Throughout a widespread assortment of productions for Wamdue Project, P’Taah, and Ananda Project (which have appeared on over 800 compilations combined), twenty albums, and over one hundred singles, as well as remixes for artists such as Seal,and KD Lang, Chris Brann has shown a dynamic range with interests that span far beyond any singular soundscape or musical culture.
Brann emerged from Atlanta’s burgeoning underground music scene in the 1990’s after being discovered by Bernard Rhodes, former manager of The Clash and cohort of Malcom McLaren. He left high school early to assist Rhodes in the production of bands under his management company in the UK… Read more
A self-taught musician, his first productions were brought to the attention of legendary dance music label, Strictly Rhythm who signed him to an unprecedented multi-album recording deal under the name Wamdue Project. “King Of My Castle” from Wamdue Project’s second album produced for Strictly Rhythm, went on to sell over 2,5 MIO units and became the label’s highest selling single in its history. It debuted in the #1 position of the UK charts and outsold the expected top seller of the week, Cliff Richard.
After riding the buzz of the international success of Wamdue Project, Brann then went on to piece together two distinctively different projects, Ananda Project and P’taah. Whereas P’taah became an outlet for his fusion jazz, abstract hip hop, and experimental leanings, Ananda Project proved to be a favourite amongst deep house purists and global lounge / chill out DJ’s. Signature songs of Ananda Project have appeared in advertising for such brands as Toyota (Japan) and Johnny Walker.
In addition to a steady output of original releases, Brann has also been at the controls of remixes for artists such as Bebel Gilberto, Esthero, Boney James, Everything But The Girl, Seal, Tweeker feat. David Sylvian, R Kelly, Amel Larrieux, Susanna Baca and Thomas Newman’s theme for Showtime’s series Six Feet Under.
Currently for 2011, Brann is preparing to release his first solo album in almost 10 years. Recorded within the span of a single month in a Brooklyn highrise, Brann played all of the instruments as well as writing, producing and singing the songs. Initially devised as a personal soundtrack for walking through the streets at night, it evolved into a cathartic exercise, documenting a process of change and growth, both personally and musically.
This project is a return to form for Brann as he channels many of the musical influences of his youth. From David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, the early 80’s work of seminal artist Bill Nelson to Leonard Cohen and Kate Bush. Chris describes this work as “the album I would have made when I was 16…if I had had the technology and musical proficiency. It took me my entire musical career to end up at a point where I started many years ago.”
Continuing his legacy of working on many different projects at once, Brann is also releasing a new album by P’taah in Japan 1st quarter of 2011, as well as a new album by Ananda Project later in the year, and new singles by Wamdue Project.
Biography courtesy of Chris Brann Official Facebook
01 – Ananda Project – Exquisite Taste Of Sorrow (Interlude) (Beautiful Searching, 2013)
02 – Ananda Project – Beautiful Searching (feat. Marta Gazman) (Rasmus Faber Remix) (Beautiful Searching, 2013)
03 – Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle (Original Mix) (Program Yourself, 1998)
04 – Ananda Project – Stay As You Are (Fire Flower, 2007)
05 – Wamdue Project – Perstistence Of Vision (Resource Toolbook Volume One, 1996)
06 – Ananda Project – Cascades Of Colours (Release, 2000)
07 – Ananda Project – Truth Comes Shining Through (feat. Kai Martin) (Beautiful Searching, 2013)
Background music during the interview:
Deep Monks feat. Nqobile Madlala – Unplugged (Original Mix), Ananda Project – Atlanta, Wandue Project – King Of My Castle (Original Mix), Wamdue Kids – Disaster, Ananda Project – Many Starred Sky, Ananda Project – Falling For You