Born on 12th May, 1984, Van Larkins is a full-time solo musician and a renowned guitar teacher. Born in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Vans stepped his bare feet in the career of music starting from Western Australia. It was quite early in his life that Van discovered his passion as well as love for music.
He found music in almost everything –creating beautiful sounds & rhythms on anything that he came across –right from a small toy keyboard to an egg slicer. He received his first-ever toy keyboard for $5 that he loved playing along with favorite Walt Disney characters like Aladdin & Lion King. Playing the keyboard, he learned the famous melodies by heart.
As he advanced, Van’s dad showed him faith in the few chords of guitar that enticed him a lot. Soon enough, Van started playing the old records of his dad as he started learning the songs by ear. Some of the popular bands that Van loved are Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin. During the initial school days, Van played in a famous school rock band as a leading Bass player. He played Pantera, Metallica, Slipknot, and Megadeth.
Hunter Van Larkins
In the year 2002, Van moved back to Queensland. He settled in the Sunshine Coast where he started studying music –Diploma in Music and Diploma in Music Technology. Soon enough, he met Ross Hunter and formed the duet, namely “Hunter Van Larkins.” Eventually, he landed with a deal with the band “Candyrat Records.” In the year 2010, he launched his solo career in the field of music.
Some of the most notable performances of the duet Hunter Van Larkins are playing for the opening ceremony of the Australian Legends, namely “The Black Sparrows,” releasing the album “Myriad,” and playing at the famous “Woodford Folk Festival.” The album earned them huge praise from the critics as well as renowned performers from all around the world.
In the year 2010, Van Larkins went forth with the decision to pursue his professional career as a solo musician and a guitar teacher. He, thus, traveled to New Zealand to work along with Andrew White –an amazing guitarist and a professional music producer. After being in New Zealand for one year, Van recorded and promoted his first-ever album as a solo musician named “Wandering Hands.” The solo album by Van included performances by other leading performers, including Andrew White, Cello players, Harmonica Player by Sting, and Brendan Power.
The Next Leap
After working in Australia for several years as a leading music teacher, Van took his next leap to move to Nashville. His aim was to follow the footsteps of the leading guitarist from Australia “Tommy Emmanuel.” In Nashville, Van would work as a “stagehand” and was responsible for building stages as well as assisting music productions with leading artists including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Jimmy Buffet.
Van gets ample opportunities to travel internationally due to his lucrative music career. Currently, he is signed with the profound Candyrat Records displaying his love for guitars made in Australia.
“Ear candy” Phil Emmanuel – Recording Artist
"Van Larkins' music immediately draws you in and won't let you go until the end of each song"
Rob Poland - Candyrat Records
“an exciting all-rounder”
Akustik Gitarre Magazine
“Van Larkins’ technique is a fluid motion of beauty in sound”
“one-of-a-kind playing style.”
Style Media (Style Magazines.com)
“Ground-breaking techniques and a depth of composition unheard of.”
“Van Larkins can make one instrument sound like an entire band.”
Sunshine Coast Daily
“Van Larkins is without a doubt one of Australia’s proudest exports and must-see performers.”
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Overdrive (Music) Magazine
“Australia's number 1 modern acoustic guitarist"
Drew Roller - Acoustic Uprising Film
“It's easy to think Van Larkins is using a backing track. He isn't” Beat Magazine