Versatile bassist & songwriter Chris Bottomley started his recording and performance antics in 1982 in post punk Toronto, performing along with his brother John and Sev Micron in the successful rock cirkus Tulpa. He started his funk/rock/jazz collective Brainfudge in 1991, a project that takes an anything goes musical approach to live gigs, ambling cheerfully between funk, rock, reggae and jazz.
This current incarnation of the band is all Toronto based musicians - drummer Great Bob Scott, saxophonists Richard Underhill and Perry White of Shuffle Demon fame, Trombonist Steve Donald, Malagasy guitarist and Juno winner Donne' Roberts, and Robert Scott on keys.
Along with his band Brainfudge, Bottomley brings his unique sound to backwoods bars, concert halls, music festivals, conferences, fundraisers, on the street, in circus parades, after hours clubs, private events, fashion shows, wrap parties, studios, on the radio, house parties and art galleries.
Performances of note include opening for Grupo Fantasma (2007) Adrian Belew (2009), & Living Colour (1988).
Bottomley's latest independently produced CD, BRIGHT EyE DAY, comes out of chaos, emotional upheaval, tragedy and hope.
Featuring longtime Brainfudge members Great Bob Scott, Donné Roberts, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Bryden Baird, Jono Grant and the late James Gray.
People he's performed and toured with include; Tulpa, Look People, Boogiewall Soundsystem, Mofunk Collective, Rich Underhill's Funk Explosion, Donne' Roberts, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Wayne Lavallee, John Bottomley, The Kensington Horns, Asani, Andru Branch & Halfway Tree, Gisto, Michael Garrick, House of David Gang, FreeDubStar, Abjeez, Eccodek & Ainike
Tangles & Spoils (1991), Brainfudge (1994), Knotty Bits (2004) Cerebral Lubrication" (2004). Bright Eye Day (2013)
“African Head Dub” placed in Chris Dyer’s “Positive Creations” Documentary (Dreamtime Cinema)
His song “Belize City Bakin’ was released on OhmGrown Record’s "Reggae Against Landmines Compilation VOL 2"
Bottomley played bass on Eccodek’s “Calling the Rain” Remix on CD “Remixstasy”.
He also played bass on "Sleep Six" first CD "Time Enough".
His song "Belize City Bakin" won 2nd place in the Unisong Int'l Song Contest in 2005.
Chris Bottomley’s tracks