Chris Read. A collector of hip hop, funk, soul, boogie and related beats and jazz based music since the late 80s, Chris came to prominence via his role as resident DJ and promoter of Music of Substance (one of the UK’s largest and longest running live hip hop events) and a two year spell as mix DJ on the BBC’s station for new black music, Radio 1Xtra.

In recent years Chris has acquired a cult following for his own unique brand of well thought out and deftly executed mixtape releases including 2008’s ‘The Diary’, downloaded tens of thousands of times and broadcast on national radio in 25 countries.

Chris is currently recording and performing with the BBC New Urban Music bursary award winning ‘Maylight’, a seven piece live act fusing jazz and electronics featuring the vocal talents of Lizzy Parks.

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