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Brooklyn, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Brooklyn, NY
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Pop Electronic




"Chnnll Flows ThroughLife, Time & Memory on "The River.""

Life is a one-way street: You can’t go back, turn around or pause it. We live in the moment, always and forever, existing from one second to the next and building up a treasure trove of memories that catalog our existence. There is no “reliving” life, but you can dive into a memory and remember the feelings. CHNNLL’s new single “The River” contemplates the forward motion of time and our relationship with memory, the past and the present.

We were young
We were strong
We were dumb
There was to rush to deliver, deliver anything….
Oh the sun
Shined right through the trees and I felt so alive
I did not hide or apologize
The smoke that filled our lungs
Oh by the river
It’s where we were born
It’s where we belong
We scraped, we scrounged, we won’t go down
We swam right to the top

Listen: “The River” – CHNNLL

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “The River,” the latest single from from CHNNLL. The moniker and band for NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Chris Davidson, CHNNLL is a passionate exhale of thought-provoking music. “The River” is CHNNLL’s first release in a year, following the powerfully electronic beat-driven “Out of Nowhere” and the impassioned “W A V E S.” On his return, CHNNLL lets the rhythm take control. Like the rushing of water flowing endlessly downstream, “The River” feels forever in motion – pushed onward by an invisible force.

CHNNLL © 2017
CHNNLL © 2017

That ceaseless momentum feels appropriate considering the context; what drives us in life? What are our conscious motivators? We are constantly moving, but why?

Oh you know
That you can’t go
That you can’t go back to the start

Oh the river runs
With or with out, with or with out you

“You can’t go back to the start,” sings CHNNLL, anchored to the moment in the song’s chorus. Life is much like a river, its heavy current throwing us every which way, but always in the forward direction. CHNNLL’s clever comparison implores us to consider our place in the universe of things: What do we value most? Do we act in line with our values? Are we who we think we are?

“My house was right on a river growing up and further upstream, in the woods, there was a waterfall and a rope swing where me and my friends and many generations before us would go hang out,” recalls CHNNLL. “Jumping off the waterfall and using the rope swing and zip line that we built was awesome. We were always there. Skipping school to hang out at the river wasn’t uncommon. We would drink beer, smoke weed, hang out with girls there, girls who were actually willing to hang out with us… We grew up around there and it’s just such a great childhood memory. When writing this, I was thinking of where we all were in our lives then and where we are now, and how time doesn’t wait for you. You should look back on memories of the past fondly, but it is important to create new ones that are just as good because life goes on, with or without you.”

Will you run?
As fast and as far as the current carries on
Remember when it took you past the sun?
Are you weak?
Are you strong?
Do you feel like you no longer belong?
Oh how did you stray so far from, the river?
It’s where we were born it’s where we belong
We scraped, we scrounged, we won’t go down
We swam right to the top.

Life goes on, with or without you. What a mantra. There’s a deep undercurrent of unavoidable truth lying at the heart of CHNNLL’s latest single: Time ticks against us from our birth, and though we do not choose to be born, we do have control over what we do with much of our lives. “The River” invites us to step out of that chaos for just a second, to ponder our existence and reflect on the things that make us who we are. As hypnotizing as it is provocative, CHNNLL’s new song will push you to the edge of introspective contemplation.

Few artists dare dive as deep as “The River,” but CHNNLL is not most artists. Connect through social media below, and share your own meditations on memory and our relationship with the past. Time is one of those universal concepts that we nakedly accept, but it might benefit us to discuss it a bit more. - Atwood Magazine


Channel is New York based musician, Chris Davidson. Chris has spent much of his career as a drummer and is now coming up front from behind the drums to lead his new project as front man, Channel. In this project, he is the composer, singer, producer and is playing most, if not all the instruments on the recording.

‘In My Blood’ is a superb, stunning track. A one to blast from the rooftops. The song is a lot more than a track, it’s a myriad of proud, special vocals to make this song one to remember. - Born Music Online

"W A V E S"

Chris Davidson has taken many forms as a musician. Eight years ago you could have found him behind a drum set, articulating unusual time signatures or in class with masters of contemporary jazz. But today, it is more likely that you would find him at the front of the stage with a keyboard and guitar, accompanied by two other synth virtuosos. Together, the trio are an emerging chillwave group called CHNNLL.

We had the pleasure of giving a listen CHNNLL’s debut track, W A V E S. Now, we’re sharing it with you for the first time. As it’s moniker might suggest, W A V E S ebbs and flows in intensity as it marches toward a gentle resolution. Building percussion tracks accompany warm guitars, the low buzz of underlying synth tones, and Davidson’s melancholic lyrics. At times soothing, and at other time dissonant, this song is the first what will hopefully be many enchanting releases by CHNNLL. - iMPOSE Magazine

"March Tunes"

This song has such a wonderfully laidback vibe, CHNNLL’s soulful lyrics somehow working well over the gentle synth. I’m left with the immediate desire to witness this live - I think it would make for a great atmosphere, something you’d want to close your eyes and sway to. - Pop Wrapped

"Mid-February Mp3's: Electro"

. “Waves” – CHNNLL. If Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism had been an electro-pop album, it would have sounded like this relaxed, careful, yet passionate tune. - Independent Clauses


Still working on that hot first release.



Channel - a means of communication or expression: As : a path along which information (as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes

CHNNLL is a trio led by multi-instrumentalist Chris Davidson, and blends the warm analogue sound of live instruments with computer manipulations and warped synths. 

Chris moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue a career as a jazz drummer and composer.  While attending The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, Chris had the pleasure of studying with Reggie Workman, Mark Guiliana, Kendrick Scott and Billy Martin. 

While Chris’ appreciation for jazz is still strong, he has grown as a musician and composer into a new musical direction.   Chris is no longer behind the drums on the stage, but up front singing, switching between keyboards and guitar, reincarnated as front man CHNNLL. 

 “I’m taking all my experiences from life so far and putting them all into my music.  It’s all me and I’m not holding back.”

 CHNNLL has written, performed and produced all the music you will hear on his upcoming EP to be released in April 2017.  You can see CHNNLL perform with his band in New York City and beyond.  

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