Growing up in the cold winters in Michigan, Christopher Griffiths dreamed of becoming a rock star at a young age. He began playing in bands when he was just nine years old and continued on throughout high school. At age 13, he would DJ school dances and his music teacher would let him chart music for the high school band. That’s where his love of music started and continues on to this day. A multi-talented musician, Griffiths plays bass, guitar, keys, synth, harmonica, mandolin and upright bass. “Give me an hour and a bottle of scotch and I’ll learn to play something,” he jokes.
Heavily influenced by an array of artists from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Dr. Dre and Jason Isabell, Griffiths is drawn to authentic lyrics that provide the listener with a story. The heartfelt singer/songwriter has dabbled in Country, Americana and Pop genres. “I’m not trying to be perfect – I just want to be real. My songs are all just love letters to people with ears.”
Getting to know Christopher
If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?
“Failing Up: A Map Less Traveler’s Guide to Truck Stops”
What was the last TV series you watched on TV?
LoveCraft Country and Schitt’s Creek simultaneously. Both shows were amazing. Boop.
What’s your most expensive piece of clothing?
My Canadian Goose Jacket. It’s so warm and puffy. I’m in a constant snuggle.
Which are cooler? Dinosaurs or Dragons?
Dragons. Gold hoarding, village burning, flying, future telling, weird named, prince saving, dragons. I mean come on, “Dinosaur Heart?” “Dungeons and Dinosaurs?” Loser ideas.
What would be the ideal food to have cooked for you on a date night?
So, I think that cooking together makes a wonderful date night. I don’t think I could sit still long enough to have someone cooking for me. But, if I had to answer, I’d say something light and that has several courses So we’d have lots of time to talk and get to know each other. Charcuterie maybe. Pickle plate. A half pound of sauerkraut. Something like that.
What is your creative process like?
It’s an emotional and mental harvest. I walk around all day collecting little bits of ideas and lyrics and sounds, and then on Thursdays I sit down surrounded by instruments and carve it into a song.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
A whirlwind throwing off melodies and rhythms with no true goal other than its own destruction. Most of the time if someone asks, I just send them a little something on their phone. Music speaks for itself.
With the pandemic, how have you found a way to get your music and your message out there?
Well, I started a small subscription service. For a donation I would send people a song a week. And I built a studio in my house. My goal is to find a budget conscious way to put out a lot of content every year that’s high quality and means something. So, between building a studio and my own streaming service, I made stickers.
What would you be doing right now if it weren’t for your music career?
Most likely shoveling my car out of snow on my way to swing a chairlift for a snow resort somewhere in Michigan.
Are you finding the isolation of the pandemic conducive to your writing or is it hindering the experiences you can write about?
It certainly has felt like eating my vegetables. It’s conducive in the way that I am forced to confront my own creative process with no distractions. But it’s hindering the fact that I am very collaborative, and not making music with my friends makes me very blue.