Music Notes: Chris Seefried Talks about Fitz & The Tantrums, Touring, Composing, Producing & More! Podcast!
Chris Seefried might not be a “name brand” to the general population but he’s well-known and an extremely accomplished musician within that music community and his bio goes on for eons. There’s even a Wiki written about his musical career which should tell you something about how much depth and talent there is in this “music man”
Chris Seefried at the “Rock the River Concert” for the St. Lawrence River.
This multi-faceted musician doesn’t just stop at writing songs or co-writing with other miusicians. Chris is great at playing within the structure of a band (currently on tour with the Counting Crows and has a new CD out with Fitz & the Tantrums). ( link is to the LA Times review by Ann Powers and she doesn’t mention Seefried at all.) Check his facebook photo album to see photos of him with the Crows onstage
He’s also quite happy to play solo in gigs and on CDs. . Among his other talents and things that keep him extremely busy is producing the work of other musicians. At the time of the podcast, he was working on the latest effort from Jay Nash (that name should be familiar to you if you haunt this blog even a little bit).
Chris Seefried with the LOWSTARS
Podcast with Chris Seefried
His writing and composing has found its way to TV shows and most recently to scoring a movie which was something new for him but given what I have heard, read and how long we talked (and emailed), there isn’t too much that this man can’t accomplish once he sets his mind to it.
Here’s just a tiny snippet from his bio:
Chris Seefried first garnered national attention when Quincy Jones signed his band Gods Child from NYC to Warner Brothers records. Their highest honor came when their single “Everybody’s 1”, charted in two Billboard charts simultaneously, peaking at #18 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #25 on the Modern Rock chart.
After two albums with Warner Brothers, Chris moved to LA and started the band Joe 90. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows signed the group to Geffen Records. Their debut record Dream This includes the hit song song “Drive” which was featured as an end title on the HBO hit series “Six Feet Under”. Every song from the record was synched to film or television. Their second album A Raccoons Lunch features “And When I Die“, the end title from the New Line Cinema film, Final Destination.
In between making records and touring as Rosanne Cash’s guitar player, Chris wrote the national campaign for Nabisco Chips Ahoy, which won the Effie Award. Chris started southern California rock band Low Stars, whose debut album co-produced by George Drakoulias was released at Starbucks stores all over the country through Hear Music in 2007.
This album features the theme song for ABC television series “What About Brian” penned by Seefried called “Calling All Friends”. That same year Chris wrote and performed the Drive Shaft song “You All Everybody” for the hit ABC television series “Lost” . Chris recorded and produced his solo album debut Denim Blue released in 2008.
Ok so that gives you the taste of the depth and breadth of this man. I am not going to re-write his bio to fill space. The best way to learn about his man is to listen to the podcast. We cover a lot of territory and it’s a bit on the longer side of things. It’s a conversation about his career and how he manages to squeeze so much juice out of his life to produce, record, tour, compose, and all the other things he does. He’s incredibly interesting– and amazingly gifted musician. Want a good musical role model? Try Chris Seefried. If only we could clone him.
Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com
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