chik white began in 2004 as my stage name for crust-punk band The Hold. That project lasted for five years and saw two full lengths, multiple singles/EPs, and a number of Canadian tours. I kept the chik white moniker for doom metal outfit Vennt and art-damaged noise rock trio Attack Mode. I played drums in both bands. I also recorded under chik white for my experimental vocal project Shitcook, and I used the pseudonym for my role as an actor in Lowlife and a few short films.
chik white music took a minimalist turn when I moved to West Chezzetcook, on the rural coast of Nova Scotia, in 2009. Around then I acquired a collection of handmade jaw harps and began a regular ritual of improvising on the instruments in natural settings, a ritual that continues on a weekly basis. Over time, my harp project morphed into experimental territory and has come to incorporate preparations, techniques, and performative elements that tease uncomfortable vocalizations from my mouth, throat, and lungs.
My latest sound work involves processing locally-sourced field records into sound sculptures and merging them with live vocal and harp improvisations mic’d at my windpipe. On occasion I also build instruments out of ocean refuse, as can be heard in my work from White Rabbit’s 2016 Artist Residency in Economy, Nova Scotia.
As a jaw harp player, I’ve released seven albums on various labels. My work has been covered by The Wire (UK), Quietus (UK), Tiny Mix Tapes (US), Weird Canada (CA), Decoder (US), CBC 2 (CA), Canadaland (CA), Exclaim! (CA), among other outlets. For 2017, I have an LP upcoming on Feeding Tube Records. I am also planning tours for the spring and fall.
For bookings or other inquiries, email chikwhite[at]gmail[dot]com.
Discography – Solo
chik white – Raft Recordings from Economy (Notice Recordings – 2017)
chik white – soft shapes (Power Moves Library – 2017)
chik white – malform (self-released – 2016)
chik white – Behind a Dead Tree on the Shore/Jaw Works (Notice Recordings – 2014)
chik white – I am muck. you are the wind. (Arachnidiscs – 2013)
chik white – Winter Swell (Scotch Tapes – 2011)
chik white – Highest Tides (DIVORCE – 2010)
Shitcook – Part Knife (DIVORCE – 2005)
Shitcook – Run to the Gun (DIVORCE – 2004)
Exclaim! – live review – 2017
The Imposter (Canadaland) – malform interview – 2017
The Wire – malform review – 2017
We Need No Swords – malform/Soft Shapes review – 2017
Tiny Mix Tapes – Soft Shapes review – 2017
DOMINIONATED – malform review – 2017
The Quietus – malform review – 2016
CBC 2 – video segment on jaw harp (teaser for radio interview)- 2016
We Need No Swords – Behind a Dead Tree review – 2014
The Wire – Behind a Dead Tree review – 2014
Decoder – Behind a Dead Tree review – 2014
The Cookshop – Behind a Dead Tree review – 2014
Cassette Gods – Behind a Dead Tree review – 2014
Le son du grisli – Behind a Dead Tree review – 2014
Weird Canada – I am Muck. you are the wind. review – 2013
Weird Canada – Highest Tide review – 2010