When a fighter comes home from battle, his life is set into perspective in a very unique way.
As a war veteran, this notion moved Chris Walker (Vocals) into a personal revolution as he formed the band Substereo, a project to communicate the music already running through his veins.
The four-piece rock band established a sound that is inspired by Pink Floyd, The Who, and Queen, yet has a touch akin to artists like Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon.
While recording their second studio album, the band took a serious hit. Chris had suddenly lost his voice to vocal-cord paralysis. The professional opinion was that it might be permanent. It took almost a year to record the vocal tracks for the album and against all odds, the album was released at the the end of 2016.
Following the success of the album-release, Chris set sail to Berlin, in the hopes of expanding the band to a larger market.
While still slowly recovering, he played every venue that would take him, including playing as a street performer in order to make ends meet.
Eventually the distance to Denmark opened up new opportunities for the band members. For Chris this meant meeting and starting to play with Nic Edinger (Drums), Rayk Kozian (Bass), and Robin Schulte (Guitar) from Germany. The flame of Substereo was lit anew.
More dedicated than ever, they are now performing, recording and writing music and are taking on the battle together.
So as the French would say, Substereo has had a kind of ‘renaissance'.
Chris currently lives in Berlin and was born in Vienna, Austria to Danish & Mexican/American parents and has lived in numerous countries around the world. Chris is now a full-time songwriter and musician and is a former army officer and a veteran of Iraq and Ethiopia/Eritrea.
Nic is from Berlin and has studied drums at the British & Irish Modern Music Institute. He has played with a number of artists which have ranged from Jazz to Hip Hop. This gives him a unique approach to songwriting which allows him to incorporate all of these sounds and ads a unique flavor to Substereo
Robin is originally from Rheine, Germany and has studied popular music at the university of Paderborn. He is heavily influenced by players like John Mayer and Keith Urban and has therefore developed a sound that is extremely melodic while also putting an emphasis on tone and technique.
Rayk is from Rügen, Germany and has many years of experience in the music business, having worked with a number of prominent musicians and producers in Europe. Rayk has an extremely broad taste in music, and has previously played in Jazz, Hip hop, 60/70’s rock, and pop bands.