Todd MacKenzie and Mark Rhodes, the creative force behind Channel, have collaborated together for over 13 years. MacKenzie's songwriting influences range from legends such as Elton John and Johnny Cash to Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and U2. Rhodes' influences vary from pop/rock artists such as a-ha, Big Country, Wall of Voodoo and Filter to lesser known artists such as 16 Horsepower, Justin Sullivan of New Model Army and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.
Together, MacKenzie and Rhodes create an original sound that lies somewhere between artists such as INXS, U2, The Killers and Snow Patrol. Rhodes' often acerbic lyrics delve into the addictions of fame, religion, media, reality television, alcohol and relationships.
The band's live performances feature drummer Bill Holmes. Together, they have opened for the Thrill Kill Kult, Zeromancer, Pigface, the Chameleons UK, Jesus Jones, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, Nina Hagen, Human Drama, the Mission UK and others.
Channel is currently writing and recording a new CD, due out in the Fall of this year.