Layten Kramer

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In the fall of 2013, Layten Kramer decided to leave his hometown Canmore, AB to grow roots in the Pacific Northwest to cultivate a new and more developed sound, collaborate with other musicians, and experience life as an artist in the city. Kramer built up a repertoire of songs amidst the rainy coastal winter. In the spring of 2014, he gathered his belongings and returned to Alberta to reunite with his best friends Dean Kheroufi and Connor Ellinger to record a homemade EP. That summer, Kramer was awarded the Grand Prize in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search 2014, which helped to fund the recording of his debut EP Through the Days.

In October of 2014, Kramer released his experimental-folk EP, which featured the acclaimed song “Sea of Glass.” The final production of the project was made possible by an incredibly successful crowd-funding campaign through Indiegogo. Shortly thereafter he embarked on a two-month tour, playing over 20 shows across British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan alongside talented Canadian musicians including Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Danny Olliver, and Jasper Sloan Yip. Both his EP and the tour have been well received and continue to garner acclaim within the Canadian music sphere, including The JUNO Awards, Ride The Tempo, and Digital Journal.

Kramer is currently tracking his first full-length release under his own name with band mates Kheroufi on bass and synth and Ellinger on drums. They are collaborating with JUNO Award Winning Producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde), alongside the music styling of Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers, Hannah Epperson (Peak Performance Alumni) and Geoff Hillhorst of The Deep Dark Woods. For the Sun embodies a change in direction, taking Kramer’s recognized folk sound and adding experimental song structure and lush soundscapes, all the while maintaining relatable lyrics and catchy, clever hooks.