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Glendale, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

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Chris Price @ Busby's East

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

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"Chris Price performs in the What's Trending studio"

Chris Price doesn’t need any fancy recording equipment to record an album. He has all he needs right in the palm of his hand, recording his entire debut solo album “Homesick” with the help of his iPhone.

“Originally I wanted to make a record like they did in the sixties, like they did with four tracks, and this was cheaper than buying a tape machine and renting out a room,” he told Shira.

After his BlackBerry was stolen in Hollywood, it ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to him, he said. He had to buy an iPhone.

“I picked up the phone, filmed myself playing acoustic videos, put them up on YouTube and I was really shocked at how good it sounded,” he said. “So I thought if it sounds this good just filming myself, if I find a recording app, I can make a record on this phone.” - What's Trending


"Chris Price performs in the What's Trending studio"

Chris Price doesn’t need any fancy recording equipment to record an album. He has all he needs right in the palm of his hand, recording his entire debut solo album “Homesick” with the help of his iPhone.

“Originally I wanted to make a record like they did in the sixties, like they did with four tracks, and this was cheaper than buying a tape machine and renting out a room,” he told Shira.

After his BlackBerry was stolen in Hollywood, it ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to him, he said. He had to buy an iPhone.

“I picked up the phone, filmed myself playing acoustic videos, put them up on YouTube and I was really shocked at how good it sounded,” he said. “So I thought if it sounds this good just filming myself, if I find a recording app, I can make a record on this phone.” - What's Trending


"VIDEO: CHRIS PRICE – "THAT’S YOUR BOYFRIEND""

We previously featured Chris Price’s quite lovely single, “Suicide”, and now he’s returned with a video for “That’s Your Boyfriend”, which is also iTune’s “Single of the Week”. Price is releasing a Deluxe version of his upcoming album, Homesick, that includes 12 corresponding videos, shot with an iPhone by his friend Kyle Safieh. That’s where this new video came from. I suppose it’s only fitting since Price recorded the entire album on an iPhone in one take. Homesick arrives June 26th via PTB Music. Watch the video for “That’s Your Boyfriend” below. - Earbuddy


"VIDEO: CHRIS PRICE – "THAT’S YOUR BOYFRIEND""

We previously featured Chris Price’s quite lovely single, “Suicide”, and now he’s returned with a video for “That’s Your Boyfriend”, which is also iTune’s “Single of the Week”. Price is releasing a Deluxe version of his upcoming album, Homesick, that includes 12 corresponding videos, shot with an iPhone by his friend Kyle Safieh. That’s where this new video came from. I suppose it’s only fitting since Price recorded the entire album on an iPhone in one take. Homesick arrives June 26th via PTB Music. Watch the video for “That’s Your Boyfriend” below. - Earbuddy


"Song Of The Day: Chris Price's 'That's Your Boyfriend'"

Chris Price's iPhone is essential -- not essential in the "I'd be lost if I broke my iPhone" sort of way, but the songwriter's latest creative output was wholly reliant on it.

L.A.-based Price recorded his entire solo debut "Homesick" on his phone, using the app Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder. Additionally, Price's friend Kyle Safieh shot a video for each of the album's 12 tracks on iPhone as well, with single "That's Your Boyfriend" chronicling the pop-rock singer and his string section's infiltration of the Greek Theatre by jumping some fences along the way.

Indeed, it's little wonder that the single "That's Your Boyfriend" is today's (May 22) iTunes Single of the Week: it shows off the capabilities of the device and the wide range of technique used in a mere four tracks.

"Homesick" is now available a month early through iTunes and will drop officially on June 26. - HITFIX


"Song Of The Day: Chris Price's 'That's Your Boyfriend'"

Chris Price's iPhone is essential -- not essential in the "I'd be lost if I broke my iPhone" sort of way, but the songwriter's latest creative output was wholly reliant on it.

L.A.-based Price recorded his entire solo debut "Homesick" on his phone, using the app Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder. Additionally, Price's friend Kyle Safieh shot a video for each of the album's 12 tracks on iPhone as well, with single "That's Your Boyfriend" chronicling the pop-rock singer and his string section's infiltration of the Greek Theatre by jumping some fences along the way.

Indeed, it's little wonder that the single "That's Your Boyfriend" is today's (May 22) iTunes Single of the Week: it shows off the capabilities of the device and the wide range of technique used in a mere four tracks.

"Homesick" is now available a month early through iTunes and will drop officially on June 26. - HITFIX


"Chris Price - Homesick (Review)"

ESM Rating: 8/10

Listen if you like: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Hollies, iconic ‘60s rock minus the goofy mop-top haircuts and bad teeth.

First impressions: Retro done right. Chris Price channels the ‘60s like he’s the reincarnation of John Lennon, not some unfortunate Austin Powers wannabe. But his debut album, Homesick, also has a surprising modern twist. It was recorded entirely using an iPhone and the FourTrack Audio Recorder app that costs about $10. Using modern gadgets to create an old-school sound — ironic, simple, and brilliant all at the same time. Price roamed the streets of Los Angeles, recording at landmarks like the Griffith Park Observatory, the Nuart Theatre, the Getty Center, and the Greek Theatre. The result is an album with an authentic feel and surprisingly good sound quality.

The nitty-gritty: Throughout the recording of Homesick, Price took the lead on vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, tambourine, and sometimes drums. He’s an accomplished guitar player, perfectly replicating the bouncing, jangly style of days past. The resulting melodies are energetic and catchy, and his voice is somehow vaguely reminiscent of Tom Petty. Overall, the vocals are good, but Price does like to try to hit the high notes, and at times it comes across as strained, as if he’s pushing right up against the edge of his range.

Other recommended tracks: There are definitely a few standouts on Homesick. Opener “Suicide” and “English Gardens” are steady rockers with tons of energy and instant appeal. “One Of Us” is about as catchy as it gets, and the chorus of “Outside Looking In” features irresistible harmonic vocals. All-acoustic love song “For All We Know” is carried by a simple yet beautiful melody and is Price’s best vocal work on the entire album.

East Coast tour dates? Nothing as of yet, but Price is from Miami originally, so hopefully once he gets a tour going, he’ll show his home coast some love. Stay up to date at www.ChrisPriceOfficial.com. By Allison Arteaga - Eastern Surf Magazine


"Chris Price - Homesick (Review)"

ESM Rating: 8/10

Listen if you like: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Hollies, iconic ‘60s rock minus the goofy mop-top haircuts and bad teeth.

First impressions: Retro done right. Chris Price channels the ‘60s like he’s the reincarnation of John Lennon, not some unfortunate Austin Powers wannabe. But his debut album, Homesick, also has a surprising modern twist. It was recorded entirely using an iPhone and the FourTrack Audio Recorder app that costs about $10. Using modern gadgets to create an old-school sound — ironic, simple, and brilliant all at the same time. Price roamed the streets of Los Angeles, recording at landmarks like the Griffith Park Observatory, the Nuart Theatre, the Getty Center, and the Greek Theatre. The result is an album with an authentic feel and surprisingly good sound quality.

The nitty-gritty: Throughout the recording of Homesick, Price took the lead on vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, tambourine, and sometimes drums. He’s an accomplished guitar player, perfectly replicating the bouncing, jangly style of days past. The resulting melodies are energetic and catchy, and his voice is somehow vaguely reminiscent of Tom Petty. Overall, the vocals are good, but Price does like to try to hit the high notes, and at times it comes across as strained, as if he’s pushing right up against the edge of his range.

Other recommended tracks: There are definitely a few standouts on Homesick. Opener “Suicide” and “English Gardens” are steady rockers with tons of energy and instant appeal. “One Of Us” is about as catchy as it gets, and the chorus of “Outside Looking In” features irresistible harmonic vocals. All-acoustic love song “For All We Know” is carried by a simple yet beautiful melody and is Price’s best vocal work on the entire album.

East Coast tour dates? Nothing as of yet, but Price is from Miami originally, so hopefully once he gets a tour going, he’ll show his home coast some love. Stay up to date at www.ChrisPriceOfficial.com. By Allison Arteaga - Eastern Surf Magazine


"CHRIS PRICE'S HOMESICK SET FOR JUNE 26 RELEASE; LEAD SINGLE "THAT'S YOUR BOYFRIEND" IS iTUNES' SINGLE OF THE WEEK"

CHRIS PRICE'S HOMESICK,
FEATURING SONGS & VIDEOS RECORDED WITH HIS iPHONE
AT L.A. LANDMARKS, SET FOR JUNE 26 RELEASE

Lead Single "That's Your Boyfriend" Is
iTUNES' SINGLE OF THE WEEK

On June 26, Chris Price's solo debut album, Homesick, will be released by PTB Music. The collection's first single, "That's Your Boyfriend,"is currently iTunes' "Single of the Week" and - beginning today - the digital album will be available a month early exclusively on the iTunes Store.

Price recorded each song on the 12-track collection in a different Los Angeles location, using his iPhone and Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder App. The deluxe edition of Homesick will also include 12 corresponding videos, shot with an iPhone by his friend Kyle Safieh.

At 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 23, Price will discuss the making of Homesick and perform songs from the collection at the Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA, located at 1248 Third Street Promenade. He will also perform at The Satellite in Echo Park this Friday, May 25.

The video for the lead single, "That's Your Boyfriend," was shot at the Greek Theatre - after Price, Safieh and a small string section hopped the fence to gain access. You can check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zo_pmlKziYE

"The videos not only document the recording process, they serve as standalone music videos," says Price, who also took his mobile studio to the Griffith Park Observatory, the Nuart Theatre, The Getty Center and numerous other locations. "Each video each has its own distinct style that captures the feel of the song and also works within the context of the whole album. We used the app 8mm, which has a nice grainy, vintagey look to it and a lot of other cool stuff."

Oddly enough, the iPhone enabled Price to simulate the antiquated analog recording process employed by some of his favorite artists - Nick Drake, The Kinks, The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

"I wanted to make a record the way they did it back in '64 - with four tracks, no overdubs, no punching in and with complete takes," he says.

This crisp, off the cuff sensibility perfectly suits Price's subversive style of pop music. His quirky, cheerful demeanor brings a fresh perspective to the weighty topics explored in songs like "Suicide" and "The Last Supper." Even when delving into more traditional subjects like romance, Price exhibits a wry lyrical approach that recalls artists such as Matthew Sweet, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello.

Throughout the proceedings, Price accompanied himself on guitar, keyboards, bass, tambourine and, occasionally, drums. Homesick features guest appearances by Lucy Walsh and Rooney's Taylor Locke and Ned Brower. - HellHound Magazine


"CHRIS PRICE'S HOMESICK SET FOR JUNE 26 RELEASE; LEAD SINGLE "THAT'S YOUR BOYFRIEND" IS iTUNES' SINGLE OF THE WEEK"

CHRIS PRICE'S HOMESICK,
FEATURING SONGS & VIDEOS RECORDED WITH HIS iPHONE
AT L.A. LANDMARKS, SET FOR JUNE 26 RELEASE

Lead Single "That's Your Boyfriend" Is
iTUNES' SINGLE OF THE WEEK

On June 26, Chris Price's solo debut album, Homesick, will be released by PTB Music. The collection's first single, "That's Your Boyfriend,"is currently iTunes' "Single of the Week" and - beginning today - the digital album will be available a month early exclusively on the iTunes Store.

Price recorded each song on the 12-track collection in a different Los Angeles location, using his iPhone and Little Code Shop's 4Track Audio Recorder App. The deluxe edition of Homesick will also include 12 corresponding videos, shot with an iPhone by his friend Kyle Safieh.

At 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 23, Price will discuss the making of Homesick and perform songs from the collection at the Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA, located at 1248 Third Street Promenade. He will also perform at The Satellite in Echo Park this Friday, May 25.

The video for the lead single, "That's Your Boyfriend," was shot at the Greek Theatre - after Price, Safieh and a small string section hopped the fence to gain access. You can check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Zo_pmlKziYE

"The videos not only document the recording process, they serve as standalone music videos," says Price, who also took his mobile studio to the Griffith Park Observatory, the Nuart Theatre, The Getty Center and numerous other locations. "Each video each has its own distinct style that captures the feel of the song and also works within the context of the whole album. We used the app 8mm, which has a nice grainy, vintagey look to it and a lot of other cool stuff."

Oddly enough, the iPhone enabled Price to simulate the antiquated analog recording process employed by some of his favorite artists - Nick Drake, The Kinks, The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

"I wanted to make a record the way they did it back in '64 - with four tracks, no overdubs, no punching in and with complete takes," he says.

This crisp, off the cuff sensibility perfectly suits Price's subversive style of pop music. His quirky, cheerful demeanor brings a fresh perspective to the weighty topics explored in songs like "Suicide" and "The Last Supper." Even when delving into more traditional subjects like romance, Price exhibits a wry lyrical approach that recalls artists such as Matthew Sweet, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello.

Throughout the proceedings, Price accompanied himself on guitar, keyboards, bass, tambourine and, occasionally, drums. Homesick features guest appearances by Lucy Walsh and Rooney's Taylor Locke and Ned Brower. - HellHound Magazine


"Backstage In South Florida: Homegrown Talent Makes Its Mark"

Then there's Chris Price, a native Miamian who's now making his home in L.A. and milking those environs as a muse with a debut disc scheduled for release on June 26. The fact that it's titled Homesick may or may not offer a clue as to where his heart really is, but given that he's mining a vast array of obvious influences -- specifically ELO, the Beatles, Beach Boys, and solo McCartney -- it also shows he's most comfortable in pure power pop realms. This is regardless of where he's physically established.

He's further unleashed himself by recording the entire album practically all by himself on his iPhone, using it to bottle the inspiration found in El Lay's more notable settings, places such as the Griffith Park Observatory, the Getty Center, and the Greek Theatre (where he and some buddies hopped over the security fence and trespassed for the apparent thrill of it all). Of course, none of this would matter if the music didn't make its emphatic impression, which, by the way, it does right out of the box. Personally, we're banking on this boy to make it to the big time, based on his sound alone. And then when he does, let's hope he gives us hometown folks a shout out, so we can say in return we knew him when. Even if we really didn't. - Broward-Palm Beach New Times


"Backstage In South Florida: Homegrown Talent Makes Its Mark"

Then there's Chris Price, a native Miamian who's now making his home in L.A. and milking those environs as a muse with a debut disc scheduled for release on June 26. The fact that it's titled Homesick may or may not offer a clue as to where his heart really is, but given that he's mining a vast array of obvious influences -- specifically ELO, the Beatles, Beach Boys, and solo McCartney -- it also shows he's most comfortable in pure power pop realms. This is regardless of where he's physically established.

He's further unleashed himself by recording the entire album practically all by himself on his iPhone, using it to bottle the inspiration found in El Lay's more notable settings, places such as the Griffith Park Observatory, the Getty Center, and the Greek Theatre (where he and some buddies hopped over the security fence and trespassed for the apparent thrill of it all). Of course, none of this would matter if the music didn't make its emphatic impression, which, by the way, it does right out of the box. Personally, we're banking on this boy to make it to the big time, based on his sound alone. And then when he does, let's hope he gives us hometown folks a shout out, so we can say in return we knew him when. Even if we really didn't. - Broward-Palm Beach New Times


"Pocket Studios"

When Los Angeles songwriter Chris Price got his first iPhone last year, he filmed himself playing a couple of songs. “I was so struck by the quality of the sound, I ended up doing the whole record that way,” he says.

The result, Homesick, which drops 26 June in CD, vinyl, and online digital formats, is part of a growing trend of albums and movies being recorded and filmed on iPhones.

“I think my goal was to legitimize smartphones as part of the new frontier of DIY recording,” says Price, who began experimenting with an updated ’60s sound after leaving his old label, Geffen Records, two years ago. “It’s getting harder for young new artists to gather the thousands of dollars needed to rent studio space and hire an engineer and producer.”

Price also found that as expenses fell, creativity rose. “When you’re given less to work with,” he says, “your brain works overtime.” The phone’s portability freed him up in other ways as well.

“A phone is a mobile studio, so you’re not limited to a single room with the same acoustics for every song,” Price says. “I could pick out different spots around the city for their sonic qualities,” like reverb in a downtown tunnel or the beeping sound his Prius makes as it backs up. He used 4Tracks, an app that records in high-quality WAV files and mixed them in GarageBand on his computer. The result was a throwback to analog’s warmer, imperfect aesthetic. - IEEE Spectrum


"Pocket Studios"

When Los Angeles songwriter Chris Price got his first iPhone last year, he filmed himself playing a couple of songs. “I was so struck by the quality of the sound, I ended up doing the whole record that way,” he says.

The result, Homesick, which drops 26 June in CD, vinyl, and online digital formats, is part of a growing trend of albums and movies being recorded and filmed on iPhones.

“I think my goal was to legitimize smartphones as part of the new frontier of DIY recording,” says Price, who began experimenting with an updated ’60s sound after leaving his old label, Geffen Records, two years ago. “It’s getting harder for young new artists to gather the thousands of dollars needed to rent studio space and hire an engineer and producer.”

Price also found that as expenses fell, creativity rose. “When you’re given less to work with,” he says, “your brain works overtime.” The phone’s portability freed him up in other ways as well.

“A phone is a mobile studio, so you’re not limited to a single room with the same acoustics for every song,” Price says. “I could pick out different spots around the city for their sonic qualities,” like reverb in a downtown tunnel or the beeping sound his Prius makes as it backs up. He used 4Tracks, an app that records in high-quality WAV files and mixed them in GarageBand on his computer. The result was a throwback to analog’s warmer, imperfect aesthetic. - IEEE Spectrum


"Jim Farber’s Top Ten in Music for June"

NY DAILY NEWS TOP TEN IN MUSIC FOR JUNE 2012

2. Chris Price “Homesick” Price crafts brilliantly withering character portraits, told in the language of ’60s Brit pop — all recorded on his iPhone, no less. - New York Daily News


"Jim Farber’s Top Ten in Music for June"

NY DAILY NEWS TOP TEN IN MUSIC FOR JUNE 2012

2. Chris Price “Homesick” Price crafts brilliantly withering character portraits, told in the language of ’60s Brit pop — all recorded on his iPhone, no less. - New York Daily News


"CD Review: 'Homesick' by Chris Price - NY Daily News"

Chris Price’s debut CD sounds like a dare. He recorded the entire thing on his iPhone, after downloading a digital four-track audio recording app from the company Little Code Shop. With the aid of three other rock musicians (including two members of Rooney) and a small string section, Price proceeded to cut every sound you hear in complete takes - without an ounce of overdubbing, editing or any kind of pitch correction.

The weird part? It sounds fantastic - clean, full and rich, if in a way that’s slightly antique.

That last part was intentional. Price aimed to record the music the way bands did back in the paislied days of the mid-’60s, an era which serves as his muse. In other words, he employed the most modern technology to re-create something historic — and without having to shell out for any high-ticket studio time.

Price may not be the first person to record a full album this way, but he could be the most talented to do so. He has the skill to mimic classic pop in his compositions. While the songwriter grew up in Miami, and now lives in L.A., his songs have a vintage Brit-pop snap, evident in their Carnaby Street-styled melodies and their subject matter, much of the latter askew enough to impress Ray Davies.

You have to love any guy who’d open his album with a song called “Suicide.” (Other darkly wry titles include “The Last Supper” and “You Won’t See Me Again.”) In “Suicide,” Price first looks at that act as a lark, an option he hadn’t thought of before but one, which, upon reflection, seems like too big a commitment.

Price likes to be blunt. In “That’s Your Boyfriend,” he offers a female friend a most likely unsolicited assessment of her lover: “When you met, your heart would soar/that was 20 pounds before.”

In “Outside Looking In,” he’s kept up at night by the orgasmic sighs and angered shouts that richochet through the relationship of a couple next-door. Again, his comments can be cutting. Of the female partner, he says, “she’s like a hundred songs/you’ve heard them all before.” Of the male, he says, “he’s got a family who loves him - patiently.”

Price’s melodies are clear, jaunty and tart. Like many songs here, “Suicide” has the perkiness of a B-side from Squeeze, aided by the singer’s timbre, which recalls the boyish pluck of Glen Tilbrook. “That’s Your Boyfriend” threads its strings densely through the melody, lending texture and vigor. But it’s the title track where the sweet braid of harmonies and Move-like strings will make you marvel. Together, they prove that today’s technology can be employed with enough simplicity and smarts to give Price the stunning album he deserves.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/cd-review-homesick-chris-price-article-1.1140392#ixzz3Cmjx7QbJ - New York Daily News


Discography

Homesick (2012)
Lead single "That's Your Boyfriend" was iTunes Single Of The Week on May 22, 2012. Single was downloaded 185,000+ times.

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Bio

Chris Price is a singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles. He released his debut album, “Homesick”, in 2012 to considerable acclaim, including a 4 star review from the New York Daily News and Best Of The Year placement on the lists of several music blogs. With "Homesick", Price set out to record an entire album using nothing but his iPhone 4. Only the mic of the phone and a Four Track app would be employed to make it. No outside mics, no compressors or pre amps. Just pure, unfiltered field recording of music as it happens naturally. Price's inspiration was the great albums of the 60’s, which used limitations to enhance creativity. All the music you hear on the album is comprised of complete, unedited takes from start to finish of each instrument. No cutting and pasting. No pitch correction or Auto Tune. Basically no artificial enhancements of any kind.

Currently Price is working on his follow up album, which will be called "Stop Talking". He has established himself as a formidable producer as well, recently finishing an album for the legendary Linda Perhacs, called "The Soul Of All Natural Things, which was released in March 2014 by Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label. Upcoming productions include the first album by power-pop legend Emitt Rhodes in over 40 years, as well as a new solo album from former Jellyfish member Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

PRESS QUOTES:

"Price crafts brilliantly withering character portraits, told in the language of ’60s Brit pop" - NY Daily News

"Indeed, it's little wonder that the single "That's Your Boyfriend" is today's (May 22) iTunes Single of the Week: it shows off the capabilities of the device and the wide range of technique used in a mere four tracks." - HITFIX (featured as Song Of The Day)

"...none of this would matter if the music didn't make its emphatic impression, which, by the way, it does right out of the box. Personally, we're banking on this boy to make it to the big time, based on his sound alone" - Broward New Times

"Retro done right. Chris Price channels the ‘60s like he’s the reincarnation of John Lennon, not some unfortunate Austin Powers wannabe." - Eastern Surf

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
- Mini tour of Apple Stores to demonstrate how to make an album on your phone

- Speaking about "Homesick" and performing at TED Talks spinoff TEDMED. Played in front of 5,000 people at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

- Opening for Sloan on Northeast US/Canada tour (with Taylor Locke & The Roughs)

- Performed at the 2013 ASCAP I Create Music Expo

- Headlining set at the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Los Angeles, CA (2013 and 2014)

- Over 100 packed shows at clubs around the LA area

Band Members