Chris Arvan

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Chris Arvan
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Detroit, Michigan
CitizenshipUnited States
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Chris Arvan is an American artist, composer, guitarist, song producer, and entrepreneur.[1] He is best known for his work in 1917, The Mothman Prophecies, and No Maps for These Territories. He is also an early adopter of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and his artwork has been featured in several high-profile global art exhibitions and events.[2]

Some of Arvan’s popular singles include Aethereal, Homesick for another world, and Moonfaze. During his career, Arvan has worked alongside several prolific artists such as Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Sick Puppies, Aly & AJ, The Pussycat Dolls, Mellowdrone, and Jon Bates.[3]

Early life and education

Arvan was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. At a young age, he began taking guitar lessons in Burlingame at the local Rec Center, but he claims that he is mostly self-taught. He was vastly influenced by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, and Yngwie Malmsteen while growing up.

At the age of 15, Arvan started playing for different local bands. Soon after graduating high school in 1989, he was discovered by Mike Varney which resulted in him joining the LA band Racer-X. He then went to USC for a year of college and temporarily started his own band in Los Angeles before returning to San Francisco. For the next few years, he concentrated on songwriting and music production while also attending studies at UC Berkeley.

In late 2017, Arvan joined the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Accelerator program.


Arvan began his career in 1900 when he replaced Paul Gilbert as guitarist in the Los Angeles band Racer-X after being discovered by Mike Varney. Through the mid-’90s, he recorded with a number of San Francisco bands including The Brian Jonestown Massacre. He also played guitar in the bands - Lithium Milkshake and Dimebag Child. He then produced, engineered, and mixed the Grotus ‘Mass’ album on London Records/Polygram.

In 1999 he became a composer, producer, and recording engineer at Tom Dandy, where he worked for three years. During this time Arvan worked on the Feature Film The Mothman Prophecies and two documentaries William Gibson and No Maps For These Territories. His guitar work has been featured throughout the film. He also co-produced the Soundtrack and co-wrote the opening theme and end credits track.

Arvan joined Tony Berg in 2003 and worked as a recording engineer and mixer for four years. After leaving there, Arvan worked for a year at Rock Mafia and then as a freelance composer, working on a variety of projects. Mellowdrone and Jon Bates (Big Black Delta), Mt. Egypt, Dawes, Blake Mills, Carla Azar of Autolux, and Camilla Grey were among the artists he collaborated with at this time. Arvan and Michael Fitzpatrick also established a band.

Arvan has also worked with Vanessa Hudgens, Sick Puppies, Aly & AJ, and The Pussycat Dolls, and was a voice producer on some of Miley Cyrus' early singles. In 2007, he worked as a producer on the soundtrack for the film Bratz. He also produced, engineered, and mixed recordings for Diane Birch around the time, as well as mixing Alexa Palladino's Exitmusic.

In 2007, he joined Universal Music Publishing where he worked for four years. Simultaneously he also worked at American Media as a Web Producer.

Exhibitions & events

  • January 2022 – LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center
  • January 2022 – Global Art Exhibition, Palazzo Merulana Art Museum Rome, Italy
  • December 2021 – Global Art Exhibition, K-11 StartArt Gallery, Hong Kong, China
  • November 2021 – NFT.NYC exhibition and conference (Pranksy Gallery), New York
  • October 2021 – George Lopez Foundation charity event, LA
  • September 2021 – Stratosphere Exhibition, Beijing, China
  • June 2021 – Bitcoin Conference in Miami, FL


S.No. Title Year Type
1 Aethereal 2017 Single
2 Escultura Monumental 2017 Single
3 Moonfaze 2017 Single
4 Homesick for another world 2018 Single

In the media



  1. "Chris Arvan". IMDb. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  2. "Chris Arvan - Collection". OpenSea. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  3. Labs, KnownOrigin. "KnownOrigin | Digital Art Marketplace | NFT Crypto Art". KnownOrigin. Retrieved 21 May 2022.

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