CHEAP TRICK, FREE, THE POLICE
Chris Gibbs - Guitar / vocals, Gareth Hughes - Bass, Mat Ferguson - Drums
THE BEATLES, ENUFF Z'NUFF, JOURNEY
LITTLE EMPIRES is the debut solo album from West Australian musician Chris Gibbs. Written and arranged by Chris and produced by Rob Agostini at Soundbaker, the album serves as a showcase for Chris' unique song writing style and explores several musical genres in electric and acoustic formats. ‘As both a musician and music fan, my tastes are varied. I wanted to capture some of that diversity on this recording. The challenge was to inject so many of my favourite styles of music into the compositions and still produce a cohesive collection of music.’ Performers on the album include regular band members Mat Ferguson (Living Large) on drums and Gareth Hughes (The Siren Tower, UTI, My So Called Life) on bass, as well as special guests including Jodie Bartlett from College Fall and WAM Song of the Year 2009 nominee Matt Mclean. Chris' prior recording experience includes albums from his previous bands KINGPIN and F.U.L.L. as well as guest performances on releases from Ryan Webb, UK act Jerico Kane, Kallii and Judy Templeman. Chris has co-written and performed on projects for Kylie Edmond and Paul Black (now both based in the United States), and has served as producer for several Perth acts including Navarone and NTT. As a live musician, Chris has performed with KINGPIN and F.U.L.L. throughout Western Australia, and has toured the Eastern States and the United Kingdom. ‘This is the first time that all of the decisions in the creative process have been entirely up to me. It was not necessary to compromise my vision at any point. Interestingly enough, this tended to make me more open to suggestions regarding musical direction, arrangement…even artwork. The fact that I had the final say allowed me to be more objective and less protective of my vision, the end result being that the realisation of the album outweighs my original expectations.’ Chris is an award-winning songwriter and guitarist (WAM Song of the Year Rock category winner 1998 and 2001, WAM Most Popular Guitarist 1997) and at over 200 performances per year he is one of the hardest-working musicians in Western Australia. ‘I constantly immerse myself in music, be it via listening, learning, teaching, writing, recording or performing. My music career spans over two decades now and I am constantly amazed and delighted at how much more there is to experience. There is a joy in music for me that nothing else can match.’ Chris is an official endorsee of Godin guitars, Digitech effects, Grover Allman picks and King amplification. Chris is a graduate from WAAPA and holds an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music. In his spare time, Chris presents TUESDAY NITRO, a rock program on 89.7 Twin Cities FM, occasionally writes for X-Press magazine, and teaches guitar.