Since May 11, 2017
|Bio||Inventing ground-breaking techniques and complex compositions, Van Larkins is hailed world-wide as a leading songwriter and guitarist in fingerstyle earning him magazine covers, a coveted spot on the CandyRat Records roster, endorsements and praise from the world's leading artists in the genre, including Andrew White, Phil Emmanuel and Strictly Ballroom's Antonio Vargas.
He started out experimenting on an egg-slicer at just ten, and now, at 32, Van Larkins is at the forefront of the fingerstyle guitar revolution in Australia, soon to release his 4th studio album, Cinder Moon and feature in a world-first fingerstyle guitar movie.
Recently 'sounding off' with him at Sunshine Coast music conference, Turn Up!, in what can only be described as a jaw-dropping display of sonic creation, Australia’s greatest electric guitar player, Phil Emmanuel said, “Van Larkins doesn’t just play guitar…he creates a beautiful musical soundscape. His application of musical cascades and original compositions shed new light to the term ‘ear candy’.”
Defying the eye when playing his energetic melodies, harmonies, percussion and bass with just 6 strings and a chunk of the finest carved wood, Van Larkins doesn't sing. He doesn't play drums. And there's no loop pedal. After all, why do any of that when he can make his acoustic guitar do it all?
Transforming what we traditionally consider a classical guitar style with musical influences like electronic, psy-trance and 70s funk, it's no surprise that Van Larkins is spearheading this musical revolution.
“Van Larkins has bags of technique and a great modern fingerstyle groove.” G7th, The Capo Company
"A revolution is afoot and Van Larkins is at the forefront. Without a doubt one of Australia's best fingerstyle guitarists, Van Larkins is an artist to watch" - Kylie Cobb, Publicist
“To listen to Van Larkins play guitar is to watch some magic of nature that both amazes and calms the
spirit. The listener is drawn into his world, a world where his seductive melodies tell tales of adventure
and of love and weave a path through a land that is new and exciting yet somehow familiar. ”
Andrew White – Recording Artist
"Van Larkins is one of the best young up-and-coming songwriters I know. His music immediately
draws you in and won't let you go until the end of each song"
Rob Poland - Candyrat Records (USA)
“Van Larkins doesn’t just play guitar…he creates a beautiful musical sound-scape. His application of
musical cascades and original compositions shed new light to the term “ear candy
Phil Emmanuel – Recording Artist
“Van represents what this degree is all about; it provides the perfect learning opportunity for creative
and talented people to express and explore their musical ambitions,”
Charlie Macneil – Creative Music Technologies
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