Just a month after signing his first record deal in 2003, Chris kicked off an international DJ career with a high profile set, playing the first Saturday night at a new prestigious club in the heart of Shibuya, Tokyo. The night before, Chris had handed a white-label promo of ‘Dub Sonar’ to none other than renowned house DJ Satoshi Tomiie. Taking place on Chris’ 23rd birthday, his set was so well received that the promoters rebooked him two months later.
Back home, the hype surrounding Chris’ productions and projects continued to grow. ‘Dub Sonar’ had received high profile DJ support from Sasha, Quivver, Nick Warren, Sander Kleinenberg, Slacker and Jonathan Lisle, and the dance press sat up and took notice. The first single received great reviews in DJ mag, IDJ, DMC Update and M8 magazine, and a full page feature in M8 magazine followed soon after.
Chris’ growing reputation as a prominent producer was solidified further with his remix of Flash Brothers’ ‘Ways’, which again received high profile DJ support from Sasha and further good press in DJ mag and M8 magazine, and the remix even topped the influential Hooj.com weekly chart. By this stage Silver Planet had asked Chris to compile and mix their third installment of the Fear series, following in the footsteps of James Holden and the Flash Brothers.
The Fear 3 mix compilation was released on the anniversary of his first gig in Tokyo, achieving critical acclaim with the dance press declaring it an outstanding achievement and the best in the series. The release was promoted with a DJ tour spanning several UK dates (Twisted Melon, Empathy and Audio Deluxe) and international bookings in Poland and Turkey.
This also coincided with Silver Planet’s 50th release, which featured the Luke Chable remix of ‘Dub Sonar’ and Chris’ remix of Main Element’s ‘Delta Of Venus’. DJ support came from John Digweed and Steve Smart on Kiss FM, and from Nick Warren who charted it at number two. Chris’ second single, ‘Atmospheric Graffiti’ (debuted at his first gig in Tokyo), was picked up by Anthony Pappa for his Balance 006 compilation. Nick Warren declared it his tune of 2004 and Paul Van Dyk also played it.
Chris’ second mix compilation, Future House on Kickin Music, received further good press and distribution deals from major players Universal and JVC. An international DJ tour to promote the release included dates at The Bomb in Nottingham, Turnmills in London, London Calling @ Earl’s Court, L’Enfer Rouge in Prague, Park 97 in Shanghai, Studio 80 in Amsterdam, Secret in Istanbul and Faces in Ankara. Chris’ artist album, ‘No Surrender’, was released in 2008 and again received strong support from the UK dance press, with DMC Update giving the album 4/5, ‘Endgame’ (1st single) 4/5 and DJ Mag giving ‘Ik Ben Terug’ (2nd single) 3/5.
Having played alongside Hybrid, Phil K, Futureshock, Phil Kieran, Slacker, Andy Moor, Ashley Casselle, Jody Wisternoff and Lexicon Avenue, with headline DJ sets in nine different countries and a 3 year DJ residency at London’s renowned Electronic Sessions, Chris is now focusing back on his production and remix work – with several new signings in 2018.
(Words by management.)