Erased Tapes' very first signee, London-based producer Ryan Lee West better known under the name Rival Consoles, is notable for making synthesisers sound human and atmospheric. His consistent desire to create a more organic, humanised sound sees West often draft early ideas on traditional, acoustic sounds of the guitar or the piano; forming pieces that capture a sense of songwriting behind the electronics. Fascinated by sound from an early age, Ryan chose to dedicate his time to studying and producing sound, graduating from De Montfort University in his hometown Leicester. In the early years as a recording artist West continued to experiment with a broad palette of electronic sounds.

Having previously remixed the likes of Jon Hopkins, Nico Muhly and label peers Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, further commissions followed from Max Cooper, Noisia, Sasha and UNKLE band Toydrum.

Photography by
Özge Cöne

Rival Consoles appears courtesy of
Erased Tapes