1973 in Rotherham, England, and staunchly proud of
his roots. Kris started out with his love of music
really early learning piano in the late 70's (and doing
so-so at it), and flute, clarinet and various other
instruments in the 80's. It wasn't until the early
90's however until
up a bass
and fumbled through his first few songs.
April 1997, he joined his first "proper band"
after many false starts, a band known at the time as
Telefunken with the most memorable thing about the band
being a furry TV logo. Telefunken
became Joe Lazarus, recorded some stuff, played some
gigs, did so-so and split up. Going the same way as
many bands then.
In 1999 after a few months of non-starters he chose a Rotherham
based rock band as his next stop on his career.
It was a long stop, and through two name changes and three
line-up changes he spent over 8 years there and did his
gigs with a few tours taking in a lot of Central and Northern
Europe along the way... but never Wales. Sorry Wales.
struck and he bailed in
January 2008. He doesn't speak of (or to) them any
change of direction was needed, but the problem was
his beloved Classic Rock Society friends knew him as
a hard rock and metal bassist and not as a prog rock
bassist who is quite capable of some rather sweet sounding
basslines so he has to be a little bit underhand in
advertising his services and placed the following advert
on the Classic Rock Society website:
|Bassist seeks musicians
We have a bassist in South Yorkshire seeking musicians or an existing Progressive
Rock / Progressive Metal band in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire,
Derbyshire or anywhere within reason. Has own transport and pro quality gear.
A very technical player who has toured, recorded, and has around 500 gigs
experience including some very large venues. Has a good knowledge of the
industry and many good contacts within the business.
Contact through the webmaster...
Leeds responded (who was rather shocked to find out
who it was)... and the rest, as they say, is history.
is a true bassist
at heart - he can't play a 6 string guitar - but unusually
for a bassist can read sheet music (when he can be
Kris adds Mannings' bottom end into the songs with
his Warwick Thumb 5 string bass. You can also see him
time to tme using a Ned Steinberger WAV upright stick
bass for the Manning Akoustik band sets. He is purely
a finger-style player and describes plectrums as fake
is by nature a very fast rock bassist able to keep
up with those 190bpm rock basslines - which when slowed
down to prog rock speeds makes for a 10 minute song.
of notes - more time to play them in!
not playing bass with Manning, Kris is a keen Astronomer
(hence always being able to tell fans just how long the
light from Antares has travelled to greet them) and
has blogged for over 5 years now), retro games, Nintendo,
and flickr (including
his 365 days of
on day 800 at the time of writing - Feb 2010).
When not playing bass with Manning he is an electrical
engineer specialising in design and construction of fire
often listens to The Beach Boys, Renaissance, Genesis,
IQ, Jadis, Kate Bush and generally has very eclectic
Thumb 5 string (2000 special edition)
Ned Steinberger NS WAV bass 4 string
Kris exclusively uses and endorses Gallien & Krueger
bass amplification and uses a RB700 amplifier with custom
speakers and Backline 15 cabinet with custom 650 watt
A healthy diet of Coffee, Crisps and Biscuits