We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Gerner-Smidt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I always loved music growing up. Some of my earliest memories are sitting on my dad’s shoulders at a rock n’ roll festival screaming lyrics at the top of my lungs and being completely captivated by everything. My dad had a huge record and CD collection growing up, so I would always rummage through it and listen to all sorts of stuff, from Paul Simon to the Beatles to U2 to REM to Mozart. As I got older, I played xylophone and sang in the youth choir at my school back home in Denmark. After my family and I moved to the US, I started playing guitar and have basically been playing in bands and writing music since high school. Music has always been a vast part of my life, even now as I moonlight as a musician while working a day-job at biotech startup. It’s something I’ve always prioritized and made time for and honestly, I still can’t quite put my finger on a specific reason why aside from passion and love.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently, I play in a power trio called Nix the Scientist, with two incredible musicians (and very long-time friends) named Alex Morrison and Jack Reed. While we started the band in late 2019, we didn’t actually start releasing music until after the pandemic started. This was definitely a challenge, having to basically brand and promote a band without being able to do shows or any kind of in-person interaction. In all honesty, I wasn’t even sure our first release in March 2020 was going to have any kind of success with the times being what they were. Amazingly, the premiere article for the song (called “Flux.”) in Immersive Atlanta stayed as one of the most read articles for over a week and we were able to hit over 3000 plays on Spotify in just a few months. By the end of the year, we had released two EPs and had gotten thousands of plays. Now we’re in the process of releasing new music and working on a concept album. Looking back, I don’t think any of this would have been possible without all the lessons I learned playing in bands like ZALE, Venice Overdrive, and Boomfox.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta is a pretty amazing city and I’m completely in love with it. Downtown Decatur is absolutely one of my favorite spots, with Brickstore Pub and Eddie’s Attic being down that way. The pandemic killed my favorite brunch spot, but Rise & Dine would have been on here for sure. Cabbagetown is a pretty neat area too and really feeds my foodie/creative side a lot. Lullwater Park near Emory is my favorite place to go for a walk. As far as concert venues go, you really can’t go wrong with Aisle 5, the Masquerade, or any of the EAV venues. Atlanta is an incredible musician to be a musician in.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely have to shoutout my family, my friends, my current bandmates in Nix the Scientist, my former bandmates in ZALE, Boomfox, and Venice Overdrive and my music teachers. I had an old bass player tell me once that “music is the worst thing you can get into. Because once you do, you’ll never be able to stop.” That always resonated with me and I couldn’t be happier that I made the choice to get into music.+
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Portraits – Lauren Leathers Science picture – Daniel Schulz