experience with dense harmonies, intricately written guitar and drum passages, atmospheric synthesisers and ornate arrangements.
Lyrically, the album explores and tackles many themes that veer between disillusion and resolution including unrest and uncertainty across the globe, identity, mental health, high profile scandals, climate change, family and long distance relationships, and the transformations and revelations of travelling or moving somewhere new.
Elliott’s career began at the age of 16 when he started performing extensively as a soloist, for local musical productions such as ‘We Will Rock You’ and with function bands. In 2009, Elliott won the John Tree award for most promising musician in RCT. In 2010, he attained distinctions in RGT guitar grades 6,7,8 within 6 consecutive months before studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford where he graduated with a first class honours in 2014.
From 2012 to 2018 Elliott was the leader of progressive rock band, Eden Shadow, who have released two full length albums under Rob Reed’s label White Knight Records, Phases (2014) and Melodies for Maladies (2016), both of which have sold internationally and features a range of guest musicians such as Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and Theo Travis (Steven Wilson/Soft Machine/ Robert Fripp). Melodies for Maladies was released to critical acclaim, being described as ‘a hidden gem’, ‘crazily good album’ and ‘one of the most accomplished and enjoyable progressive metal albums of 2016.’
In 2014, Elliott joined The Kinky Wizzards, the bass guitar and drum duo formed of brothers Miffy and Jiffy to transform the band into an instrumental rock and jazz trio. The band are garnering a reputation as being one of the most audacious and entertaining instrumental bands in the UK. The band regularly perform live, including being invited to the London Drum Show and supporting Frank Zappa’s band ‘The Mothers of Invention’ and Magenta. In March 2017, The Kinky Wizzards released their second album ‘Quirky Musings’ and was well received by listeners as a thoroughly entertaining instrumental album that was compared with the likes of The Aristocrats and Mahavishnu Orchestra.
The Kinky Wizzards are currently set to release the follow up to their second LP ‘Quirky Musings’ in 2020.
Alongside his own creative endeavours, Elliott dedicates his time to music education, music journalism and has extensive experience in freelance session work, having recorded for various jazz and pop sessions, played a variety of musicals and regularly performs with function bands.