Interview Chris Watkins

I originally discovered the music of Chris Watkins when it was promoted on the twitter account @MusicHourUK who shared his song ‘London Can Take it’. The song had a heavy Bob Dylan feel, and at times Chris’ vocals reminded me of Shawn Mullins. Being a big fan of musicians like Dave Van Ronk and Nick Drake I have a great appreciation for a honest sound with deep lyrics, this is what was on offer with this song. I then decided to check out more of his music and what I found was an impressive lyricist who knows how to tell a story.

Hailing from Alaska, Chris Watkins began playing the guitar at the age of ten and by the age of 16 founded his band Drunk Poets. As time went by Chris continued with the band name and saw other band members come and go but this did not stop him from doing what he enjoys, creating music. To give you a little more of an insight with the music of Chris Watkins I thought I would get in touch with him to ask him a few questions. I m glad to say that he was more than welcome to be involved. This is what we talked about:

Was there a moment or someone that inspired you to become a musician?

No, it was really an accumulative effect.

Once this decision was made, were there any musicians who help influence your music and it’s sound?

Sean and Eric Cobb. All three of us were and are composers working within the pop idiom.

From the research I have done I can see that you have been in the music game for a while now. Could you tell me about your adventure in the world of music so far?

At some point I had to decide whether I was going to be a writer or a musician, and I chose writer.

When you write new music what is the important part to your process and what helps you get passed writers block?

At my age I wait for the inspiration to arrive and it always does.

For new fans out there, what singles/EP’s/Albums has you released so far?

I do have several albums that I released many years ago that I plan to have remastered and will rerelease in the future. Here is a list of my albums that are currently available….

Empty Rooms

Going Down Slow

Nail It Down

Lazy Mountain Moon

Winter Birds

London Can Take It

Lights All Askew

From these releases which are your favourite songs and why?

Dark Old Houses off my most recent album Lights All Askew, because it epitomizes the aesthetic that I am trying to achieve.

From the experience you have gained, what advice would you give any new musicians/bands out there?

Develop a reading habit.

If you had the opportunity to spend the day with any musician (alive or dead) who would you choose and why?

Charlie Parker, because he blew the horn like Thomas Wolfe wrote prose.

What are your future plans and goals for your music?

My goal is to be in a position where I am able to focus full time on writing and recording music.

Finally, is there anything you like to say to any new listeners out there or maybe to any of your fans who are reading this?

I would like to say thank you to my followers and friends around the world. I am very grateful for and humbled by the loyal support and positive feedback that has been shown to me on social media. Thank you all.

As you see during the interview that Chris has a large collection of songs and they are all to an impressive calibre. From his earlier releases I recommend ‘Roman Nights’ (from album Empty Rooms) and ‘Lincoln Theatre’ (from album Going down Slow)’. I highly recommend you check out his 2015 release ‘London Can Take It’ as it is a wonderful album with so many great songs including the title track and ‘Dead Man’s Feet’.

Chris has recently released his album ‘Lights All Askew’. Personally I found each release evolved from the previous offering and this album continues this trend by giving the listener his strongest collection of songs to date. He continues with his musical style that is about a man with his guitar who wants to share some wonderful stories. This time round he has enlisted the help of his niece who’s beautiful vocals gives his songs a different feel giving this album even more depth. My recommended tracks are ‘Cheerleader in love’, ‘Dark Old Horses’ and ‘Souls Midnight’.

You can check out some of his music from his YouTube Topic Page and Soundcloud pages or stream from the usual sites. If you like what you hear and want to purchase his music then you can grab it from Amazon and iTunes.

I’m already looking forward to what Chris will create next as he is always working on new music. If you want to find out more about this talented songwriter and future releases then go follow him on his social media sites at Facebook and Twitter. Go say hello as he likes to interact with his fans.

It’s musicians like Chris Watkins who make me love independent and unsigned music as they create music that is right for them. They do not follow trends or get told what to create and this results in something more real. This type of music needs the help of its fans so it can grow. So, if the music of Chris Watkins has converted you into a fan, then tell the world about him today!