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Essex Chanel is multi-instrumentalist Travis Lee Wiggins’s solo music project, started in Chicago in 2005. For the first several years it was mostly a recording project, with Wiggins performing live under the Essex Chanel name rarely, and these early years let him build his self-run Beware of Dog Studios and let him hone his songwriting and recording skills. Essex Chanel’s live performances have become much more frequent since that period, and with the catalog of music that Wiggins has amassed—the setlist can be very different every performance. A self-described Record-A-Holic, Wiggins records incessantly, to the point that friends would call his guitar his “wife.” While the majority of Essex Chanel’s music & albums are recorded solely by him, the live show varies from Wiggins playing solo to a stageful of musicians cultivated from other bands. Wiggins himself is part of several other musical bands and projects, most notably The Summer Salts, Dolphins Swimming, & Fetla, but in Essex Chanel he is the primary creative force, having control of every aspect of writing, recording, or the designing the packaging and website. Before 2004, Wiggins’s creative output was spent primarily on visual, conceptual, and performance art (see www.travisleewiggins.com).

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