RS: How is the new radio talk show going?
Chris: Its going great. The Late Night Lock-In came about because my friend James, another DJ on CMP Radio had a presentation style similar to my own. Within weeks we had a website up at http://www.chrisandjamesonline.co.uk/ where fans of the show can get in touch and interact. Prior to the Lock-In, I had done a 4 times weekly Infective Mix Show on the station but decided to make that a monthly feature because I wanted to focus more on being a personality jock. I get a lot of enjoyment out of making people laugh and theres lots of comedy in our show. Sometimes quite near the knuckle as they say, but I seem to get away with it! James and I work incredibly well together, bouncing ideas back and forth whether its a comical or serious situation and weve both done FM radio before so it seemed like an opportunity not to miss out on in teaming up together for The Late Night Lock-In. Were actively looking to syndicate the show around the world, so if anybody fancies the idea of having an extremely upbeat funny entertaining show for their station, they should drop us a line.
RS: How much of it is scripted versus live?
Chris: 95% of each show we do is totally unplanned. I hate the whole idea of pre-planning shows. Even our playlist isnt planned, thats done on the fly! I cut out news stories from the tabloids during the week then bring them along to the studio and from there try to twist the story into something comical. The feedback from listeners during phone-ins is extremely positive. Most stories are crazy to begin with like the woman who claims she got pregnant from a fish-finger ? So I just add my own unique twist to the situation. James would fire back with a comment about what Id said and that would often lead to another funny situation. None of it is planned and Im not a radio fake at all. This is how I am away from the microphone, just a guy who likes making people chuckle (or should that be sick?) at my cheesy wit. The Late Night Lock-In is live from Manchester, England on CMP Radio every Sunday at 9pm UK time thats 4pm Eastern, 3pm CST, 2pm MST, 1pm PST etc..you can listen in at http://www.chrisandjamesonline.co.uk/ for more information.
RS: You are in the US right now working with people all over the place. How comfortable are you working in other peoples studios?
Chris: Yes I am. Right now I am in Stockton, California working on material for the album. I have used pretty much every type of recording equipment on the planet, so I find it easy to adjust to other peoples set-ups easily. Its interesting seeing just how different we all work actually. Some people prefer having thousands of dollars worth of outboard gear but I just dont bother with that system because its far too time consuming switching it on, setting up the mixing desk with the sound levels from the track you did several weeks ago and then making adjustments to the synth units in order to retrieve the sounds you used. I much prefer the PC approach as you just switch it on, load Reason and everything has been remembered from the last time you saved. Well thats my excuse for being lazy anyway?
RS: If you could work with any artist or producer who would it be?
Chris: I would love to work with Moony. I just adore her voice. Shes incredible. Im seriously thinking of trying to hook up with her, Id love that. The song Dove (Ill Be Loving You) almost reduced me to tears, the lyrics are phenomenal and those harmonies .oh my god!!! Additionally, I love Rozalla (Everybodys Free / Are You Ready To Fly etc). Those tracks got me freaking out during my rave days of the early 90s. Remarkably, they are still getting air-play to this very day! In New York recently, a good friend of mine hooked me up with Rozalla actually, and we are meeting in London soon to discuss the possibility of writing some material together for release as a single and for my album This is Infective.