Chris St. Hilaire – Knowledge of Self
Number of Tracks:3
From the Album:Knowledge of Self
Available Date & Time: Sep 10 2019 12:50:00 EDT
Impact Date: Sep 04 2019 00:00:00
Chris St. Hilaire
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Impacted: September 10, 2019
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and activist, Chris St. Hilaire, independently released his debut EP titled Knowledge of Self on August 30, 2019. Knowledge of Self is St. Hilaire’s ﬁrst release as a soloist, and it is an evolution from his work as a drummer and singer of the internationally acclaimed rock duo The London Souls. “The skills that I developed in The London Souls, and in many other musical projects, gave me the ability to support the song in whatever capacity was needed,” says St. Hilaire. “So, when I turned those support skills onto my own music, it opened up a whole new world of what was possible.”
“Up All Night,” the lead single from Knowledge of Self, was recorded at Easy Eye Sound studios in Nashville, Tennessee and produced by Dan Auerbach. The song was digitally released on August 2, 2019. “It was super fun to work with Dan [Auerbach] on ‘Up All Night,’” says St. Hilaire. “I had brought the song to him, and he didn’t really have any changes. The elements that he did add, though, on the production side, were really valuable, and brought the song to life in a way that I couldn’t have thought of. Working at Easy Eye Sound [studios] was such a huge privilege. Everything there sounds instantly good, and Dan’s great to work with.”
Chris St. Hilaire wrote and recorded Knowledge of Self in its entirety over a period of ﬁve years, playing all of the instruments on the release, further solidifying his artistry as a wellaccomplished multi-instrumentalist. “On Knowledge of Self, the songs came out of a variety of experiences that affected me,” says St. Hilaire. “A few of the songs are dealing with some very heavy topics, and some of them are just love songs. I wanted it to be an accurate representation of some of the experiences that I went through. The story that I wanted to tell was my own self examination through experiences, whether it was through relationships, romantic or otherwise, and reﬂections on what I see in the world.”
On Knowledge of Self, St. Hilaire is touching on issues that are more relevant now than ever before, including the state of immigration in the United States and the uniﬁcation of people around the world. “You can’t really understand the world without critically examining your place in it, and without knowing yourself,” says St. Hilaire. “Knowledge of Self was deﬁnitely and exploration, and an expression of that.”
In addition to his solo work, Chris St. Hilaire is the drummer of Ahmed Gallab’s solo project Sinkane, and performed on the band’s highly acclaimed album, Dépaysé, which was released on May 31, 2019. 2019 has already been another busy year for Chris St. Hilaire, as he has toured the world with Sinkane, and as a member of Doyle Bramhall II's trio. Chris will support tour dates with both bands through the remainder of 2019 and into 2020.
Chris St. Hilaire
Release Date: August 30, 2019
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