has been involved with music for most of his life. He discovered
the power of the art form by thumping the family piano as an angry
5 year old. In the intervening 45 years he has attempted to harness
the same experimental, naive, playful power in his live performances
and in all of his 140 releases. This creative openness has led
him to explore different musical genres.
He has performed
floor spots at Hertfordshire folk clubs, and worked with members
of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has recorded a modern
pop album (‘Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits’), and
a score for the BBC SSO (‘Past Fragments of Distant Confrontation’).
He was commissioned to write music for the art film ‘The
Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers
of Joanna Southcott’, and his music has appeared in the
2013 feature film ‘Drinking Buddies’. He is the drum
machinist of the Flexibles, singer of AMOR.
He is classically
trained in piano and guitar, but musically he grew up in the shadow
cast by punk rock. Adopting guerrilla recording techniques, the
independent D.I.Y. ethic is at his core.
He is a solo
artist who also works with a diverse range of artists. He has
collaborated with Scottish filmmaker Luke Fowler, Arts Foundation
of New Zealand Award laureate winner Alastair Galbraith, Portuguese
organist David Maranha, and Japanese guitarist Makoto Kawabata
(Acid Mothers Temple) among others. Since 1985 he has performed
irregularly with Neil Campbell (A Band; Astral Social Club; Vibracathedral
Orchestra). He was the bassist for Jandek’s inaugural live
performance at Instal 2005, and plays as a duo with Damon Krukowski
(Galaxy 500; Magic Hour; Damon and Naomi).
“Imagine Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal
of prolific and puritanical English musician--mystics, including
The Fall’s Mark E Smith, Van der Graaf Generator’s
Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and The Clangers’ composer
Vernon Elliot, and still his nature will elude you”
- Stewart Lee, Sunday Times.