Ritzy Park is a Berlin-based rock band that went from jamming at a party to enthralling their surroundings with their contagious energy on stage. The quintet’s repertoire varies from passionate and melancholic ballads to forceful, upbeat rock n’ roll anthems. With soulful harmony arrangements and heavy guitars, their sound will take the listener on a musical journey right to the heart of 70s rock and 90’s grunge.
Ritzy Park consists of Per Monstad (Norway) on bass, Elias Graversen (Denmark) on keys and vocals, Karolina Beijer Brondén (Sweden) on vocals and guitar, and Ylva Brandtsegg (Norway) on drums and backing vocals. The group met in Berlin through their studies at the music school British and Irish Modern Music Institute and formed the band in 2016. Throughout their journey, they’ve not only finished their first EP, What We Know, but also performed on multiple stages around Berlin such as Club Gretchen, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Musik and Frieden, Wabe, and Cassiopeia. Some career highlights include; playing on the opening day of the Mercedes Benz Platz, performing at the RAW stage of Fête de la Musique Berlin, filming a live video performance with BalconyTV Berlin, and participating in a Sennheiser commercial.
In November 2019, the band released their first EP, ‘What We Know’, consisting of four tracks.
Having grown up in Denmark, Bolivia, the U.S., and Italy, and being half Danish and half Bolivian, Elias is naturally influenced by the diverse music he grew up with. These include Bolivian folk, Blues, and the many facets of rock music. Elias lists Janis Joplin, Queen, and System of A Down as some of his inspirations. With the support of a musician father, Elias began learning piano and writing songs around the age of 9 and continued this in intervals until the present. In 2016, Elias moved from Rome to Berlin to pursue his musical ambitions as a songwriter and performer.
Per comes from a small Norwegian city called Åfjord. After growing up in a music-loving environment and being taught how to play multiple instruments by his mom, he studied music for over 6 years. At this point, he can’t imagine anything else than living out his passion on stage wholeheartedly. Per’s favorite band and major influence is Vulfpeck, an American funk band.
Ylva is from a tiny Norwegian town called Inderøy and started playing in her first band at age 14. She decided to study drums in Oslo before moving to Berlin. Now Ylva is part of the electronic music production course at BIMM Berlin. She draws major influences from legendary drummers like Dave Grohl and John Bohman. Several different genres are interesting to her but her main focus lies in authentic and honest music. With her never-dying energy on the drums, Ylva never fails to create a buzzing, energetic atmosphere around her.
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