My first album is now out and available for download! For the Night Surely Comes look for it on iTunes, amazon and elsewhere very soon! Im so excited to share what I’ve been working on. Also, this album features my new bandmates, Billy von Raven… Continue Reading »
Maxwell von Raven is a musician, songwriter and poet who currently resides on a homestead in the Zuni Mountains of rural western New Mexico. He is also a bit daunted by the prospect of writing this whole artist bio in third person, so I’m not. I’ve been singing and writing songs as long as I can remember, and first picked up a guitar at age fourteen. I’m a blind queer-identified transman who grew up in east Texas, so my guitar and music in general is what got me through adolescence. I started out playing a mixture of folk and punk, and was heavily influenced by the riot girl bands of the mid to late 90s. For college, I moved to Denton TX, and played bass in two queer punk projects, Gender Trash, and Toxic Shock that were lots of fun but relatively short lived. I was also ocationally seen in robot drag, playing gong with an axe for the Denton queer neo classical punk band (esperance).
After college, I took a break from music for several years, you know, life, change etc, and I ended up on my homestead in the mountains where music came roaring back into my life like the high desert spring winds. I started writing folk songs again in 2010, and began playing at open mics, house parties and moonlight campfires, and to my shock and bewilderment, people seem to like what I do.
Currently I’m working on several musical projects, the foremost is an album of my songs, mostly dark folk, with a splash of old country, and a pinch of doom. I’m also working on a movie soundtrack with my friends for the indie movie Maybe God Is Talking To You. Also, in my heart, I’m a metalhead, and recently have formed a 3/4ths trans new age death metal band called Hartspace, of which I am the vocalist (Ibex von Raven). My dream is to combine my love of traditional folk music width metal and take part in a triumphantly epic folk/death metal band. I’ll still play the sweet fuzzy folk songs too, I’ll just take off the winged iron helm first, makes it more intimate.