Christian began playing and experimenting with instruments from the age of four, having been born into a family of musicians: his mother a piano teacher and his father a professional flautist, who played flute and piccolo on iconic film scores including many of the James Bond movies, Superman, Star Wars, ET and Indiana Jones. It was digging through his parents’ extensive record collection as a young boy that first ignited a creative spark. Searching for anything non-classical, early sources of inspiration included Stevie Wonder’s “Hotter Than July”, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On”, Bill Withers “Still Bill”, and Jimi Hendrix “Experience”. These albums had an energy that immediately grabbed his attention, the sound of the records and the supreme musicianship of these legendary artists providing early musical inspiration.
Christian’s first visit to a music studio was at the age of 13, when he accompanied his father to a recording session at Sony music studios in central London. From the moment he laid eyes on the mixing desk, he got a glimpse into life in recording studios, and was instantly hooked. Around the same time, while at school, he discovered a computer in the music department with Logic, a sound module and a keyboard. Using this at any available opportunity, his increasing knowledge of sound-engineering in digital form led him to fulfil his ambition of becoming an accomplished producer later in his career.
At 14, he began studying at the junior Royal Academy of Music in London, playing with other young musicians from around the country and learning to write music in a more traditional fashion. Conversely, it was at this time that he discovered artists such as Prince, D’Angelo and The Roots, whom he cites as strong influences on the music that he creates today. After music school each Saturday, Christian would often visit the infamous Jazz Cafe in London’s Camden town, hearing and mixing with musicians like Ronny Jordan and Fred Wesley. A chance meeting with Sola Akingbola of platinum selling UK funk band Jamiroquai led Christian to learn how to play the drums, Akingbola taking him under his wing having recognised a strong potential.
After graduating, Christian began to work the London circuit of live music nights and showcases. He also began to write & produce for emerging and signed artists, and create library music for TV and advertisements. It was during this time that he met the now world-renowned soul artist Michael Kiwanuka on a recording session. Michael got Christian started properly on the guitar, showing him some jazz turnarounds and licks. He also talked him into buying his first Fender Strat. They became good friends and it was their mutual respect for each other as musicians and their shared views, visions and priorities that led them to form Movement Records.
Since its inception in 2013, the label has enjoyed a number of successes, most notably securing a US wide distribution deal with Fat Possum, working with the team who released the first 2 albums by The Black Keys amongst others. Christian himself was given backing from the British Phonographic Industry, allowing him to promote himself internationally as an artist. His debut single won widespread praise in the UK music press and was championed by national radio stations such as XFM and BBC 6 Music. With the potential to become one of the world most celebrated musicians, Christian Gregory is undoubtedly an artist to watch in 2014.