Biography of Airplays
|Real name / ||Chris Hewitt|
Airplays has been DJing since back in 1999 when DJs used vinyl and mixtapes were on cassette.
Chris’ love of dance music started in his early teens when he was first exposed to 808 State and The Prodigy while zooming around roller discos. Stolen jungle mixtapes, Fatboy Slim’s seminal mix “On The Floor At The Boutique” and the freedom to play what you wanted, how you wanted, that came with the Big Beat movement were the groundings for his DJ style.
It was a chance meeting with Freq Nasty’s “Move Back” in Ambient Soho that kicked off the vinyl buying and Breakbeat, with it’s perfect mix of all the sounds he was feeling, became home.
Throughout his time at University in Leeds he continued to explore all that Breakbeat had to offer but as the Breaks dried up and upon starting his radio show, Act Now, things became more diverse. The sounds that he’d been feeling over the years that didn’t fit the archetypal breaks mould started to fill his sets and could be heard on the floor at Audio Visual night Look & Listen.
Since returning to The South and moving to Hackney, Chris has worked hard to push his radio show to new limits. He relaunched the Act Now show at the beginning of 2010 and has had the pleasure of featuring guest mixes from Gyre, Cake Boy & DJ Dub with forthcoming mixes from Gella, Bump and Data. The show has a band of loyal listeners and an ever-growing fan base. Act Now is hosted by PF Radio offshoot Motion Radio, Brap.FM and Itunes.
Chris Airplays is also a visual artist and graphic designer with a range of T-Shirts available from his own clothing label Zealot and a new label, The Diggers, on the way. He has also designed for theneedfortees.com who specialised in T-Shirts for DJs and Labels.
His design skills are regularly employed for club nights around the country and he has just been commissioned to create sleeve art for up-and-coming dubstep producer Gravity.
He has exhibited at The Underdog Art Co. on the Old Kent Road. His Art School Wanks sticker has been the catalyst for a MC Abdominal freestyle and has appeared in the book London Street Art 2.