Chris Bangs

Rare groove, acid jazz, hip house, Talking Loud and the balearic beat… these were all influential sounds, scenes and styles that went off with a Bangs!…

No doubt about it, Chris Bangs has been a pioneering and inspirational figure in the British underground dance scene of the 1980‘s and 1990’s, helping to light up the burgeoning black music dance scene.

Bangsy became associated with many celebrated events from The Special Branch, Cock Happy and Doo’s At The Zoo, to his own Bournemouth Bank Holiday sessions plus the Caister, PrestatynRockley Sands Weekenders and even the original Corfu and Ibiza ‘Summers of Love’.

Towards the end of the 1980s Chris rose to be one of the UK’s biggest musical trend-setters with the invention of Acid Jazz genre and being responsible for many early recordings on Eddie Piller’s Acid Jazz label and Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud, he also produced Galliano‘s celebrated debut album.

Chris’ international success enabled him to set up his own studio and production company, Thin Air and his talents were soon spotted outside of the acid jazz scene with Paul Weller utilising Bangsy’s production skills. This liaison led to a partnership with Weller’s former Style Council member Mick Talbot as SoundscapeUK, one of a whole range of projects marked by the Bangsy stamp that have secured commercial and critical acclaim around the globe.

Today, Chris can still be found in his studio surrounded by his records and a host of musical collaborators, so don’t be surprised if he’s too busy to talk. He graced the field of dreams at Summer Soulstice in the earlier days to deliver some ‘all killers, no fillers’ sets!

Chris Bangs and Gilo at Summer Soulstice 2010.
Photo by Paul Welch © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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