Chris Trapper is an old pro although he tends to forget that.
been doing this for a long time, 14 years, and have always had jobs and
opportunities, but I dont think about it like that, Trapper said. I
still think Im trying to make it.
scrappy singer-songwriter has been rewarded for all his humble hard
work with tours supporting the likes of Matchbox Twenty in his alt-rock
band, The Push Stars. His songs both with the band and solo have
appeared in films like Theres Something About Mary, The Devil Wears
Prada and August Rush, which featured This Time.
of people have covered that song, Trapper said. Theres one from this
heavyset bald guy who sings it without a shirt on. I never thought that
someday, someone would be singing it shirtless on YouTube. With The
Push Stars on indefinite hiatus, Trapper has cherished the move to the
more quaint routine of solo performer, watching his life go from a
massive projection to an open book.
Theres this bizarre, outside pressure that everything has to be big.
When you do solo work,
it can be very isolated, but theres a beauty in it, he said. I dont
think anyone has seen my solo show and left not
knowing who I am and where I am from. Ive seen people laugh at my gigs.
Ive seen people cry at my gigs. You dont get that sort of intimacy at
a big rock show.
change also pushed him to become a more well-rounded performer, honing
his craft to include storytelling and even a few jokes to complement his
ceaseless work to grow as a songwriter and musician.
used to take it for granted that I had a little talent and could glide
by play shows a little drunk or not practice, Trapper said. Now that
its solo, that goes out the window. You have to be good on all
Trapper believes his latest album, The Few & the Far Between, is
his best and most personal to date. The effort features vocals from a
recent tourmate, Men at Works Colin Hay, and hes come to enjoy sharing
such personal ballads with strangers on the road, even if it initially
proved a tad difficult.
first, I couldnt listen to it, he said. There were moments that were
too intimate and too personal. But thats the thing I like about
records: that you can share a feeling.