“One of the great underground artists of our time.”
“Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day Blake.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Writer and music maker Chris T-T is one of the UK’s most consistently acclaimed underground artists. Active since 1997, Chris has released nine albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008), as well as influential political protest record 9 Red Songs (2005) and most recently The Bear (2013).
He has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, Huffington Post, NME.com, New Public Thinkers and for four years wrote a weekly column on the arts in The Morning Star.
He has spoken at TEDx, Boring Conference, Great Escape Convention, SOAS, Brighton Digital Festival, Interrogate! at Dartington Hall, AIM Music Connect, Leeds University, Falmouth University and many others.
In summer 2014 Chris launched his weekly late night radio show
Chris T-T’s Midnight Campfire, on Juice 107.2 (Sussex, UK) and archived at TotallyRadio.com (worldwide). He also launched small-scale creative consultancy, Lo Fi Arts to handle his (and his allies’) non-music creative work.
“A national gem of a songwriter.”
Emerging from roots in late 90s lo-fi and psych-folk, Chris T-T first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban folk music, including attacks on mainstream artists such as Dreaming Of Injured Popstars and minor hit Eminem Is Gay. Later he developed into an influential figure of UK song; crossing barriers between punk, psych-pop and English folk, inspiring a generation of successful home-grown artists.
Chris has played shows around the world with artists such as Ben Folds, Elbow, The National, Divine Comedy, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Frank Turner, Delgados, British Sea Power, Arab Strap, Carter USM, Marcus Brigstocke, Madrugada, Future Of The Left, Robyn Hitchcock, Stewart Lee, Iain Sinclair and many others. He has been piano accompanist for Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.
A veteran of online activism, in 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme, as an act of civil disobedience in support of Paul Chambers’ Twitter Joke Trial. Several more of his political memes have gone viral in recent years.
Chris has also performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project; re-soundtracked live cult Japanese film Battle Royale for The Halloween Society at Soho’s Other Cinema and composed music on commission for the World Health Organisation and Natural History Museum.
In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, singing new versions of A.A. Milne’s 1920s childrens’ poems. In 2012, his blog entry criticising the Olympics Closing Ceremony, Not Just Shit But Dangerous brought 65,000 readers to this site in two days.
In 2013 Chris was the inaugural Artist-In-Residence (Popular Music) at Leeds Metropolitan University, then the inaugural Blogger-In-Residence for Brighton’s Royal Pavilion & Museums. He is Official Storyteller for TEDxBrighton 2014.
Chris T-T’s ninth album The Bear, recorded with his live band lineup Hoodrats, was released by Xtra Mile Recordings in October 2013. More recently he sang guest vocals on The Retrospective Soundtrack Players’ It’s A Wonderful Christmas Carol (Xtra Mile Recordings, Nov 2014) and on Isle Of Man songwriter Matt Creer’s The Leeward Side (self-release, Mar 2015). In March 2015 Chris will release a duo album of covers with folk singer Gill Sandell, called Walk Away Walk Away (Rowan Tree Records) and he is lead singer with radical rock’n’roll soul band Thee Cee Cees. His own 10th album will be out in 2015.