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The conversation with Chris hasn’t gone far before I realise that I'm talking to one of the industry's Chameleons.


You might have been one of the thousands in the audience at Sydney Panthers that saw him on stage as Freddie Mercury, bra and all, as he relived the great songs of Queen. You could have been part of the fabulous audiences that caught him in New Zealand and South Africa 'being' John Lennon as he played and sang some of the great hits of the Beatles.


You might have caught him in a Newcastle (NSW Australia) pub as he headed up his band (Ezel) as lead guitarist and singer. You might have turned up to live theatre and seen him on stage in a multitude of musical plays and straight plays anytime over the last two decades.









On stage as John Lennon during the New Zealand tour.

(Photo by Jon Van Grinsvan)

As a youngster he followed in his father's footsteps, treading the boards in Musical Theatre and his love of performance and being the entertainer has stayed and intensified over the years. Being the writer, composer, lead guitarist and voice of Ezel has also provided an outlet for his wonderful creative zeal.


Having just finished his first experience of facing the camera for a stint in Musical film, Chris has taken the time to reflect on his life and share his experiences with Reflective Bubble.


Chris: I spent most of my teens doing theatre and got to a point when I needed something real. I perceived some of those in the theatre to be always on stage and I feared I was the same and that I would never meet the real me. So I started writing poetry and bought a guitar and found my voice.


Ed:      At what point in your life did you begin to take your music seriously?


Chris: As soon as I started writing music at 18, I took music too seriously. I expected amazing things to happen fast. When they did not, and after a few years, I learned to love the art just for what it was, not for what it could or should give, I abandoned myself to it and I love it more now as a result. I now play music as my main income but try not to take it too seriously as I don’t want to invite stress and disease. I see each show as another opportunity to learn more and better the art.




Chris as Freddie Mercury in Sydney.

(Photo by Mercer)




Chris as Freddie Mercury.

(Photo by Mercer)

Ed:      Describe your art and what you are trying to achieve.


Chris: I write poetry more often based on what whispers from the dimly lit corners of my mind and then sing it out till it feels natural. I don’t like to repeat what has already been said or done, so my music does not sound as familiar as what you expect on the radio. My goal is to sing these songs to whoever would listen for as long as my voice makes a tune.


Ed:      Have there been sacrifices made to live a life of creativity?


Chris: I consider my need to work for many years in a full time office job in order to fund my musical needs, to be sacrifice. Music is expensive and time consuming and often unrewarding and painful. You work through it, though, because of the songs and the way they feel to sing.


Ed:      Has the pressure of expectation ever felt overwhelming?


Chris: When I've performed as Freddie Mercury in my ‘Queen’ tribute band, ‘We are the Champions’, and as John Lennon in ‘The Beatles Boys’, I have felt the audience’s expectations and desires to see that which they love. This has made me anxious at times but anxiety can be turned into excitement and I can deliver.



Chris as Jonathan Harker.

(Photo by Gareth Jarman)


Chris on the film set of Dracula.

(Photo by Wayne Jarman)

Ed:      How did the idea for your current project evolve?


Chris: My performing in tribute bands was a manifestation. I would always picture being on stage as Freddie, or as a Beatle performing to thousands. I forgot to make the character on stage, me. So until I sort that out, I will learn lessons by walking in others' shoes. I have now started to manifest me on stage as me. But we all know manifestation takes its time.


Ed:      What is your measure of success with your music?


Chris: I never feel more alive or more self fulfilled than I do after writing a new song. I would class success as being free to write and play throughout the land without fear of compromising my equally important need to eat well and live in a nice place close to those I love. I also like a particularly expensive kind of car, so if the universe included one in the deal I would smile.


Ed:      What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?


Chris: Play because you love it and need it. Sing from your heart. This may not be what is selling or shaking its bum at you but it is the only way to stay healthy and not resent your art.


Ed:      How do you push yourself to evolve further? Where does your drive come from?





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Chris: As an entertainer I never take an audience for granted. Each one has different needs, so I evolve to entertain. I also push myself vocally to express each song respectfully. As my songs are a little theatrical this is always required. Also the desire to never repeat myself musically pushes me to find the true melody of each song. The drive comes from knowing I only get one spell on this earth and I am the only one responsible for obtaining that which I want.




At the time of writing this article, the filming of the musical based on Bram Stokers' Dracula is complete and in the editing phase and Christopher Lee Frazer is about to embark on a six week musical tour of New Zealand and South Africa.








(Photo by Mercer)






Anymore by Christopher Lee Frazer and Ezel.







Members of EZEL on this recording are:

Jason Peters (Bass),

Corey Milton (Drums),

Tony Heads (Keys).