“One of the great underground artists of our time.”
CAROLINE LUCAS MP
“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 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), 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, 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 Lo Fi Arts to handle his non-music creative work.
“A national gem of a songwriter.”
Emerging from roots in late 1990s lo-fi and psych-folk, 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, Frank Turner, Divine Comedy, Tom Robinson, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Delgados, British Sea Power, Carter USM, Robyn Hitchcock 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. Many of his satirical and 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, 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 Artist-In-Residence (Popular Music) at Leeds Metropolitan University, then Blogger-In-Residence for Brighton’s Royal Pavilion & Museums. He was Official Storyteller for TEDxBrighton 2014.
In March 2015 Chris released a duo album of covers with folk singer Gill Sandell, Walk Away Walk Away (Rowan Tree Records) and he joined radical rock’n’roll supergroup Thee Cee Cees as lead singer on their debut album Solution Songs (Blang! Records). His own 10th album will be out in late 2015.