Jammerzine has an exclusive interview with Chris Tavener. With his new EP titled ‘Easy Ways To Be Happy‘ dropping tomorrow, we get an early preview of the process of making the album plus a glimpse of the musician behind the music.
In this interview, we talk with Chris about the songwriting process, writing with that bit of snark and social commentary lacking in most new music, and his future plans with his music.
Jangly-guitar rock and a biting sense of humour meet in the satirical stylings of Chris Tavener. A deft lyricist with an acerbic wit, Tavener writes his storytelling songs from the perspective of flawed characters that he draws from 21st century life.
His cynical social commentary, dressed in punchy, guitar-driven rock and acoustic ballads has won him acclaim from BBC 6 Music and multiple BBC Introducing stations. He’s popular for his unique and theatrical live performance that has seen him sharing the stage with Super Hans, Emily Capell, Tony Hadley and Peter Hook of Joy Division while also writing songs for the likes of Sir Ian McKellen.
Growing up in Northwich in Cheshire, Tavener was always keen to go against the grain. While his peers were listening to the top 40, he was watching old George Formby films and listening to old concert recordings of Randy Newman. Since he first took up songwriting, he has performed at Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape, Latitude Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2018, he released his first live album and embarked on an 18-date European tour through France, Germany and The Netherlands which was soon followed by a UK joint tour with Gavin Osborn. Following the tour, he appeared at the famous Lowry Theatre for BBC Radio Manchester’s Christmas Extravaganza.
In 2019, Tavener toured Ireland, both North and South of the border, before releasing a much-anticipated video collaboration with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. His song was the centrepiece of a short animation, in which Tavener co-starred on vocals with national treasure, Sir Ian McKellen.
When the 2020 pandemic hit, Tavener took his musical wit online performing live streams and supporting acts like Britain’s Got Talent’s Micky P Kerr. A stream he recorded with BBC’s Mark Radcliffe became one of the first to air on Sky’s new ‘Showcase TV’ in April 2021 and BBC Upload Festival selected and broadcast his pandemic song ‘The Folks I Know’ in a programme celebrating lockdown art.
SOURCE: Official Bio