Christopher Brooks Exclusive Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I've wanted a career in music as long as I can remember, but I've only taken it to a professional level recently. I've had the Bandcamp page up since last November.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
That depends on the genre. My projects vary widely in sound. I have so many inspirations but if I would have to name only a few, I suppose that I'd have to include Sigur Ros, Tim Hecker, and Stars Of The Lid for my ambient projects.
Concerning the heavier material, I definitely have to mention Prurient and Godflesh. Dominick Fernow and Justin Broadrick both have works in different genres and they've motivated me to not set limits for myself.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I am originally from WV. I moved to Dayton, Ohio in 2013.
I have a seven year old son Carter, who I enjoy raising along with my wife Lesli.
I currently work as a process Engineer in a sheet metal fabrication shop.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Exit Cocoon from my project Elemental best describes me (or anyone else for that matter). We all strive for emotional or spiritual growth at one point, and the cocoon is a metaphor for the growth stage it takes to get to that existential "happy place".
When you exit it, you'll know.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
Back in 2012, my friend Jon Parker and I did two sets of covers at a bar in Charleston, WV under the moniker Eyes Of A Tragedy. We did it all, from The Cure and Radiohead to Alice In Chains and Chevelle. T'was a good time indeed.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
I would love to go back and perform at the Empty Glass in Charleston, WV. It would give me a chance to catch up with old friends and also give them a chance to see my new material live.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
I now have a few online labels supporting me and releasing my material. Fixrec, Nailed Nazarene, and Imploding Sounds are great people to work with. I only hope to grow with them more as time goes on.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Being a "musician" is outstanding, as it gives me a vehicle to process emotions and in the modern day world I feel that's necessary for mental health.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
If not for my current day job, I would still be working in restaurants as I did for most of my life.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Before Sigur Ros split, I had the privilege to see them in Asheville, NC and it was the best live experience one could possibly witness as a fan.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
An ideal festival for me would have to include artists from a few different genres to keep it interesting:
Explosions In The Sky, God Is An Astronaut, Jesu, Stars Of The Lid, No Names, Godflesh, Genocide Organ, Prurient, Tim Hecker, and Sutcliffe Jugend. That seems like a wide enough array haha...
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I've ever been given is that you don't have to play the hand you're dealt.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
My family makes me happier than I could ever had hoped. They are a constant support system I couldn't do without. Nothing annoys me, but I find plenty of things in the daily news that could if I'd let it.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
When I'm not making music I'm outdoors in nature, hiking, disc golf, etc.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Social media is almost necessary now for the music industry. No one is able to play live currently, so every bit of exposure helps.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I have a tattoo on my right shoulder blade of my astrological sign, Leo.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I would only change the POTUS, and not for the reasons most would assume. It's basically the lack of experience he has, and that is vastly showing right now.
What would your ideal day consist of?
I wouldn't change a thing about my daily life. It's not perfect, but it'll do.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
I have mixed emotions about it, actually. It's given me extra time to devote to creating, but we all could have done without this virus to say the least. But this too shall pass.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
If someone has never heard of me, I would have to say that one of my projects has something in it for you. If the lighter material doesn't grab you, then maybe the noise will. If the feeling isn't 100% there, it doesn't get recorded.
How would you answer the question Who is Christopher Brooks and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
I am a vessel for emotion and an empath. Nothing separates me as an artist and who I am the rest of the time.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
My first record was a Kiss vinyl my mother bought me when I was maybe 6 or 7 years old. It believe it was Alive? I don't recall, but it was definitely around '76-'77...
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Do it. Don't think, just do it. You don't get a second chance.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
If I could collaborate with anyone, it would be Justin Broadrick from Godflesh, Jesu, JK Flesh, Final, etc... I've enjoyed his works from every project he's done over the last 30 years.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Pictures Of You from The Cure, because it's timeless. It's always been my go-to track to reminisce with. It makes you happy to be sad.
What things make you uncomfortable?
You only have to be a certain age to vote. There should be an aptitude test in there somewhere. That makes me uncomfortable.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
It would have a lot of ups and downs, that's for sure. But the ending would be taken any way you want.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you and can you tell us about any gig date changes or where we can find the info?
I will probably spend the rest of the year relaxing and enjoying my family. I've been super busy this year as you can tell if you visit carbonson.bandcamp.com. There's something there for everyone and for every mood.