Ryan Van Slooten
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Ryan Van Slooten

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Dec
30
Ryan Van Slooten @ The Brewhouse

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Dec
17
Ryan Van Slooten @ Burrito Union

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Oct
22
Ryan Van Slooten @ Burrito Union

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Duluth, Minnesota, USA

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Discography

Up Until Now EP (2003)
Don't Forget to Write (2007) available at:
www.thesupertacks.com/downloads.htm

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As long as I can remember music has played a major role in my life, whether it be as a fan or as a musician myself. I was a band nerd from 4th grade right on up to the day I graduated in 1997. I played percussion and loved it. It was great being in the back banging on things watching all the parts come together in front of me. It was around my senior year when I discovered the guitar and I haven't put it down since.
I started a band when I got to college and even went to Music Tech in Minneapolis for awhile as a songwriting/guitar major.
Throughout all the band breakups, formation of new bands, shows, school, and all the other distractions, writing and playing songs has always been my escape. No matter what is going on in my life, there is always music to make things easier.
My influences are quite varied. I am a huge fan of acts like Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, and Ben Folds but the man I admire the most is Bruce Springsteen. No one makes you believe it more than the Boss. If you need some inspiration, look no further. On the other end of the spectrum, I love how fun and sometimes ridiculous music can be so I am a big 80's fan. I love hair metal and some of the new wave stuff. As classic bands go, it gets no better than Led Zeppelin, they kept me up in my room jamming for hours and hours a day when I first started playing. I still love playing their songs.
I am a firm believer in listening to all styles of music and opening your mind to something different.
My goal in playing and writing music is connection. I want people to understand where I'm coming from and identify with it in their own lives. Having the ability to create music is one of the greatest gifts a person could have and I'm humbled to have such a talent.
When I'm not playing solo, I also have a band called the SuperTacks. We are a hard rock band that kind of goes where the spirit moves us. Some songs sound like the Foo Fighters, other songs sound like Queens of the Stone Age. You can check us out at: www.thesupertacks.com or www.myspace.com/thesupertacks.
Or check me out at: www.ryanvanslooten.com or www.myspace.com/vanslooten