Chris Urbanowicz

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Chris Urbanowicz
Editors - 2006.jpg
Chris Urbanowicz and Tom Smith in 2006
Background information
Birth name Christopher Dominic Urbanowicz
Born (1981-06-22) 22 June 1981 (age 33)
Aslockton, Nottinghamshire
Origin Nottingham, England
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Guitar, synthesizer
Years active 2004–present
Labels Kitchenware
Associated acts Editors
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 620, Fender Jazzmaster, Fender Jaguar Baritone Special HH, Gretsch Brian Setzer Black Phoenix, Omnichord, microKORG, Roland Juno-106, Minimoog Voyager, Rickenbacker 330/12

Christopher Dominic Urbanowicz (born 22 June 1981) is a British producer and musician, best known as the former lead guitarist and synth player of the indie rock band Editors.

He is influenced by such bands as The Walkmen, The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Kraftwerk and Elbow.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Urbanowicz was born in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire. He studied music technology at Staffordshire University for three years with the other members of Editors. He then worked in a shoe shop with Editors drummer Ed Lay in Birmingham for two years before the band signed to Kitchenware Records.

Urbanowicz features prominently in an amateur music video,[1] produced as coursework during his studies at Staffordshire University.

He provided additional production on Airship's debut record Stuck In This Ocean, which was released on 5 September 2011.[2][3]

On 16 April 2012, Editors announced on their Facebook page that "In a decision entirely based upon future musical direction, and with huge sadness, Editors and Chris Urbanowicz have parted ways."[4]

In September 2013, Alex Winston released her single "101 Vultures", which was produced by Urbanowicz.[5]

In October 2013, Urbanowicz under the name Druids remixed Overexposed for Matt_&_Kim on their Lightening Remixes album. [6]

In March 2014, Urbanowicz produced the self titled debut EP for PIAS band The Spectors. [7]

Personal life[edit]

Urbanowicz lives in New York City.[8][9][10] He has synesthesia.[11]

His grandparents were Polish, but both mother and father were born in England.

He supports Nottingham Forest Football Club.[12]

His left arm is tattooed with a sleeve design of coloured roses, a swallow, a modified version of the c1981-1982 Andy Warhol piece "Gun" featuring three coloured revolvers, a modified version of the Eelus art piece "Alice" with a raven and a traditional gypsy piece.

It was announced on the Editors website that Chris does not have any social media pages such as Twitter or Facebook.[13] This information has since proved outdated since Chris can be reached on Twitter and Instagram.[14] [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Never Ending Story - Dragonland". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Airship - Stuck In This Ocean". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Airship 'Stuck in this Ocean' 5th September – Free download: The Human League 'Sky' (Plastic Plates remix)". saladdaysmag.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Editors - In a decision entirely based upon future musical...". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / IamAlexWinston: "101 vultures" produced by ...". Twitter. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Druids remix". Soundcloud. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  7. ^ "The Spectors produced by ...". ISSUU. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Editors soon to release their third album...". kitchenwarerecords.com. Kitchenware Records. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Tom live with Steve Lamacq on Monday". see live interview. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  10. ^ Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music, 8 December 2008
  11. ^ Simpson, Dave (2007-06-22). "Violently happy". guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  12. ^ "We're a bit like The Monkees... but without being twats". drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  13. ^ "Editors Forum". See Admin Post. 
  14. ^ "Chris Urbanowicz on Twitter". Twitter. 
  15. ^ "Chris Urbanowicz on Instagram". Instagram. 

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