RAMAN. is raw emotion, a no nonsense guitar sound, melancholic instrumental interludes and a voice that, once it grabs you, never lets go. The music starts somewhere in the Ghent slums, an internalisation of frontman Simon Raman.
Since March 2016, he has been performing alternative rock 'n' roll solo or with a band, always with a foot in blues and roots ground.
With an always back to basics allure, he fulfils a raw but soulful sound reminiscent of older souls like Chris Whitley, Jeff Buckley and Triggerfinger. Alternating between acoustic and electric, hard from the heart.
As the winner of Ghent's Young Wolves music competition in 2016, he already proved himself as an emerging talent. A growth spurt followed, he won the audience prize at the Student Rock Rally 2017 and in the same year snatched up the well-deserved top prize at the final of East Flanders rock concours Oost.best, now also known as Sound Track. In 2018, they were welcomed as artist in residence at music club N9. Maturity and Ghent's value was perpetuated by being awarded 1st laureate during the presentation of the prestigious Karen Vernimmen Prize, followed by a cultural homage by the City of Ghent.
In 2019, he presented his first EP in a sold-out Minard Schouwburg in Ghent. This EP of 6 songs is available online on Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, ... and on vinyl. This was followed by a new single Talkin' in 2021 with first airplay on Radio Willy and Studio Brussel among others. In the summer of that same year, he decided to go solo and has already supported Trixie Whitley, Novastar and Admiral Freebee. To be continued...