The Trilogy

3 albums.  1 year.

 

Born into music, baptized by live shows. 
The only child of a single mom, Chris was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area, a place with a rich history in music and plenty of venues for live shows .  It became apparent early in his life that the deeply rooted love music that his family shared for generations had also been passed down to Chris, too.  Guitar lessons, exposure to several instruments, and a few years of saxophone and percussion in the school band helped set the foundation for a lifelong interest, attraction, and desire to explore and create music. 

Any concert or tour that came through the area, Chris' mother took him to see it.  This continued until he was eventually able to drive himself and carry on the tradition.  The genres of the live music shows that he attended ranged from Rock and Roll, Electronic, Classical, Punk, Funk, Hip Hop, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, Emo, Synth Rock, Glam Rock, Big Band, and Pop.  The first 15 years of his live performing career was spent fronting countless cover bands in the area including Hoosier Daddy, One Day Late, and Revolver, just to name a few.  Playing everywhere from dive bars to state-of-the-art music venues, Chris gained a wealth of live experience singing everything from Elvis to Eminem.  This helped Chris develop the ability to fit his voice into any and all types of music.

It addition to being a life-long student of music, Chris also really enjoys studying astrophysics and anything relating to outer space.  As a backyard star gazer, a young Chris had early aspirations of becoming  an astronaut, exploring alien planets and galaxies far, far away.  This early dream was crushed by a grade school teacher who told Chris that he could never be an astronaut due to his poor eyesight and  having to wear glasses.  Devastated by this news, Chris kept his fascination with space alive through retro sci-fi television shows and movie, especially Star Wars.  

When finally setting out to create his own music, Chris had 3 goals in mind. Since his musical interests span 7 decades and many different genres, his first goal was to incorporate something from all these areas of music that he has been exposed to and grew up with.  This led to albums where each song sounds vastly different than the others. The second goal was to incorporate  his love for the cosmos . Though each track has a different influence behind it, there is a similar cosmic or "spacey" feel that can be found in each song.  Whether it's atmospheric synths, computerized 8-bit leads, alien and otherworldly sound effects, or themes in the lyrics,  you can find a connection to outer space in every song.

The third goal would prove to be a little more difficult to achieve than the first two.  Not only did Chris want to release a multi-genre, cosmic-influenced original album, but he wanted to release three of them, and in less than one year.  To do this. Chris used his past experience and knowledge of music theory to teach himself how to write, play, and record multiple instruments including guitars, bass guitars, piano, harmonica, vocoders,  drums, and electronic synthesizers. Little by little the project progressed each week that went by. During this creative period, Chris refused to leisurely listen to any music besides what he was creating, afraid that it would influence the "bucket list" project that he was so carefully working on.  He believed that the music and the musicians that have influenced him the most would be able to shine through his material if he relied only on the music that was deeply embedded in his soul and memory. Because of this, the main influences of Chris' music are echoed through each album. 

Though all music is written and recorded by Chris alone, he brings with him some of the best musicians from the midwest for live performances.  Believing that the visual aspect of a live performance is just as important as the sound, lots of lights and special effects help to create an unforgettable live experience at all Chris From Space concerts and shows.

Influences

Before and after completing the trilogy of albums, Chris credited several musicians with influencing his unique sound and lyrics. In no particular order these include:

  • Pink Floyd
  • Tame Impala
  • Something Corporate
  • Eminem
  • Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails
  • The Zombies
  • Jack White and The White Sripes
  • Alice Cooper
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • David Bowie
  • Prince
  • Queen
  • Foxy Shazam
  • Temples
  • The Who
  • Foster The People
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • Talking Heads
  • The Doors
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Rob Zombie
  • Dire Straights
  • Father John Misty
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Eric Burdon and The Animals
  • Outkast
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Janis Joplin
  • The Used
  • New Found Glory
  • The Beatles
  • MF Doom
  • Nirvana
  • Bob Marley
  • Bob Dylan
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • AC/DC
  • James Brown