Chris Urbanowicz

Early Days

Christopher Dominic Urbanowicz, best known as the former lead guitarist of rock band Editors, was born 22nd June 1981 in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire. He is the son of English born parents but has Polish Grandparents. He studied Music Technology at Staffordshire University alongside the other members of Editors and then after working in a shoe shop in Birmingham for two years the band signed a record deal and he became a full time musician.

Editors

The band first performed under the name Pilot in 2002. They quickly realised that this name had already been taken by a 1970’s Scottish band and so changed the name to The Pride. The line-up of the band then changed with Chris Lay replacing Geraint Owen on drums and the band became known as Snowfield under this line-up. In 2004 the band self-released a six track EP, all of these tracks became Editors songs at a later date. After playing gigs around the Midlands the band quickly became popular live performers and attracted the interest of several record labels, finally signing for Kitchenware Records in October 2004. Upon signing the deal their name was changed to Editors.

Influences

Editors played dark indie guitar rock with the addition of sythensizers and were influenced by Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division and R.E.M. Chris himself admits to being a huge Bunnyman fan and also loves Depeche Mode and New Order, but grew up under the influence of Britpop giants Oasis and Blur. He has also declared a fascination with mixing guitar music and electronica.

Musical Style

The Editors sound was once dubbed as “Dark Disco” a sound largely achieved by Urbanowicz’s use of synthesizers and riffs on his Rickenbacker 620 Fireglo guitar. He has a condition called synaesthesia which causes him to see music in shapes and colours. This may explain his ability to create musical landscapes for the listener. The group produced three studio albums; “The back Room”,” An End has a Start” and the darker “In This Light and on This Evening”.

Parting of the Ways

On 16th April 2012 Chris Urbanowicz parted company with Editors. The band issued a statement which announced that “In a decision entirely based upon future musical direction, and with huge sadness, Editors and Chris Urbanowicz have parted ways. In 10 years we’ve gone from playing tiny clubs in Birmingham to selling out massive shows across the globe as four friends together so this was a massively painful decision for all of us to make.” The split was clearly amicable with all parties wishing each other good luck in their future projects.

The Future

Chris now resides in New York and has kept out of the limelight since leaving Editors, no future plans have been announced but this highly regarded guitarist is unlikely to stay quiet for long.

Peterborough Music offer the Rickenbacker 620 Fireglo range as played by Chris Urbanowicz.

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