RIV-VEN RIV-VEN From "riven": destroyed, torn apart, shattered. RIV-VEN’s story as an artist has yet to unfold. In fact, it begins right here. He will soon be releasing his first, 10-track album, Rewind, Delete. Dark electronic/synthpop elements and a slight retro touch, shaped by sounds and structures that take it into untagged territory. A solo artist who began life in London and ended up in Madrid, he started to play the piano at age 6, wrote and performed music throughout his childhood and teenage years and took a music degree. But then years of silence followed. Just recently he felt a compelling need to break that silence, start putting the pain he had never been able to express into words, and pour the energy and strength that enabled him to overcome it into music. “We’ve probably all been riven at some point in our lives and many of us have then risen from the depths of hopelessness and found an unexpected way forward.” The result: powerful, danceable, catharsis. Words that speak of what it is to be riven and music that echoes what it is to have risen.