Half Italian and half Dutch, Richard has been writing music since the young age of 11, when he grabbed his first guitar.
Over the years he learned to play piano and bass and his eclectic approach to music-making allowed him to explore all kind of genres in an ever-evolving sonic journey.
In 2012 Silk Music released his first, self-produced, instrumental/electronic EP, “Meet Me in The Blue“. He then begun collaborating with many international producers as a songwriter and arranger and continued writing and producing songs with his singer/songwriter alias Richard J Aarden (actual label: INRI – Torino).
In May 2019, Mogol’s CET Music School granted him a merit diploma and an honourable mention for his songs lyrics.
During that same year Richard fell in love with the very different and fascinating approach of writing music for moving pictures, a media he has always been very keen on.
He successfully attended a master in “music composition for images” at Conservatorio Boccherini (Lucca) – in partnership with Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome) – where he deepened his knowledge on orchestration and sound design. In 2020 co-founded Room1025, a music agency specialising in music solutions for brands and media.