Friday, September 2, 2011
Singer songwriter and passionate world traveller Chris Mapstone’s musical repertoire consists of playing the guitar, didgeridoo, djembe, bongos, harmonica and singing. His lyrics reflect his passion for cultural equality, freedom of speech, self reflection, relationships, and the environment.
In 2007 Chris attended the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival in Australia where he was impressed by the creativity, lifestyle, and beauty he found there. Shortly after his arrival in Byron Bay, Chris met bass player Thomas Morgan, a jazz-schooled international bassist who commands a superb technical fluency on the double bass, and six string electric bass. The musical chemistry was instantaneous. Tom’s intricate, and captivating, groove inspired bass lines complimented the raw resonant warmth of Chris’s voice and lyrics.
Upon relocating to Vancouver, Chris and Tom joined forces with Justin James, a Hawaiian born jazz schooled drummer. It is Justin’s soulful, rhythmic, beats that have given Root System the grounding it needed.
Chris Mapstone and Rootsystem, have just finished recording their debut album with top Vancouver producer Todd Simko (Xaiver rudd, The Be Good Tanyas and Current Swell) and will be touring to support the album launch.
In Chris’s words, “we don’t do this because we seek fame or fortune we do it because we believe in what we do. Our hearts and souls are in the right place.” These guys are the real deal.