Christon chose to spend the past year in solitude to work on his songs. During the writing/demo process this multi-instrumentalist used a home-built loopstation connecting all his instruments to each other (his Perpetuum Mobile). That’s where the idea arose to perform his debut solo album like this on stage as well. Here he stands within his “Perpetuum Mobile”, surrounded by 10 instruments with whom he builds his songs layer by layer. With your eyes closed you hear a full band, with your eyes open you see a convincing musician who passionately carries out his songs.
As a kid you dream about your future and what you want to be when you grow up. Christon was preparing for a career as a basketball player, but the implacable judgment of the physician threw a spanner in the works at the age of 17. He found solace and a new purpose in that other passion of his: playing music and writing songs. Supported by graduating from the Rotterdam Conservatory, this is a craft where you have to become proficient in both composing and songwriting, as well as learning to perform. A process of trial and error, of perfecting and start again from scratch, often in silence and solitude.
To record the album Christon spent some time in Nashville, where music is a way of life, and he already had been active as a songwriter/producer for some time. In that environment, the songs have come to full fruition, especially in arrangement and sound. For “Towns & Cities’, related to the book ‘The Town and The City’ of his favorite writer Jack Kerouac, he wrote very personal songs in an important phase in his life. Christon does not mince words about his fears and concerns, without placing them at a dark horizon though, His voice is the guide and light that finds the roads leading to optimism and togetherness. With few words he touches the soul of things in the strong choruses, without sacrificing expressiveness and context.
‘Bonfire’ is the new single from the album “Towns and Cities”, which later this year will be released by [PIAS] .