Piano prodigy found hip hop and rap in his teens

The Edson Leader – Monday, December 11, 2017

Be who you are. Represent what you love.

Spencer Richard was told he was a piano prodigy at a young age, but it wasn’t until his early 20’s when he proclaimed his love of rap and hip-hop music.

The 27-year-old, known as his rap moniker SRVENT, has been writing and composing music his whole life. What began with piano compositions grew into songs and lyrics while playing guitar. What many didn’t know was that deep down Richard wanted to be a rap artist.

“I wasn’t open about my love of rap until I was 20,” said the Hinton native.

He first noticed his love of performing  rap and hip-hop when he was 17, as he found the rhymes to his lyrics becoming faster and faster.

“It just blended into it so quickly,” explained Richard. “Next thing I knew I was having this existential crisis where I had to come out of the closet as a rap artist.”

Now living in Edson, Richard has finally gotten serious about becoming a rapper. Recently he has filmed music videos in Edson, at Willmore Park and the Nova Theatre, and most recently in Hinton at the Performing Arts Theatre for his latest single, Little Boy, featuring Hinton’s Adam Renard.

His journet began with a Kickstarter campaign two years ago for $600. The funds would go towards the full version of Ableton Live music software. Richard had previously been using the program’s intro version and was looking to take his music to the next level.

“Before I started I didn’t even understand the difference between production, mixing and mastering, now I do all three,” said Richard. “I wanted to do everything. I just had to learn how to do it well.”

Working tirelessly for over two years, he is now closing in on the release of his debut album Meant to Bleed, due out in March 2018.

A small-town rap artist with small-town roots, he wears the title as a badge of honour. To be authentic is important, regardless of what the norm is. As Hinton, nor Edson, are known as hot beds for rap, he was once embarrassed to have a love for the genre. Now Richard looks to carry the flag for all small-town rappers.

“I’m from a small town, so let’s be a small town artist. Let’s be who I am. Let’s be where I came from. Let’s represent what I love,” said Richard.

Along with his debut album, Richard will be collaborating with producer LX Xander, who has worked with the likes of Gucci Mane and Wiz Khalifa. The two will be working together on a five-track EP which is due to release next summer.

“I have some momentum, but it feels like things are just starting.”

For more on SRVENT visit facebook.com/srvent.