It’s not often that a band infiltrates the essence of your being, where you live and breathe their music and their words. The Berlin based IAMX isn’t merely a band, it’s an event – a full-on aural and visual attack which has created a die-hard cult who wait for their every move with bated breath.
While most artists tend to see their art as a finite entity, IAMX’s mastermind Chris Corner sees his music as ever evolving, open to interpretation and change. Like an electro glam soundtrack to a Jan Svankmajer film, IAMX mixes Corner’s erotically-charged vocals with fresh intricate production, melancholia and psychotic lyrics. Music that is as brutal as it is emotional.
Growing up in a working class family in Northern England defined Chris’ realistic and practical creative approach. »I have always been a hard worker and we grew up with nothing. I don’t focus on doing things the correct accepted way, but on quickly finding the most effective solutions. That is what has lead me to a DIY approach in everything I do, in my art and in my personal life« Chris explains.
After three successful releases and years of touring the world as founding member, writer, producer and singer of the band Sneaker Pimps, Chris began his solo project IAMX in 2004. From the start, IAMX celebrated the independent anti-commercial industry approach, releasing uncompromising music, with focus on a strong bond with the fans. A movement whose fan base grows steadily through word-of mouth and online activity.
In 2004, Corner released the IAMX debut album Kiss + Swallow, which has already been considered an underground classic, with songs such as the title track, Skin Vision, Missile, and Sailor among others, setting up a new sound many call ‘Glam Noir’.
The follow up, their internationally acclaimed second album The Alternative, voted the Number One Album of 2007 by XM Radio in US, was the sound of an independent revolution offering the perfect “alternative” to the insipid radio drone of the mainstream.
To write and record The Alternative, Chris Corner moved from London to Berlin in 2006. He is since residing in an old industrial GDR building outside the city which functions as the permanent IAMX base. Here rehearsals take place, videos and live visuals are shot, and all music is written and recorded. The run down art factory IAMX call TURMWERK, is also a place where Corner collaborates with artist friends like Imogen Heap, Jim Abbiss and James Cook among others.
With the third studio album, Kingdom of Welcome Addiction, IAMX created another masterpiece, in which the glam noir styling got an organic and much more intimate makeover. The naked emotion was embracingly welcomed on this album by both fans and critics. From the vulnerable shuffle of “Tear Garden” and the regal march of “Kingdom of Welcome Addiction” to the late night primal dance floor rhythms of “Nature Of Inviting.”
The fourth IAMX album, “Volatile Times”, was released throughout Europe on March 18, 2011 by BMG Rights Management and distributed through Rough Trade. The album features strikingly more electro-aggressive tracks such as “Music People” and “Volatile Times” that are balanced out by the haunting ballads of “Avalanches” and “Oh Beautiful Town”. The US/CAN re-worked version of Volatile Times was also digitally released September 2, 2013 on all major North American online retailers.
With a whole new outlook and recording process, the writing of the fifth IAMX album was expanded over multiple continents and co-produced alongside Jim Abbiss. Corner reached out to his fans through PledgeMusic asking for help in facilitating funding for the creation of the album. 100% of the targeted goal was achieved within one hour of the campaign creation and would go on to reach 817%. “The Unified Field” was independently released worldwide through 61seconds records, on March 22, 2013.
IAMX have played extensively to sold out audiences across Europe and North America. The live performances have become a highlight of the project. Dressed to kill and set to a backdrop of self-created artistic visuals, Corner is complimented by an explosive and passionate live band that brings his music to life. IAMX has gained the respected reputation as an exceptional live experience that is not to be missed!