Christian Hayes

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Christian "Bic" Hayes
Birth name Christian David Hayes
Born (1964-06-10) 10 June 1964 (age 54)
Westminster, London, England
Genres Alternative rock, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Dark Star, Levitation, Mikrokosmos, Cardiacs, ZOFFF, LSD-25, Ring, Panixphere, The Dave Howard Singers, Julianne Regan, M U M M Y

Christian David Hayes[1] (born 10 June 1964 in Westminster, London), also known as Bic Hayes, is an English rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. Best known as the frontman of Dark Star and guitarist with Levitation, he has also released solo material as Mikrokosmos, which was produced by Tim Smith.

Hayes explained that he was nicknamed Bic because he "just stopped eating for ages and people started saying I looked like a Bic biro. I had this phase when I thought eating was boring".[2]


Hayes had previously played bass with The Dave Howard Singers and guitar with Panixphere, Ring and Cardiacs.[3] He joined Levitation through knowing Terry Bickers through musical friends in South London, and brought former Ring bandmate Robert White with him. Hayes left Cardiacs to commit to Levitation full-time, with Hayes admitting "I was playing guitar in Cardiacs. They were the band I left for Levitation. I loved Cardiacs and thought they were the best band in Britain at the time. That's how much I believed in Levitation. The chemistry was explosive".[4] Whilst still in Levitation, he reformed Ring with Levitation drummer David Francolini and Cardiacs frontman Tim Smith.

Following the demise of Levitation, Hayes began working with Heather Nova and All About Eve's Julianne Regan[5] before forming Dark Star in 1996 with former Levitation bandmate David Francolini and Laurence O'Keefe. Having released their debut album Twenty Twenty Sound the band recorded a second album but it was not released as a result of personnel changes at their record company. An unmastered seven track version of the album, omitting the tracks "Roman Road" and "Valentine", was leaked within a couple of years of the split. Titled Zurich, it is unconfirmed whether this was an official title. The album remains unreleased, though Hayes has stated his hope to release the second album soon.

Following the disbanding of Dark Star in 2001, Hayes toured with the Pet Shop Boys and worked as guitar tech/tour/production manager for the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Kula Shaker and David Cassidy.[6][7] In 2007, Hayes began releasing archive releases of previously unreleased solo material (recording during and shortly after his time with Levitation) under the name of Mikrokosmos via Ingatia Recordings. A trio of releases, In The Heart of the Home, The Seven Stars and final instalment in 2014 Terra Familiar have been issued.[8] In 2011, Hayes organised and compiled the tribute record Leader of the Starry Skies in aid of Cardiacs frontman Tim Smith, who suffered two strokes in 2008 which left him paralysed down one side of his body and unable to speak.[9] He also toured with a stage version of Macbeth in 2011 and 2012, produced by Platform 4 and described as "a taut psychodrama that crackles with a wild electricity, brought alive by the sonic experiments of composer and guitarist Bic Hayes and sound designer Jules Bushel".[10] More recently Hayes has been involved in several improvisational instrumental psychedelic bands in Brighton, including ZOFFF,[11] Light Specific Data[12] and LSD-25[13]


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: HAYES CHRISTIAN DAVID". Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Top of the Pops Live Webchat – FULL TRANSCRIPT". 17 January 2009. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
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  4. ^ "Features | Whirled Around: An Oral History Of Levitation". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  5. ^ Fiona Sturges. "Pop: The general theory of relativity | Culture". The Independent. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  6. ^ "L&Si Online – Lighting&Sound International". 18 July 2007. Archived from the original on 18 July 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Dark Star News". 7 February 2006. Archived from the original on 7 February 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  8. ^ Ignatia Recordings. "Ignatia Recordings". Ignatia Recordings. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  9. ^ Ian Gittins. "Cardiacs tribute album to raise money for paralysed singer Tim Smith". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Platform 4". Platform 4. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  11. ^ "ZOFFF 1 | ZOFFF". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Light Specific Data – 29 March 2013 @ Hotel Pelirocco". Brighton Noise. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  13. ^ "The Real Music Club Brighton". Retrieved 23 April 2016.

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