Crissy Criss

Real Name:
Christopher Williamson
Profile:
International Drum & Bass DJ, Producer, Label owner, Former BBC Radio 1 + 1Xtra and Kiss broadcaster from London, United Kingdom.

Crissy Criss has left a legacy in his wake which many of his counterparts have been unable to match. A DJ, producer and a label owner, his seminal ten-year BBC Radio 1 show put him on the map, but it’s his DJ Skill and releases which followed that have enabled him to stay ahead of the game. After becoming a weekly drum & bass tastemaker, as well as one of dance music’s most notable figures on the decks and on the radio airwaves, he’s gone on to feature across these stations although this time with his own sounds. From his imprint ‘War On Silence’, featuring BBC Radio 1 playlisted records like ‘Real’, his profile has grown considerably and he’s a multi-faceted artist in the truest sense.

After being influenced to take up DJing by his stepfather 'Kenny Ken' in the early 90’s, Crissy’s career started in 1995 at the tender age of nine. It was whilst on the road that his DJing skills sought international recognition and soon he found himself on the legendary underground pirate radio station ‘Kool FM’ at age eleven. Attention was drawn more and more to the young DJ, leading to his own show on BBC Radio 1 in 2004, then onto the renowned BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2007. During his time at the BBC - Crissy helped shine the light on record labels and careers of Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Wilkinson, Flux Pavillion, Doctor P, FuntCase, Metrik, Mind Vortex, Fred V & Grafix, SPY, Rene LaVice, Dimension and many more to become iconic names in coming years for those in the know. As well as servicing the underground, the 1Xtra show also attracted many mainstream accolades - including a Sony Radio Award nomination for his 'Story of the Amen Break’ radio documentary. Keeping the BBC’s flagship urban station on the pulse of underground music, Crissy led 1Xtra to 3 Best Radio Station awards at the prestigious Drum&Bass Awards in 2008, 2009, 2013 and also securing himself in the top Best Radio Show category 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Using his undeniable mixing talent and respected position, Crissy Criss has become an ambassador for D&B - representing the genre at numerous 1Xtra Live gigs alongside the likes of Alesha Keys, Disclosure, Chase & Status and more.

Since this point his ascent has been unstoppable; with multiple LPs, a record label and an illustrious career as a DJ standing in the backdrop, Crissy Criss has broken boundaries. His marketing prowess, alongside his skillset within the studio and behind the decks have made him a formidable force - classed as one of the technically gifted DJs in the scene solidifying his position as an international top DnB artist smashing festivals and club crowds worldwide.

‘Real’ has been one of the markers for Crissy’s success. A collaboration alongside trap duo WiDE AWAKE, it was also awarded a place amongst MTV Music Video’s playlist additions. Released on 'War On Silence’, named after his label, it drew for the scene’s ground breaking names, including Teddy Killerz, Upgrade, TC, Funtcase, Malux, Erb n Dub, Killer Hertz, Heist, Inja and Carasel. The LP was praised for being such an eclectic package amongst many trend setting names, from the US based Your EDM through to the expansive UKF platform. With weekly continued plays all year round on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Kiss Fresh for every single unleashed through the album, figures like Mistajam, Annie Mac, Greg James, Maya Jama and Rene LaVice all showed their support. ‘Real’ even peaked at number two on the Radio 1 Dance Chart and became BBC Radio 1’s ‘Track of the Weekend’. As well as sitting at number nine in the UK Shazam chart – Crissy has managed to break down the border between the underground and the mainstream. This crossover anthem has since solidified his place in the drum & bass history books.

Whether its remixes for the likes of TC (which was nominated in the coveted Drum & Bass Arena Awards), Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Flux Pavillion, DJ Snake, Teddy Killerz and The Prototypes, or his effective approach to being a label owner, DJ and producer, Crissy Criss has managed to master an array of talents. He is a jack of all trades and this translates into his incredible output, something which has gained his respect throughout every corner of dance music, as well as further afield he has a discography encompassing D&B, Dubstep, House, Hip Hop and a UK Top 40 co-produced track with Shy FX for ‘Yasmin - On My Own’ . With more set to come, there’s no such thing as Crissy Criss’ ‘biggest year’. This is still a work in progress, an intimidating prospect even for the most hardened music professional. But since the beginning, Crissy has taken this in his stride.
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Albums

TECH 004 CD Crissy Criss - Give You The World album art Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Give You The World (Album) Technique Recordings TECH 004 CD UK 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HG 001 Cam (2) / Crissy Criss Cam (2) / Crissy Criss - My Heart / Hot Shots High Grade Music HG 001 UK 2004 Sell This Version
B2B 12083 Crissy Criss - Crunch / Playing On The Motorway album art Crissy Criss Crunch / Playing On The Motorway Back 2 Basics B2B 12083 UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Crissy Criss - Final Answer / Crunch album art Baron / Crissy Criss Baron / Crissy Criss - Final Answer / Crunch(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none UK 2004 Sell This Version
MNB 032 Crissy Criss - Us / Rat Patrol album art Crissy Criss Us / Rat Patrol Mix & Blen' MNB 032 UK 2007 Sell This Version
SR002 Crissy Criss - Don't Mess About / Soap Dodger album art Crissy Criss Don't Mess About / Soap Dodger(12") Sludge SR002 UK 2008 Sell This Version
PLV006 Crissy Criss - Kick Snare / Pimp Game album art Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Kick Snare / Pimp Game V Records (2) PLV006 UK 2009 Sell This Version
HEAVY010 Crissy Criss - Up & Down / Dirt Cluster / Original Fever album art Crissy Criss / Twisted (8) / The Faun Crissy Criss / Twisted (8) / The Faun - Up & Down / Dirt Cluster / Original Fever(12") Heavy Artillery HEAVY010 UK 2009 Sell This Version
TECH069 Crissy Criss - Turn It Up / Stop album art Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Turn It Up / Stop Technique Recordings TECH069 UK 2010 Sell This Version
TECH070 Crissy Criss - Give You The World Part 3 album art Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Give You The World Part 3 Technique Recordings TECH070 UK 2010 Sell This Version
PLV008 Crissy Criss - Take You Higher album art Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Take You Higher V Records (2) PLV008 UK 2010 Sell This Version
TERR006 Crissy Criss - Blow Your Head Off album art Crissy Criss Blow Your Head Off(12") Terrorhythm Recordings TERR006 UK 2010 Sell This Version
SR009 Crissy Criss - Line Of Fire / Murder Tune album art Crissy Criss Line Of Fire / Murder Tune(12") Sludge SR009 UK 2010 Sell This Version
TECH082 Crissy Criss - Let Go EP album art Crissy Criss Let Go EP(File, MP3, EP) Technique Recordings TECH082 UK 2012
TECH102 Crissy Criss - Trinity EP Vol. 1 album art Crissy Criss Trinity EP Vol. 1(File, MP3, EP) Technique Recordings TECH102 UK 2014
WOSX001 Crissy Criss - Airlock album art Erb N Dub, Crissy Criss & Malux Erb N Dub, Crissy Criss & Malux - Airlock(File, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX001 UK 2018
WOSX002 Crissy Criss - Need You Now album art Crissy Criss Need You Now(File, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX002 UK 2018
BR029 Crissy Criss - Shockwave album art Crissy Criss X Malux X Erb N Dub Crissy Criss X Malux X Erb N Dub - Shockwave(File, MP3, Single, 320) Bassrush Records (2) BR029 UK 2018
WOSX005 Crissy Criss - Launch album art Crissy Criss & Inja Crissy Criss & Inja - Launch(File, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX005 UK 2019
WOSX008 Crissy Criss - War On Silence album art Crissy Criss & Teddy Killerz, MC 2Shy Crissy Criss & Teddy Killerz, MC 2Shy - War On Silence(File, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX008 UK 2019
WOSX007 Crissy Criss - Rumble album art Crissy Criss & Heist Crissy Criss & Heist - Rumble(File, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX007 UK 2019
WOSX006 Crissy Criss - Malfunction album art Crissy Criss & Funtcase Crissy Criss & Funtcase - Malfunction(File, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX006 UK 2019
WOSX004 Crissy Criss - Real album art Crissy Criss & Wide Awake (3) Crissy Criss & Wide Awake (3) - Real(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX004 UK 2019
WOSX003 Crissy Criss - Right Now album art Crissy Criss Right Now(File, MP3, Single, 320) War On Silence WOSX003 UK 2019

Compilations

BCDP01 Crissy Criss - BC Dubplates Vol.1 album art Sam Binga, Enei, Crissy Criss, Sub Zero (16), DJ Limited (3) Sam Binga, Enei, Crissy Criss, Sub Zero (16), DJ Limited (3) - BC Dubplates Vol.1(12", Comp, TP, Dub) Not On Label BCDP01 Spain 2021 Sell This Version