One of the great underground artists of our time.
Outstanding, indispensable genius. Music so unfettered it never had mornings to slip. A modern-day William Blake.
SUNDAY TIMES (Top 5 Album Of The Year twice)
Writer and music artist Chris T-T is one of the UK’s most consistently praised 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); influential political protest record 9 Red Songs (2005); and most recently The Bear (2013).
He has clocked up more than 2,100 gigs.
He has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, NME and New Public Thinkers, blogs for Huffington Post and for four years wrote a weekly column on the arts in The Morning Star. He has been artist-in-residence at organisations ranging from The Royal Pavilion & Museums to Leeds Beckett University.
Chris has spoken at TEDx, Boring Conference, Louder Than Words, Great Escape Convention, SOAS, Brighton Digital Festival, Interrogate! at Dartington Hall, AIM Music Connect, Leeds University, Falmouth University and many others.
In 2014 Chris launched a weekly late night folk music radio show Chris T-T’s Midnight Campfire broadcast on Juice 107.2 (Sussex, UK) and TotallyRadio.com (worldwide). He also launched Lo Fi Arts, a consultancy to handle his non-music creative work.
A national gem of a songwriter.
That was brilliant.
CAROLINE LUCAS MP
Emerging from roots in late 1990s lo-fi and London-centric psych-folk, Chris T-T first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban alt/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 songwriting, 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, Frank Turner, Divine Comedy, Tom Robinson, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Delgados, British Sea Power, Carter USM, Robyn Hitchcock and many others. He’s been piano accompanist for Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.
He 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.
A veteran of online activism, in 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme. Many of his satirical and political memes have gone viral in recent years.
In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe, 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 March 2015 Chris released a duo album of covers with folk singer Gill Sandell, Walk Away Walk Away and joined radical rock’n’roll group Thee Cee Cees as lead singer on their debut album Solution Songs. His own 10th album is planned for late 2015.