Tucked unassumingly into a Dalston side street you'll find the Servant Jazz Quarters. An art-deco-meets-antique-shop cocktail bar - a real treasure trove of objet d'art.

As I stepped into the bar I could hear a fractured voice and guitar escaping from the basement stairs. Sat alone on a stage bathed in red was Christopher Owens sound checking for an invite-only performance to showcase new material from his album A New Testament (out September 29th via Turnstile). This was a performance worthy of the show itself; the delicate solo renditions seemingly hitting home with Christopher even when it's just him, a sound engineer and a photographer trying not to kill the mood with the sound of his camera.

After soundcheck I spoke to Christopher about this evening's event and how he felt about playing in such a small, intimate setting: "And to a load of industry people! Every show's different, right!?".

During our quick portrait session Christopher was a small centre of calm. On 'Here We Go' he sings "Don't try to harsh my mellow, man." That mellow seems to be his default setting. It's wonderful. Talk naturally turned to photography and he spoke candidly about his shoot with YSL, "I met with Hedi Slimane a couple of times before the shoot which was great. He was behind the camera on the day too. He's really into the small details."

Not wanting to harsh his mellow with too much press obligation I left Christopher to relax in a corner of the bar with his copy of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle.

Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens
Behind the Scenes with Christopher Owens