Melancholic singer-songwriter Chris was from Swansea, United Kingdom and moved to Singapore in 2008.
He describes song writing as one of the most important parts of his life and that he puts everything into his writing.
“I get labelled dark from time to time, but as long as I’m creating something I’m enjoying and proud of, I don’t really care.” Chris says.
He added that the phrase ‘These Brittle Bones’ is quite a frequent recurring lyric he had heard in different songs that also represents the fragility of his music.
On his songs
Reflective and personal are qualities that Chris deems important in his song writing.
“When I make music I don’t want something that I can tap my foot to – which is actually quite common in this day and age,” he says.
“I want to make something that does actually mean something not necessarily to the listener, but to me.” Chris adds.
It is a bonus for Chris if the listener is able to connect with the music as his writing is personal and sincere. He reflects about his life in the United Kingdom, especially so during the holiday season.
“Being apart from where you grew up would be quite hard hitting to anyone, but I also write about observations and ideas.” He says.
On being the BBC Welsh Artist of the week
Chris was christened the BBC Welsh Artist of the week in 2012, an introducing platform that he thinks UK musicians should be grateful of.
“Bethan Elfyn is a huge radio music icon in Wales and I was so pleased that she came across me on BBC Introducing.” Chris explains.
“She and the studio got in touch and she also played my new single ‘Flecks’ which was awesome.”
He added that he did not realize at that time how big his single was.
On his favourite songs and anything Singaporean
Behind every successful singer is an inspirational figure and for Chris, his favourite song right now is ‘Howling’ by To Kill a King. His all-time favourite is ‘Anything’ by Bon Iver.
Asked about his inspiration from local music, Chris shrugs it off by saying it is hard to find anything really similar to his own though he loves the Monster Cat and the new Giants Must Fall EP. He is also a big fan of Godzilla.
“The Singapore music scene is getting a lot stronger and people seem to be realizing that there is more than just the pop charts out here,” Chris says. “There are great venues like the Home Club and The Pigeonhole supporting local emerging artists which I think is very important.” He adds.
On other gigs and plans
Apart from his pigeonhole gig that concluded recently on 21 December 2012, he has a really huge special gig lined up for February which he is not allowed to say anything about it yet.
“We’re going to try have an album launch party/gig when the album releases in the first half of 2013 so that’s something to look out for!” Chris says.
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by Melissa Fu