Chris Hill is a drummer, composer/producer and improviser based in Berlin. Combining risk-laden improvisation with meticulously sculpted sound design, his multidirectional work is often operating at the frayed out corners of established genres.
Chris is a highly active performer within the emerging and creative musical community. He is a founding member of collective improvising piano trio CLEANING EACH OTHER, a member of ECHO CHAMBER, a group that seamlessly blends free-jazz aesthetics with electronic experimentalism, and a member of Eden Leshem’s HUSH MOSS, a group whose music has been described as a "creepy selection of nocturnal R&B“ by The Guardian (UK).
As a sideman, Chris has been working in a large variety of contexts. He has carved out a genre-bending approach, combining intricate grooves, a soft spot for vintage drum sounds and the organic implementation of electronics. Credits include recording and touring with south african rising star, singer-songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou, avant-folk project Kyson and mysterious Paris-based singer Merryn Jeann.
He has been very fortunate to perform and/or record with a wide range of internationally acclaimed improvising artists such as Axel Dörner, Achim Kaufmann, Tobias Delius, Simon Rose, Liz Kosack, Vincent von Schlippenbach / DJ Illvibe, Brad Henkel, Rieko Okuda, Tomomi Adachi, Johannes Fink, Lina Allemano, Rainer Witzel, Dag Magnus Narvesen, Eliad Wagner, to name a few.
His solo project HOLYMACHINES is focusing on abstract electronic music, using digital technologies to manipulate samples and found sounds to finally reassemble them as bold new sonic gestures. The audiovisual debut album IMAGE VERSION was released in 2016, largely featuring work by video artist and motion designer AQUIET.
As a curator, he is active as co-founder of Berlin-based audiovisual label AVERAGE NEGATIVE and as host of the regular concert series LIQUID SOUNDS SERIES - both dedicated to genre-free, creative music.
As a sound designer, Chris has founded the creative agency chhhhhh, which has created campaigns for major brands such as Mercedes Benz, Drive Now, VIU Eyewear, Deutsche Bahn, WIRED and many more.
Chris proudly endorses Sunhouse Sensory Percussion and Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals.