Ryan Vail | Bio & Studio
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Bio & Studio


Ryan blends the worlds of electronica, folk and classical, always experimenting combining classical instruments with unique methods of recording and composition.

In 2014 he composed the soundtrack for a full length BBC2 Documentary entitled “The Longest Night” as part of the BBC’s “True North” series.

In 2015 he composed a solo piano piece for World Piano Day which was chosen for Nils Frahm’s Piano day playlist on SoundCloud.

His 2015 collaborative album with Ciaran Lavery “Sea Legs” has been shortlisted for the NI Music Prize (Best Northern Irish Album of 2015) previous winners have included Foy Vance and Robyn G Shields.

 2016 seen Ryan release his debut album For Every Silence. For Every Silence quickly got a lot of attention and became BBC radio 1 Album of the week with Hue Stephens and Phil Taggart. Irish times Album of the week. Finally nominated for the 2016 Ni Music prize (Best Northern Irish Album of 2016).
2017 Ryan released Love is a Crow, a collaborative single with Jealous of the Birds that debuted on Lauren Lavernes 6 music show. Ryan Also featured in Nils Frahms national piano day.

Ryan has had radio play or performed live Sessions with BBC Introducing, Other Voices, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamauq, Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Across The Line, Tom Robinson, Phillip Taggart and Zane Lowe.

Ryan has supported many international live acts such as Nils Frahm, Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, David Kitt, Todd Terje, Phil Kieran, Luke Vibert and Orbital.

Studio Equipment.

Toft Audio ATB16
Se Munro Eggs
Yamaha Hs5
Graham Audio Ls5/9
NOS One monitor control
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 x 2
Behringer Pro Patch bays x 2
Universal Audio 1176
Stereo Pultec EQ
GSL4000 stereo compressor
ART Pro Mpa ii
Yamaha REV5
Roland RE20
Electroharmonix Cathedral Reverb
Eventide H9
Strymon El Capistan
MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Boss Analog delay
RAT Pro Distortion
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Fenix Strat
SE Gemini 2
Electro Voice RE20
Onyx 3 Spectrum analyzer


Moog SUB37
Moog MG1
Roland JUNO 6
Roland TR8
Roland TB3
Roland sp404
Roli Seaboard Grand
Nord electro 5D
Novation Bass Station 2
Elektron Analog 4
Elektron Octatrk
Waldorf Streichfett
Yamaha Tenori on
Yamaha RM1X
Yamaha CS2X
Korg volca FM
Jomox Base 09