Local Rap artist draws crowd with Edmonton performance

The Weekly Anchor – Monday, January 22, 2018

The name SRVENT has been getting a lot of recognition and for good reason, the up-and-comer is making a name for himself, and fans are travelling great distance to see him perform.

On January 12, Spencer Richard (SRVENT) a local Edson artist was a huge hit at the Mercury Room in Edmonton. He performed an opening set for the band “Form 10” and later he joined them on stage during their headline act where they became his backup band for one of his songs.

Fans from Edson, Hinton, and Edmonton packed the Mercury Room and were not disappointed as all the bands, including additional openers “Ends in Tragedy” and “The Pits”, delivered an outstanding performance.

When asked at what age SRVENT started playing instruments, he replied, “I started playing the piano when I was tall enough to reach it. I remember smashing keys with my palms and thinking it sounded so beautiful. I composed original music that grew in complexity as I got older. I didn’t really start singing until I was 17 years old.”

“I picked up the guitar and started to teach myself and within a couple days I wrote a song or two with actual words. After that I had to work up the courage to show those songs to my closest friends,” said Richard. “It took a lot of time and effort before I was confident enough to sing in front of people.”

“My favourite thing about performing is having the direct line of communication. In a performance venue, I actually get to see the reaction right on their face. The other incredible thing about performing live is that I feel like I get a chance to share my innermost self, I get to re-engage with the emotions I felt when I wrote the song and then I can see how people connect with those emotions too. It’s a great way to feel like a proper human being, you know. I get to connect with people in a way that defies words. I love it so much, even though I get nervous,” said Richard.

SRVENT is a young father of two daughters and he also works outside of the music business, “It’s basically family, work, sometimes friends, and writing. That’s my life. It’s a rare thing to be able to watch a show in face I’ve pretty much given up watching shows. I can sneak in the odd movie. If I can’t enjoy all of the grueling aspects of being an artist, I probably shouldn’t be trying to make a go of it. I also want my daughters to see what dedication looks like,” said Richard. “I spend time with them in the studio, sometimes I just grab the ukulele and sing songs with them. I want them to feel like daddy’s studio is a fun place as well as a sacred one.”

SRVENT’s debut album will be released in April of this year and you can also check out www.srvent.com for more information on him.