Richard Spaven
June 17, 1974

Richard Spaven
Richard Spaven is one of the most unique artists in the world. Triple threat drummer, composer, and producer, his voice rings true with clarity and promise.

"He is the point where jazz meets the world” - José James.
"Mr.Spaven does it again, much more than just rhythm with this man” - Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio).

Richard Spaven has supplied the drums for many artists on stage and in the studio: Jose James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Gregory Porter to name but a few.

Working closely with such a diverse range of artists must bare influence upon Spaven’s own compositions, in which some how the drums bridge the gap between the worlds of jazz and electronic music.

Spaven’s debut release ‘5ive’s EP’ (Jazz Refreshed) in 2010 quietly turned heads.

Most recently it featured on best-selling video game ‘Grand Theft Auto V’.

With a guest appearance by Jose James on the hypnotic ‘Maz’, the record was seen by some as a jazz record but was also played out loud by many club DJ’s.

Richard Spaven plays Yamaha Drums and Meinl Cymbals.

Meinl Cymbals

© Guy van de Poel

© Guy van de Poel

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