Award: Future Bubblers Alumni Bursary

Year: 2018

Genre: Dance/Electronic

Instrument/voice type: DJ

Location: East Midlands


Based in Hull, van Ryn makes richly textured and layered, cinematic music that is both experimental and (mostly) electronic. An alumnus of Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers project (a grassroots talent discovery and development programme), he was commissioned in 2017 by Hull City of Culture to write and perform a tribute to the pioneering work of forgotten genius Basil Kirchin - an outsider musician, free-thinker and pioneer of sound manipulation.

2018 sees the release of Serendipity, the debut EP by Liam van Ryn. “Serendipity” - defined as making discoveries or happy accidents - is a fitting description for the four tracks that were the result of editing together odds and ends of analogue synth recordings.