“Home is where the dark is…” As featured on BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, local radio, and Radio 1. christopher rye is a songwriter, performer, session guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist, and a producer working with up-and-coming acts in Brighton, UK. He makes music for outsiders – for people in the shadows – and his wide-screen songs are located in a moonlit, urban landscape where London, New York, and Tokyo nightlife meet.
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Songwriter with national and BBC airplay
“Joe Meek shall inherit the Earth.” (christopher rye). christopher has a wooden box containing unheard tapes of over 500 self-written and produced songs. But several tracks have escaped from rye world into the real world, recently, receiving multiple airplays (inter)nationally on BBC 6Music, with the support of presenter Tom Robinson, and on other radio stations (including Radio 1).
Most recently, in April 2017, christopher’s track ‘Beat-up Car’ was selected as BBC Introducing’s track of the day on the Friday drive-time show on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey. Also in 2017, the video for christopher rye’s ‘Splinter Cell’ received a month of rotation on the Latest TV channel, and ‘Et tu, Babe?’ has been playing on Brighton’s Radio Reverb.
On BBC6Music, Tom described ‘Rainy Night Sunday’ as “a classic”, and “a favourite of this show”, giving it 10 out of 10. He played it several times on air, comparing it to The Blue Nile. He had high praise for ‘Big Sky! Keep Turning’, too, which he also played.
christopher’s ‘I Tell the Moon’ also received multiple national radio plays. In addition, part of a christopher rye show in London was aired on Radio 1.
christopher’s 2017 album ‘Night Machines’ will mark the first time he has released a set of new studio recordings commercially, after privately amassing a huge body of work.
christopher is an accomplished lead guitarist, in the atmospheric, melodic, and overdriven style of players such as David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Nick McCabe (The Verve), and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).
He can also play acoustic/classical guitar in the meticulous style of musicians such as Nick Drake and John Martyn. christopher has worked as a session player in London, and is available for both studio and live work. Here’s a showreel of recent lead guitar work:-
Chris also plays bass guitar, keyboards, and percussion.
• For more, please see the Guitarist page.
Soundtracks & sync rights
Over the years, christopher has written and recorded the music for a number of movies, including a US-award-winning short and a film for Channel 4, and for several videos, including (when he was much younger!) for the Millennium Dome. One of his tracks was acquired by a major car manufacturer for a US East Coast advertising campaign.
• For enquiries about sync rights, please use the Contact christopher page.
• christopher conceives and edits all of his own videos, too. For examples, please go to the Video page.
christopher has trained as a music mentor in Brighton, with foundation learning centre DV8 Sussex, working with up-and-coming young singer-songwriter, Marie White.
Music book author
Under another name, christopher has written two books on music recording and production, which have been published worldwide and translated into several languages: ‘Creating Digital Music and Sound’ (RotoVision/Focal Press), and ‘The Complete Guide to Digital Audio’ (Ilex Press).
christopher was co-founder, lead guitarist, and producer of up-and-coming Brighton band Yeah!, wrote and played most of the group’s music, and named the band. He left in March 2017.