Crissy Criss

Crissy Criss

Real Name:
Christopher Williamson
Profile:
One of Drum and Bass’ most important ambassadors, Crissy Criss has become an established force both in the studio and the DJ booth. A versatile leader for the genre as a whole, Crissy is now a household name in broadcasting, DJing and production across the globe.

The DJ
Hailing from Leytonstone, Crissy Criss was constantly exposed to pioneers of the primordial Drum and Bass scene, and given the best start possible for a certified D&B selector. Given his first pair of decks at five by his step father Kenny Ken, Crissy’s mum was also the founder of the DJ Agency Ton Management. Home to the likes of Kenny Ken, Nicky Blackmarket, DJ Rap, Ratpack, EZ Rollers, Peshay and Stevie Hyper D, the musical environment was a huge influence for a young DJ - and proved instrumental in his later career. After hanging round with Drum and Bass’ brightest lights, it was no surprise that Crissy soon became interested in following the Drum and Bass heroes he admired.

Crissy’s first gigs were played to an empty room, sneaking into Kenny Ken’s studio when he wasn’t home - but it was at the tender age of barely nine that his career began its meteoric ascent. After months of dedicated practise and lots of broken turntable needles, Crissy's first gig as a DJ came without warning - at an empty Festival at The Essex Show ground. A last minute replacement for Kenny Ken, Crissy ended up playing alongside the likes of Andy C and GQ - names he would regularly be associated with in the future. Four years later aged 13, Crissy had his first ever DJ booking. Handpicked by the mighty DJ Zinc, Crissy warmed up the legendary ‘End’ club for a line up that included Mampi Swift, Bad Company and Andy C. In 2001, Crissy also began playing abroad - solidifying his position as an international top DnB DJ. Since then, Crissy Criss has continued to be a force behind the decks, smashing crowds worldwide - every weekend.

The Broadcaster
As well as delighting crowds in live events, Crissy began to use his ear to play the best tunes on the airwaves. Getting his first break on the legendary Kool FM at 10 years old, Crissy took his first steps to becoming one of DnB’s most important broadcasters. Regularly playing with Logan D at the age of 15, Crissy soon graduated from Kool FM, stepping up to BBC’s national Radio 1. The youngest DJ presenter to ever grace the BBC’s flagship station, Crissy Criss first started on 'The Residency’, An idea championed by Pete Tong. the Residency saw the likes of Eddie Halliwell, Nic Fanciulli & Kutski share a weekly radio slot. After three years, Radio 1Xtra bosses realised what the likes of Kenny Ken and Kool FM already knew, and gave Crissy his own permanent show in 2007.

Since then Crissy Criss has flown the flag for Drum and Bass on the BBC, with his weekly Radio 1Xtra show delighting listeners for a total of ten years. Breaking new artists on the biggest stage, Crissy Criss helped kick start the careers the likes of Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Wilkinson, Flux Pavillion, Doctor P, FuntCase, Metrik, Mind Vortex, Fred V & Grafix, SPY, Dimension and many more become iconic names 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’ documentary.

Injecting new energy into Drum and Bass, Crissy Criss showed D&B in a new light, with popular features such as ‘I’m An MC Get Me Out Of Here’ and ‘Evolution of Drum&Bass’ appealing to bass veterans and newcomers alike. The epitome of Crissy's work for the genre, Radio 1Xtra’s recent ‘D&B Soundclash' drew in more listeners than ever, pitting established labels against each other in a celebration of bass music's rich diversity.

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.

The Producer
Like many DJ’s, Crissy Criss soon caught the producing bug. Beginning his beat making with the Back2Basics label in 2004. It wasn’t long before Crissy soon found a home at Drumsound and Bassline Smith’s Technique Recordings. Regularly releasing his own tracks from 2010, including the huge 'Give You The World’ album with Youngman, releases on a multitude of labels soon followed. As well as signing his own tunes to the likes of the legendary V Recordings, Crissy also found time to launch his own imprint: The Zoooo Records - a label which has helped break a new wave of electronic artists. As one half of experimental bass music project DeadExit, Crissy has also remixed the likes of Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Deekline, DubFX, Krafty Kuts, FuntCase, Cookie Monsta, Dems, DDoubleE and Elicit, as well as appearing on Doctor P & Flux Pavilion’s flagship label Circus Records and Datsik’s: FirePower imprint.
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Crissy Criss Discography

Albums

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

Singles & EPs

Crissy Criss Crunch / Playing On The Motorway Back 2 Basics UK 2004 Sell This Version
Cam (2) / Crissy Criss Cam (2) / Crissy Criss - My Heart / Hot Shots High Grade Music UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Baron / Crissy Criss Baron / Crissy Criss - Final Answer / Crunch(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none UK 2004 Sell This Version
Crissy Criss Us / Rat Patrol Mix & Blen' UK 2007 Sell This Version
SR002 Crissy Criss Don't Mess About / Soap Dodger(12") Sludge SR002 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Kick Snare / Pimp Game V Records (2) UK 2009 Sell This Version
HEAVY010 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
Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Give You The World Part 3 Technique Recordings UK 2010 Sell This Version
Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Take You Higher V Records (2) UK 2010 Sell This Version
Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Turn It Up / Stop Technique Recordings UK 2010 Sell This Version
TERR006 Crissy Criss Blow Your Head Off(12") Terrorhythm Recordings TERR006 UK 2010 Sell This Version
SR009 Crissy Criss Line Of Fire / Murder Tune(12") Sludge SR009 UK 2010 Sell This Version
TECH082 Crissy Criss Let Go EP(File, MP3, EP) Technique Recordings TECH082 UK 2012
TECH102 Crissy Criss Trinity EP Vol. 1(File, MP3, EP) Technique Recordings TECH102 UK 2014

Miscellaneous

TECH072DD Crissy Criss & Youngman* Crissy Criss & Youngman* - Give You The World (The Remixes)(4xFile, MP3, 320) Technique Recordings TECH072DD UK 2010
TECH079 Crissy Criss More Than Ever EP(4xFile, MP3, 320) Technique Recordings TECH079 UK 2011
MMRVIP002 Crissy Criss X Wide Awake (3) Crissy Criss X Wide Awake (3) - Light You Up(File, MP3, 320) Machine Made Records VIP MMRVIP002 2016

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forgottentea

forgottentea

April 7, 2014
Look lets be real. This guy is not that great.

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