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BIO: Raymond Stolp (1976) is a musician, writer and filmmaker from Zaandam, Holland. He studied Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and has been awarded the degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) upon passing the 'doctoraal' examination in 2004. Starting out as a painter, his attention soon shifted to music, releasing five albums (which he initially distributed himself, but later appeared on the Flyingdeer Records label) and playing live in primarily Holland, England and France. He mostly records by himself and fronts his own bands when performing live, but in 1991 he collaborated on a youth music project at the Paradiso in Amsterdam with Freddie Cavalli of Herman Brood & His Wild Romance and later recorded their song 'Stop Messin' Around In My Head' with Toni Oswald in 2006. Raymond has also worked in film as a composer and actor in the Kelatow/van Weerden production Kartel (2006) and writes, directs and edits his own music videos and promo material. As a writer his analysis of the BBC TV documentary Cracked Actor on David Bowie is featured as a chapter in the Wim Hendrikse book Never get old. David Bowie: Man of Ch-ch-changes, part 1 (Gopher, 2005). Raymond also maintains this web site's popular Ask Ray section and has written the introduction to his friend Edan Everly's official web site. A somewhat elusive figure, Raymond has nevertheless been an inspiration to up-and-coming musical talents like Amber Kamminga and Jeanne Rouwendaal, while his guitar work has recently earned praise from Leif de Leeuw (the number one blues/rock guitarist of the Benelux in 2016's Gitarist Poll Awards). Check out a video of them jamming together below. In 2016, after a seven-year absence from being in front of a movie camera, Raymond started a video series, the last installment of which you can watch on YouTube.

Raymond Stolp - Leif de Leeuw and Raymond Stolp play the blues. Jam, 2017

Written, directed, edited and produced by Raymond Stolp

Camera: Jan Willem van Proosdij

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