Ras Bolding is an electronic-based artist from Denmark who met Karlheinz Stockhausen at a toilet, broke a chair with Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos, and received a kiss on the cheek from Jean Michel Jarre. He has eaten barbecue with Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, told Gary Numan that he simply used way too many saxophones in the late eighties, to which he agreed, been to a zombie party with Einstürzende Neubauten’s N. U. Unruh, and shook hands with Bob Moog. Who died a few months later. Who is this Bolding anyway?
Bolding’s first musical ventures were on a Commodore 64 computer in the eighties when he was still a kid, and though he now surrounds himself with synthesizers of three generations, he still loves the sound of the good, old wonder machine, which he also plays live at concerts. He likes to perform his music in concert, bringing live energy and charisma to electronic music on stage, which he has done in clubs and at festivals all over Denmark for years, and now also abroad. Sometimes Bolding is alone with the machines, such as in 2007 when he attracted the largest audience in the history of Nakkefestival, one of Denmark’s biggest festivals for underground music, but sometimes also using guest musicians as well, ranging from punk rock guitarist through classical violinist to folk accordion player, double bass or electronica diva, always eager to perform vital parts of the music live and never opt for the easy and lazy solution to mime, a bad habit which, unfortunately, seems widespread within certain electronic music scenes. A number of concert videos can be found on YouTube showcasing Bolding in action.
Several of Ras Bolding’s concerts have received favourable reviews from Danish music mags such as Gaffa and Geiger, and many of his songs have topped the electronic music charts at Danish music platforms www.mymusic.dk and www.bandbase.dk just as interest on MySpace and Facebook has been ever increasing. When the infamous punk venue Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen was torn down a couple of years ago because it had been bought by a fanatical Christian sect that considered alternative culture a sin, Bolding recorded a sarcastic song about the leader of the sect, a song which became popular on student radios and was also played during demonstrations and riots related to the venue. Moreover, Ras Bolding is a founder of Danish goth club Klub Golem - www.klubgolem.dk - and writes for Danish music mags Gaffa - www.gaffa.dk - and Geiger - www.geiger.dk.
He is finishing an album project, Digital Age, which is themed around digital culture, dealing with issues such as net communication, media pollution, computer games, and cybersex – everyday life in the 21st century, what once was and never became science fiction. One song, Living Dead, is based on a recording of Bolding’s father breathing through a life support machine just a few days before his death; sometimes technology marks the boundary between this and the other side of reality.
Ras Bolding dyes his hair funny colours, has a couple of university degrees, doesn’t like vegetables much at all, said NO when national TV called him up to appear in one of their reality talent shows, and sometimes writes about himself in third person.
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