Chris Harris is an aspiring Performer, DJ, Producer and Composer who's work is as eclectic as his taste in music.
Chris was born in Birmingham, UK before moving to Stourbridge at the age of 6. His father was heavily into music, especially rock music but there was an eclectic side to his musical choices too such as Art of Noise, Vangelis and Japan, and Chris was exposed to this wide range from a very early age.
Chris began to throw himself into live music and in 1992, at the age of 14; he had picked up the bass guitar and joined a local band (The Reckoning). Over the next few years they enjoyed regional success and started to move out of the area to venues in London, playing Covent Garden and Drury Lane as well as two headline festival appearances at the Malvern Mountain Bike Festival in Worcestershire. Two Ep's and a CD single later (produced by Dave Morris, producer of The Wonderstuff) and the band were on the verge of signing a contract with Arista Records. Unfortunately the Band declined the offer on personal grounds. Whilst disappointed they continued to write and perform but interest waned and members had started to collaborate with other bands. By 1999 they had split up.
During his time with the band however, Chris has seriously got into the Rave Scene and had started to DJ. Being very much into Gabba and Hard Trance, Chris got his first break at the Halesowen College Party (where he attended) in 1994. From here Chris kicked on and by the end of 1996 he had a guest slot every Friday night at the Dorchester Nightclub in Wolverhampton. It was during his time here that Chris got his first real exposure to House and Trance. He was hooked. Early on in 1997 Chris took over the residency until the clubs closure in 1998. Over this period Chris amassed a huge range of House, Speed Garage and Trance.
Unfortunately, by 1999, Chris had fallen away from the music scene but in 2002 his band had reformed but this time as a Levellers Tribute Band (one of the main influences in their earlier years). This lasted for a couple of years. They even had regular Levellers fans attend the gigs as well as an endorsement from The Levellers themselves on their Website. The band was even their guests at a one of their smaller gigs (under their pseudonym Drunk In Public) at the Rock Cafe in Stourbridge (now the River Rooms) after being double booked by the establishment. During this period Chris started to get back into DJing once again, playing mainly at private events and a couple of illegal raves.
Life continued to move on and Chris married in 2005 and started to focus more on a career however his love of music was always there. Over the next few years his musical tastes expanded and he began to mix sets at home for his own pleasure, everything from Jungle, House, Trance through to Chillout, Classical and even the Ozric Tentacles. Chris had always has a creative streak and started to write his own music but both work and his lack of knowledge of production software held him back.
By 2009 Chris had grown bored with the 'Rat Race' and in July 2010 had given in to his desire to write and produce his own music. He left his job and returned to college to Study Music Technology. Here he got his first taste of music production using Cubase and Reason as well as mixing with other musicians and like minded people and after completing a Level 3 Music Technology course, Chris moved on to study a HND in Popular Music Practice at Birmingham City University which he completed June 2013 and is now looking to complete a degree in music.
Chris is enjoying a very busy period with his music. He is currently working on a concept album and graphic novel with his band ‘Unchanged’ which they hope will be released towards the end of 2014. He is involved with the running of two record labels; Insert Name Records and Hard As Nails Recordings as well as working on solo and collaborative works for these labels. He is a resident DJ at the Flaunt Events in Worcester which has seen him support the likes of Anne Savage, B.K. and Andy Farley and is looking forward to working on the film scores for a couple of amateur productions over the next few months.
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