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RY X performing in 2017
RY X performing in 2017
Background information
Birth nameRy Cuming
Born (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 36)
Woodford Island, Australia
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2006–present
  • Jive Records
  • Dumont Dumont
  • Infectious Music UK

Ry Cuming (born 6 May 1988), better known by his stage name RY X, is an Australian singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer.[1] He was the first artist signed to the Stockholm-based label Dumont Dumont.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Ry Cuming[4] was born on 6 May 1988 on Woodford Island, where he became a surfer.[5] He now resides in California.[6]


Cuming has cited Pearl Jam and Jeff Buckley as his greatest influences,[7] and started writing music at the age of 16 after hearing Buckley's 1994 album Grace.[7] His song "Let Your Spirit Fly" appeared on the soundtrack of the 2006 film Hoot. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he was signed by Jive Records, releasing his self-titled debut album on 20 July 2010.[8] He briefly toured with Maroon 5, becoming their opening act in select venues.[1]

Cuming won the 2010 Dolphin Awards for "Best Pop Song" and "Best New Artist".[9] In 2012, he collaborated with Frank Wiedemann to release "Howling" on the German record label Innervisions, including a remix by Âme.[4] His EP Berlin, released on 28 August 2013,[10] was made available as 12" vinyl and digital. The title track charted in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.[11][12][13] The track also caught the attention of singer Sam Smith, who covered it.[14]

In 2014, Cuming became the lead singer of the band The Acid, which he formed with Los Angeles producer Freeland and Steve Nalepa. They released an album titled Liminal.[15] Together with Wiedemann he formed the band Howling and released a full length album Sacred Ground on Ninja Tune and Monkeytown Records. Cuming's single "Howling" was featured in the movie Everything, Everything. The remix by Âme was featured in the movie Taken 3.

In May 2016, Cuming released his second album Dawn through Infectious Records and Loma Vista Records.[16] The album charted at #34 in the UK Album Charts as well as charting in Germany, France, Canada, and Australia.[17] It gained favourable reception from the media, with a New York Times review saying, "His voice is a pearly, androgynous tenor, a vessel for liquid melancholy that blurs words at the edges. He stretches pop structures with repetition that grows devotional, obsessive, hypnotic."[16] In support of the album, he began an extensive tour across Europe and the U.S. as well as appearing at many festivals throughout 2016, such as Barn on the Farm and the Montreux Jazz Festival.[18]

In October 2018, Cuming confirmed that his third studio album, Unfurl, would be released in February 2019 via Infectious Music. The album announcement coincided with the release of a new single, "Untold", and the announcement of a global tour beginning in Europe that commenced the same month.

“Cuming has previously appeared on tracks by Diplo, ODESZA, Duke Dumont, and Black Coffee, and was commissioned to remix Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain”.”[19]

Blood Moon, Cuming's fourth album, was released in June 2022 via BMG.[20] The album was recorded, produced and engineered almost entirely by Cuming himself at his home studio in Topanga.[21] Blood Moon was released on the same day as Drake's album Honestly, Nevermind. "It was a dual celebration for RY X, who co-wrote and co-produced the Honestly, Nevermind track “Sticky”.”[19] Blood Moon features collaborator Ólafur Arnalds on the track, 'Colorblind'.[22] The project also took Cuming to Iceland to collaborate with Imre and Marne Van Opstal and renowned nature photographer Benjamin Hardman for the official videos of 'Your Love' and 'Come Back'.[23] Bloom Moon Remixes was released the following year, in June 2023.[24]

Moths was released in September 2023 with its debut on Youtube with the official video, shot in the Sahara desert.[25]

Live Performances[edit]

Cuming, performing as RY X, has played non-traditional venues throughout his career, including a Cercle livestreamed show from Brazil's Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.[26] In 2021, Cuming performed a livestream show produced by Driift from Vibiana Cathedral.[27] In September 2023, Cuming performed at London's St. Paul's Cathedral with the London Contemporary Orchestra.[28] It was said that this show sold out so quickly, the waitlist consisted of over 4000 people.[29]

Orchestral Shows[edit]

Artist Year City Venue Orchestra
RY X 2017 Berlin Konzerthaus Berlin Deutsches Kammerorchester[30]
RY X 2018 Munich Alte Kongresshalle Münchner Rundfunkorchester[31]
RY X 2018 Brussels AB Brussels Philharmonic Soloists[32]
RY X 2018 London Barbican London Contemporary Orchestra[33]
RY X 2019 London Royal Albert Hall London Contemporary Orchestra[34]
RY X 2021 Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall LA Philharmonic[35]
RY X 2023 London Roundhouse London Philharmonic Orchestra[36]
RY X 2023 London St Paul's Cathedral London Contemporary Orchestra[37]



Title Album details Peak chart positions

Ry Cuming
  • Released: 20 July 2010
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Dawn 41 114 87 57 52
  • Released: 15 February 2019[42]
  • Label: Infectious
  • Format: Digital download, CD
11 184
38 54 31
Blood Moon
  • Released: 17 June 2022[44]
  • Label: Infectious
  • Format: Digital download, CD
151 68

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Certification
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Infectious Music UK
  • Format: Digital download, 12" vinyl


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2013 "Berlin" 38 42* 15 46 Berlin EP
2014 "Love Like This" Non-album single
2016 "Sweat (Dusk Sessions)" Dawn
"Howling" Dawn
2017 "Bad Love" Non-album single
2018 "Untold" 9* Unfurl
"YaYaYa" 19*
2019 "Thunder" Non-album single

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Awards & Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

As the only peer-recognized music award, the GRAMMY is the music industry’s highest honor[47]

Year Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2022 Best Dance/Electronic Album Black Coffee - Subconciously Winner [48]
2016 Best Remixed Recording Only (Kaskade x Lipless Remix) Nominee [49]

Australian Music Prize[edit]

The Australian Music Prize has provided a mouthpiece to the best albums in Australian contemporary music. Now in its 19th year, the prize is widely recognised as the most prestigious award for Australian recording artists [50]

Year Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2022 Best albums of 2022 by Australian artists Blood Moon Nominee [51]

Music Week Awards[edit]

The Music Week Awards are the UK's only music awards that recognise labels, publishing, live, retail, A&R, radio, marketing and PR - all parts of this industry we love.[52]

Year Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2021 Sync of the Year Berlin - Normal People Nominee [53]

Dolphin Awards[edit]

The NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards are an annual iconic local music event, organised by the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association (NCEIA).[54]

Year Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2013 Best Pop Song Berlin Winner [55]
2013 Best New Artist RY X Winner


Track Region Certification Certified Units/Sales
Berlin Australia (ARIA) Gold[56] 35,000[57]
Berlin Norway (IFPI Norway) Platinum[58] 40,000[59]
Berlin Norway (IFPI Norway) Gold[58] 20,000[59]
Berlin Sweden (IFPI Sverige) Platinum[60] 40,000[61]

Other appearances[edit]


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