NashVegas Interview: Musician and Songwriter Christopher Griffiths Opens Up About New Music
Tell us about your new music that is coming out. It’s a synth pop EP. Mostly what I make is country, but I have a synthesizer in my house, and being so isolated I wanted to make use of everything I had at home. So what you hear is me making music for my wife to dance to while she cooks. I only had myself with no studio so it’s a lot of samples and loops. I’m going to be a pop sensation at 38 years old!
What song are you most excited for old and new fans to hear? “Painted Smile” is definitely pretty wild. The drums at the end and the haunting vocals are so cool. It has a real wild texture. And “Without the Beat” is going to be a foot stomper. Whatever they listen to I hope they are dancing, because I danced in my studio through the entire making of this EP.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? I hope it brings them joy. I write a lot of country and Americana, so with this EP, due to quarantine, I wanted to do something that they could throw on and just jam no matter what they were going to. It’s my musical version of a strawberry daiquiri.
What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now? It’s so diverse! All the country musicians are doing their thing, and then East Nashville has all these great rock bands. Then you have artists like Ruby Amanfu with her delicate soul sound, and of course I play for Will Hoge so that is truth turned to eleven. I love that every time I take the stage in Nashville, there’s a good chance I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done before. The gloves are off in Nashville!
Can you remember your first trip to Nashville? Oh yeah! I drove all the way from Boston to Nashville overnight to spend time with my friends James Bavendam and Natalie Stovall. It was the only town I had ever been to where musicians didn’t have a day job. I really had intended on just moving to Los Angeles, but I fell in love with the people and the scene and the food. Back then rent was pretty cheap, so I decided to put down anchor. Nashville made me.