Raw Hardstyle – Experimental, yet grainy

“Criminal Mayhem” is an alias of German-Italian artist and musician Riccardo Fortunato, comprising Raw Hardstyle music production and performance. Putting emphasis on the texture of his sound, Criminal Mayhem’s music can be characterised as experimental and grainy. Viewing sound itself as a form of musical expression, Criminal Mayhem is putting the biggest focus on the texture of his sound and noises, while striving to create pure and original music, that is true to himself. Making use of dark ambiences and heavy granular kicks and having his music heard on the biggest festival grounds of the scene already, Criminal Mayhem is well known for the sonic worlds created within his music. A big part of Criminal Mayhem’s artistic practice is to take in almost all kinds of music while hardly listening to Hardstyle at all, trying to be untouched or influenced by other artists of his field. Next to that, Criminal Mayhem creates energetic performances full of contrast, that take the audience on a journey through his distinct world of music.

Being a trained musician, Riccardo is always seeking to portray artistic value within his practice and is eager to contribute to contemporary music and art. He is deeply inspired by the clash of minimalism with chaos and is fascinated by composers like Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki, Pavel Chesnokov and Arnold Schoenberg as well as by artists like Andrei Tarkowski.

Having signed with the Dutch record label “Theracords”, Criminal Mayhem is now ready to showcase his work and to become an entity within scene.

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