Interview: Toronto's Chris Chambers

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(Ed Note: On April 28, 2013, I had a chance to sit with the superbly talented singer and songwriter Chris Chambers. Not only has this solo artist released two independent records, he also has toured Canada, the US, and Europe. Having shared the stage with artists such as the Grammy Award Nominee Steve Earle and Matt Schofield, this well-rounded musician is definitely one to look out for.)

Chris, when did you start playing? When I was 11 years old, I was not even brought up in a musical family but my dad had an amazing record collection.

Having started at such a young age, what was your fondest musical memory growing up? I just remember when I was a kid, the first thing I learned how to use was the vinyl player and I would literally grab vinyls (I was 3 or 4 at the time) and play them one by one. Just having that ability to put music on when I wanted to hear it on my own was awesome.

Do you find that it is easier to write a song when you are in a positive mood or a negative mood? I don’t think I have ever written anything in a positive mood...

So in a bad mood then? No not in a bad mood... ahhhh …introspective mood I guess it’s not easy ... well I personally can’t write about pretty things.

A lot of musicians would agree. Which musicians have inspired you? Oh god... Like everybody... When I was young, guys like Albert King and Willie Nelson...I kind of listen to everybody. A lot of country music.

Who’s on repeat on your music player? Michael Landau. He’s like an L.A hero. He’s a session guy and I have gotten to know him in the last couple of years which is real fucking cool. Oh also Queens of the Stone Age are the best going for probably the last 10 years.

Your music has allowed for you to travel a lot. Tell us about your recent escapades. Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Amsterdam I mean the weather was kind of shitty but I had about 13 shows in Europe in the last couple months. People were awesome, the beer was amazing, and coffee was better.

How did European music venues defer from Toronto’s music venues? You know they still buy CDs and stuff out there it seems like they appreciate the music more. There are no TVs or anything at the bars so people come just to watch the musician.

Random question, if you got to choose two celebrities to be your parents, who would they be? Ummmmm…oh god. That is probably the weirdest fucking question I’ve heard…ok Morgan Freeman for my father cause his voice would make me trust everything he says… and my mom... wait whose an ugly celebrity... just someone ugly, the ugliest one you can think of so my loser buddies don’t be like “I want to bang your mom”.

Figure It Out, Del

For more information on Chris Chambers, visit here.