Minneapolis based artist Ryan Van Slooten is what you might call the ultimate independent DIY musician. After releasing his third solo album in 2013, the award winning "Victory March" (2013 Album of the Year, PerfectDuluthDay.com), he was unsure what the next step would be. Having relocated from Duluth to the Twin Cities after 16 years there, that same year, he decided it was time to finally take over all recording and producing duties in his home studio. Van Slooten released "The Trouble With Flight" EP in the fall of 2017, the flagship effort from the studio he'd spent 3 years putting together, and most recently, his new single "Get Me High".
Van Slooten’s music has been described as “expertly written and recorded stuff that fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and John Mayer might enjoy.” He is equal parts rock n’ roller and crooner, blending a mix of rock and pop while still maintaining a singer-songwriter charm. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays nearly all the instruments on his recordings.
From clubs, bars, breweries, listening rooms, to intimate house concerts, Ryan Van Slooten has played everywhere. He maintains regular gigs regionally and hopes to take his songs on the road nationally in the new year.
Personally, as a stay-at-home dad for the past 11 years, Van Slooten put a lot of his musical ambitions on the back burner, a decision he says he wouldn't change for anything. Now at a place to expand upon what he's already accomplished, Van Slooten is ambitiously looking forward with great optimism. "It's not picking up where I left off, or starting over, it's the start of something totally new, and I couldn't be more excited about that."
Ryan Van Slooten released his new single and video for "Get Me High" on November 16, 2018. He plans to release at least one more single before releasing a new EP in the spring of 2019.