Let’s be honest. Most people don’t start learning to deejay at age five. Most people don’t start playing out at age nine…especially on the same bill as Micky Finn, Andy C and GQ. Crissy Criss, however, isn’t most people. He was brought up in a household steeped in drum ‘n’ bass. For those who don’t know, his mother ran Ton Management, who handled the likes of Peshay, Nicky Blackmarket and Stevie Hyper D, and his stepfather is Mix ‘n’ Blend legend Kenny Ken.
Perhaps it was inevitable that Crissy would become one of the biggest names in bass-heavy music.
Those early ventures behind the decks stood him in good stead. He proved to be a quick learner, and appearances on Kool FM demonstrated his capabilities as a broadcaster as well as a rave-smashing selector. The BBC came calling and, after explosive guest spots on Radio 1’s The Residency, he was offered his own show on 1Xtra. This, of course, made Crissy Criss one of drum ‘n’ bass music’s most prominent ambassadors.
And he took his responsibility seriously. He helped push artists like Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Wilkinson, & Dimension into the spotlight during a period when drum ‘n’ bass was achieving unprecedented mainstream recognition. He also championed dubstep, bringing the likes of Flux Pavilion and Doctor P to a new audience. Constantly innovating with new features, earning accolades including a Sony nomination along the way, his tenure at the helm of one of the biggest DnB radio shows in the world lasted for over a decade.
But Crissy Criss is more than a deejay. More even than a broadcaster. As a producer, he’s released on some of the biggest labels in bass music. His huge 2010 album collaboration with Youngman, “Give You the World”, set the benchmark and he’s been progressing ever since. As one half of the cross-genre DeadExit, as boss of The Zoooo record label, and as an artist as well-respected in the dubstep scene as he is in DnB, Crissy Criss has never stopped pushing the boundaries.
With an eye-watering international touring schedule, often as part of an insane seven-deck back-to-back combo with Mampi Swift, and with a huge discography of releases and A-lister remixes, Crissy Criss is one of the true heavyweights of the scene. And if his history is anything to go by, there’s a lot more innovation yet to come.