Notorious CHRIS is making his presence known around the globe with a bag of ratchet bangers that have garnered support from bass music finest: Zeds Dead, Marshmello, Whipped Cream, Slushii, Ghastly and Sikdope. By 19-years-old, the rising Australian producer found himself opening for Ekali, Claptone, What So Not and Peking Duck as well as landing on major festival lineups like Groovin The Moo, The Grass Is Greener and Goodlife Presents.
Following a slew of hard-hitting releases on esteemed labels like Barong Family and Bourne Recordings which have mounted over 1 million plays, Notorious CHRIS pushes the intensity further by remixing a metal core track ‘Bring Me the Horizon’ by Shadow Moses.
Connecting with long time friend Xenosis for this one, the flip cranks up the already fierce track a few more notches with nutty fills and bass that will blow you away. The cut also showcases Chris’ control behind the decks by creating a unique atmosphere with a stunning stripped back intro and ending.
It is stories like Chris’ that inspire other rising talent, showing where hard work and good vibes can take you. To discover more of Chris’ world we reached out for an interview where he reveals more about the Australian electronic music scene, shares releases at the forefront of bass music and insight into his project.
Can you tell us a little about your new release? Why did you choose to flip ‘Bring Me The Horizon’?
I created this remix with a good friend of mine, Xenosis. We have known each other for a few years now, and have actually played a few festivals together. With the world being on lockdown these past few months, we thought this would be the perfect time to collab on something and put it out. As a kid I loved rock music and recently those early influences have been coming back into my music. The first time I had listened to ‘Shadow Moses’ I knew I had to put my own spin on it and the rest is history.
How do you feel you are offering a fresh sound for the electronic music community?
I feel like my sound is both unique and eccentric, but I take great pride in that. And having had support by some of my biggest influences in the industry, this shows it can be tailored to not just one – but multiple audiences.
Where were you when you supported What So Not and Claptone? How did you land those opportunities?
I supported What So Not and Claptone at Australia’s Groovin The Moo festival in Townsville, Queensland. I was only 17 at the time, and this was my first big festival booking. Words cannot even describe the nerves I was feeling that day! I am forever blessed and grateful for the opportunity Groovin The Moo and Cattleyard gave me. It has changed my life forever!
How was your very first gig? Where were you and can you remember what you played?
My very first gig was at a local event called Goodlife in Brisbane, Queensland. The crowd was all under 18, and I think I was only 16 at the time. My style was very different compared to how it is now, but it was a fun night.
Besides your own work, what are a few of your favorite tracks at the moment?
I have so many tracks that I am in love with right now, I’ll give you my top 5.
How is life in quarantine going in Australia?
Australia is doing pretty well right now, but it has been a rough few months. It does seem like everything is going back to normal now! Clubs are reopening in a few weeks, and festivals are returning in August. Quarantine was good for me though because I wrote so much new music. It was also great to focus on my mental health and fitness during this time. I am normally very busy playing shows, so it allowed me the opportunity to slow down.
How have you gotten involved in your local electronic music scene? What venues, events, party brands and Australian producers do you like? Are there any underground or after hours events?
Before lockdown I was making sure I attended as many local events as possible in Brisbane. This included events at the Met, GPO and many other venues. Some of my favourite Aussie producers right now would most definitely have to be, Blanke, Made By Tsuki, Xenosis, Badrapper, Fitch and so many more, I’d be here all day if I was to name them all!
What is one of the wildest things you witnessed while at an electronic music event?
The wildest experience for me was probably being front row of the mosh pit for RL Grime’s show. That was most definitely not a pretty sight!
A never have I ever, what is one thing people would be surprised to hear you have never done?
Maybe the fact that I have never tried Chipotle?!
Despite going through life without a barbacoa burrito from Chipotle, Notorious CHRIS have proven to be a reputable source of bass music, guaranteeing progressive originals and the latest the scene has to offer during his live sets. Keep your eye on the rising talent making his way up the lineup rankings and dance music charts.
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