At just 22, Chris Taylor has already made quite a name for himself on the dance music scene at home in Harare and in South Africa too. He packs big venues and is fast approaching 5,000 Facebook fans – a huge number, and testament to his music, energy and skilful self-management and promotion.
Have a listen here!
We chatted to him in a quick-fire interview to find out more.
Tell us about yourself
I’m just a guy who loves music and entertaining people. I really hope to play at Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival one day!
What school did you go to?
St. Johns College, Zimbabwe.
How would you describe your music?
The music I make and play is mainly dance music, progressive house and electro!
Tell us about your creative process
I don’t really have one, I usually play everything by ear and go with the flow!
What/who inspires you?
My biggest influences are Avicii, Alesso, Swedish House Mafia and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
What equipment do you use to make your music?
I use an iMac with Logic Studio installed and Tannoy monitors; I also have a Focusrite sound card and Novation keyboard.
Where is your favourite place to gig?
My residency: The Side Show in CT.
Best gig ever?
One World Festival 2012/2013. I played from 9–10 on NYE in front of about 3,000 people.
Biggest gigging disaster?
Leaving my laptop charger at home.
Advice to people wanting to DJ?
If you’re not willing to give up everything, don’t even bother.
What is your 5-year plan?
Hopefully start playing on a more international scale and eventually play at Tomorrowland.
What do you like about Harare?
The weather is amazing and the people are also super friendly!
Where do you like to go when you’re home?
I love Domboshawa but in terms of venues, Amanzi and The Venue are awesome!
Have you DJ’d in H’town?
I’ve played at several venues in Zim including Dukez, H20 and The Underground.
What do you think the future holds for our city?
I believe Harare has great potential but the youth need to really work together to make it happen!
Tell us a joke
What’s brown and sticky? A stick.