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November 13, 2012 Existing Artist Tips, S - T - U No Comments

  • Currently touring and recording with US artist / vocalist José James (Blue Note Records). Recording new album in New York early 2012, working with Pino Palladino on bass.

    Footage from Itunes Festival 2012 www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjCwp8m_hkU
    Also featured on José’s previous album ‘Blackmagic’ and the worldwide tour that followed.
    Also a member of José James’ Facing East Project – Music of John Coltrane including last years acclaimed tour.

    Also recently performing with US Producer Flying Lotus (Warp Records / Brainfeeder).

    Performing internationally with The Cinematic Orchestra (Ninja Tune / Domino Records) as well as recording for their forthcoming album.

    Recently interviewed by Gilles Peterson about the Spaven’s 5ive album. www.gillespetersonworldwide.com/2011/05/gilles-peterson-worldwide-vol-4-no-9-richard-spaven/

    I also compiled a DJ set for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide radio show. www.giantstep.net/releases/2891

    Previously drummer for legendary U.S. artist GURU. Including a world tour with Guru’s Jazzmatazz.
    Musical Director for recent BBC Bob Marley tribute as well as last year’s BBC 1 Xtra 30 Years of Hip Hop celebration. Artists included Miss Dynamite, Roll Deep, Bashy, Blak Twang,Wretch32, Yasmin.
    I have also done numerous BBC Maida Vale Sessions for BBC Radio 1,2,3,4 and 1 Xtra.

    Prolific on the nu-jazz and broken beat scene, drummer for Mark de Clive-Lowe. Recorded with broken beat pioneers 4 Hero “Play With the Changes” album and their “Extensions” album. Other albums in the genre include Dutch nu-jazz Flowriders “R.U.E.D.Y.” album (Mr.Bongo Records), Mark de Clive-Lowe’s “Journey to the Light” (Freedom School / Japan), Mark de Clive-Lowe’s improvised Freesoul Sessions alongside Bembe Segue and Jason Yarde – various EP’s and the Freesoul Volume One LP (Antipodean). Also played with Bugz in the Attic (V2).

    Co-founder of the Robert Mitchell 3io. Writing contributions on the acclaimed debut album “The Greater Good” (33 Jazz). The album was awarded Best Jazz Album 2009 by Gilles Peterson at the Worldwide Awards.

    Long-standing musical director and drummer for UK rapper TY (BBE). Other artists I have performed / toured with – Wretch 32, Pino Palladino, Nailah Porter, Gregory Porter, Austin Peralta, US hip-hop group Platinum Pied Pipers (Ubiquity Records USA), DJ Vadim’s One Self, Aaron Jerome (BBE), Robert Mitchell’s Panacea, Estelle, Spek (V2), Credit to the Nation.

  • José James All Saints Basement Sessions 2011

    Feature in January 2012 iDRUM magazine (Issue 6)

    BBC Bob Marley Tribute

    Richard Spaven with José James (Stuttgart, Germany)

    Spaven’s 5ive (Richard Spaven EPK)

  • 1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.

      If the music you make really means something to you… chances are it will to somebody else.

      Don’t trust anyone with your business until they have earned that trust.

      Ego’s are impossible to work with.

    2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?

    Having a whole 3 months tour cancelled the week before.

    3. How did you get through or deal with it?

    It worked out in the end – the tour went ahead a few months later so looking back on it – it was one of those things. At the time though it was esteem destroying. Not to mention the hit my wallet took.

    4. What did you learn?

    I learned that other people have a lot of control over your life in this business. Try and make sure it’s the right people.


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