Chris Lake’s DJing style is difficult to pin down as he likes to mix it up a bit, but he describes his style as “incorporating a lot of genres, heavily based around progressive UK and US house, slightly techy, tribal house.” With an open-minded “If I like it, I’ll play it” attitude, his wide taste in music means he’s avoided being pigeonholed the way many DJs are.
Those that know Chris will know how serious he is about his music and how obsessive he is about his DJing and production. This is evident in the care, craft and passion that goes into Chris’ DJing which has led to his sets becoming known for their originality, innovation, flawless display of technical skill, but most of all for their energy. Chris Lake possesses a natural ability to work records to their limits, blending beats, building the tension and then causing complete dancefloor mayhem!
Born in Norwich (UK) on 08/08/82, Chris Lake had somewhat of a nomadic upbringing, raised in a small village called Lingwood (UK) for his first twelve years, and then moving to Northern Ireland for a year before moving to Scotland where he is currently based in Peterhead (just outside Aberdeen).
During his time at Mintlaw Academy, he was introduced to “all of this keyboard stuff” by a friend and was immediately hooked. After investing in a few bits of kit between them, they started churning out their own tunes. “They were pretty crappy mainstream tunes,” admits Chris who quickly ended up working on his own productions because of differing tastes.
In Nov 1999 Lake was then introduced to this unheard of ‘Underground’ music and was instantly hooked all over again! A remarkable six months later, after drumming up regular guest spots around Scotland, he secured his first residency at Passion in Aberdeen. Unleashing his infectious energy and driving music policy to the crowds at Passion every month.
Chris then let his production take a back seat for a while as he concentrated on his DJing work until Jan 2001, when he dusted off his studio kit and turned his attention to producing again. His cheeky bootleg of Tenaglia’s ‘Elements of Der Schieber’ was spawned. One of the TP’s found it’s way into the hands of Seb Fontaine who dropped it on his Radio One show four weeks running (including live broadcasts from Radio One’s Ibiza Opening party and Newcastle’s Telewest Arena three weeks later).
Quick to expand on his momentum he returned to his production and Chris’ next foray into the studio yielded ‘Phatter Planet’, Chris’ re-rub of Leftfield’s ‘Phat Planet’. The success of the track has since been far reaching, a truly global phenomena, receiving the respect of progressive’s heavy-hitters with the likes of Timo Maas, Oliver Klein and Tiesto as well as the likes of the Spundae DJs (San Francisco), Tom Stephan, Luke Brancaccio and Desyn Masiello (Alternative Route) all giving it a good airing in clubs the world over.
His inherent drive, tireless attitude and sheer determination have been channelled into a relatively young career, but already with some amazing results. Earlier this year Chris Lake signed to London-based label Cuba Recordings.
His next production ‘Santiago De Cuba’, intended as his debut release on Cuba, has since been licensed to Hooj Choons for their sister label Lost Language and is scheduled for release in June this year.
Chris Lake’s steady haul from tinkering in his studio, when no-one would give him a gig, to his breakthrough production of ‘Phatter Planet’ and being signed to Cuba Recordings has been no easy road… suffice to say he’s put in the hours!
A relative newcomer onto the DJ/production scene and still only 19 years old, but his DJing and production work is, without doubt, something a bit special.