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Chris Cowie is undoubtedly one of the most licensed and prolific DJ producers in the world dance scene, with an uncountable number of tracks on hundreds of compilations of all genres from Tec House compilations to some of the most groundbreaking Techno compilations. DJs from all genres of dance music have used his tracks on their mix CD’s. From Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, to Danny Tennaglia, Carl Cox, and Paul Oakenfold.
The diversity and appeal of Cowie’s music is obvious. He has recorded and released around 150 12" solo releases under many aliases during his career and continues to release quality productions on many labels. He has also collaborated on tracks with many Dj’s which has culminated to around 45 releases such as Percy X, Christopher Lawrence, Havanna, and DJ Lucca to name but a few.
Described as âThe Master Of funk Technoâ by Carl Cox, Cowie simply keeps pushing his own barriers when DJing or in the studio. There is no doubt that Chris Cowieâs ability to adapt and change to the ever changing dance scene is undoubtedly one of his strengths.
Now Chris has dropped all the aliases and exclusively DJs and produces under his own name, pushing his unique sound around the globe. He has performed across the world from Russia and China to Australia and the US. Cowie as a DJ has embraced the new technology available to forward thinking Dj’s.
He recently began integrating Ableton Live along with vinyl to perform his DJ sets. “I was tired of the linearity aspect of vinyl. What I do now with most tracks I play is edit and remix them which hopefully gives my set a more personal sound and is unique to me. Using Ableton live along with traditional turntables opens up a lot more creative doors to me than when I used vinyl only”
Ableton Live allows Cowie to instantly remix tracks on the fly while DJing thus creating a set which is unique to him. In a nutshell, Cowie is a definite must see!
Chris Cowie’s achievements are to much to mention here. Two of his solo albums, Chris Cowie ‘Best Behaviour’, and Vegas Soul ‘Pure’ were voted best albums of the year in many top UK magazines.
His ‘Pure’ Album came 6th place out of 100 in the Highly Acclaimed UK Dance MUZIK MAGAZINE Awards. This album was only beaten by huge acts such as ‘The Chemical Brothers’ "Underworld’ “Leftfield”, Daft Punk and ‘Moby’.
He was also nominated for the highly prized BBC Radio One Essential Mix of the year along with 5 other DJ’s . “I didn’t win, the honors went to a joint back to back Dj set with Sasha and Darren Emmerson which is hard tag team to beat. But I was very happy to be nominated”
Cowieâs music speaks for itself but lets hear what some of his peers have to say.
“Without Chris Cowie, I wouldn’t sound half as good as I do. He is pure genius” – Danny Tenaglia
“Cowie is the master of Funk Techno” – Carl Cox
“Definitely Funky As Hell” – Laurent Garnier
“Cowie’s Best Behavior Album Is A Classic must have” – Ministry Of Sound Magazine