Out of Nashville, Tennessee. Songwriter and musician Christopher Griffiths releases an intoxicating track "Without the Beat," off his debut EP "Midlife Pop Crisis." What was originally a way to pass the time during quarantine, Christopher Griffiths challenged himself to create four vibrant tracks written and recorded solely by himself. Taking a deeper listen to the intro track "Without the Beat," Christopher Griffiths takes a groovy approach to modern pop through mesmerizing bass lines, heavy synths, and a whole-hearted atmosphere. Singing passionate lyrics of finding someone who truly cares for you and healing from unfortunate past experiences, Christopher Griffiths brings a fresh vibe like no other.
The opening "Without the Beat" is an intoxicating use of synths that drop into an incredibly modern and melodic pop beat. Moving into the verse, Christopher Griffiths' soft and filtered vocals bring in a blasé pop attitude, yet perfectly contradicting it with heartfelt lyricism. Christopher Griffiths sings about finding someone who treats you the way you deserve, with lyrics like "What good is a heart without the beat?". Emphasizing that if someone won't love you properly, is there any point at all? Not to mention the impeccable instrumental arrangements from electric guitar, groundbreaking drum kicks, a fierce bassline, and incredible electronic production elements. Giving us something to remember upon these lonesome nights, Christopher Griffiths' "Without the Beat" serves all the love we're looking for.
Discover "Without the Beat" here.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Christopher Griffiths! We’re loving each and every aspect of your recent hit “Without the Beat”. Why did you choose this energy-filled track as the introduction to your debut 4-track EP “Midlife Pop Crisis?"
“Without the beat” just has a natural heartbeat to it. So I thought for an intro into what this EP sounds like, it would be natural for people cause they live with that beat every day. And it’s really catchy. I had been walking around with that hook stuck in my head for 2 days so I figure that’s gotta be contagious. And sure enough, it is. I get texts all the time from friends “get this song out of my head.” Its the cup of coffee of the EP it just opens your eyes and is the best part of cranking up.
Within your song “Without the Beat”, Christopher Griffiths brings in a wide variety of instrumentals all to deliver this crisp and groovy pop sound. Could you take us through your creative process, and what steps you took to reach the end goal for “Without the Beat?"
Well I recorded it alone with just my computer, my guitars, my bass, and my Moog synth. So I had the initial idea and harmony. Then I just layered in drums until it was just voice and drums and would just see if I felt like dancing. Then I started filling in the cracks with bass and guitar and little robot sounds. That high synth whiny part was really inspired by 90’s era hip hop. I was thinking if Dr Dre produced The Beach Boys? I think I gotta kinda close.
Seeing as “Without the Beat” is off Christopher Griffiths’ debut EP “Midlife Pop Crisis”, how does the song relate and add to the EP’s overall storyline/theme? What sort of experience did you want to provide with the entire project?
This project is a funny one because I am a social musician I love making music as a group. But we’re under social distancing so I couldn’t do that. I really wanted to make something for my wife to dance to in the kitchen. I recorded 40 some songs at home in the months of march and April and took the 4 grooviest ones and put them together. So as far as the overall storyline, maybe subconsciously, it’s me missing going out and dancing and drinking and getting lost in the moment and the rhythm. Because my wife and I are due a night of dancing and cocktails.
Now that Christopher Griffiths has released his debut EP “Midlife Pop Crisis” with four vibrant tracks, should we anticipate more energetic pop from you in the future? Would you ever experiment with other genres? What's coming up next?
Well, the next thing is, I’m scoring a comic book for Jaired Messing. Which I’ve never done before so that should be fun. June 26th the new Will Hoge record comes out and I worked on that which is a big departure from this. I would gladly work in other genres. I love Dr Dre and Townes van Zant equally. I love Nine Inch Nails and Jason Isbell. The next record will be super acoustic and a complete departure from this record. The nice thing about being independent is no one gonna call me upset if I make the next record a collection of civil war ballads. But for now, let's all shake our booties to this collection of robot sounds.