Biography of Vitreous
|Real name / ||Chris Buckridge|
Vitreous is the brainchild of Australian-born producer Chris Buckridge. Now based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, his work is the sum of years of musical experience, whether on stage or in the studio.
Having studied music from his early school years and played bass in various Brisbane bands over the course of the 90s, Chris eventually found his most significant success to date in My Ninja Lover. A three-piece live act and production crew, MNL also featured Manta Ray and Porl Deville, already know for the work in breakbeat outfit Zephyr Timbre. MNL’s short lifespan (2004-2006) was a blur of tours, live shows and awards for their mix of breaks, electro and drum’n’bass.
When the opportunity to relocate to Amsterdam presented itself at the end of 2006, however, the chance to see what evolution had in store was too great. Vitreous, originally envisaged as a label, became the vehicle for Chris’s solo production work, and the global shift unleashed a flood of inspiration.
Over the last two years, Chris has refined an idiosyncratic style that blends the best of the European minimal techno scene with the live, organic sounds and influences of his performing past. Throughout the Vitreous repertoire is an appreciation for subtle, evolving, addictive rhythms. This is on display with tracks like 'Basmati’, a slap bass-driven electro concoction, ‘Pellets’, a twisted deep house epic, and 'Guise', a nu-disco groove that was released in 2009 with remixes from Segue, Fromage Disco, Kris-Ko and Alex Ward. It has also seen him tapped for various remixes: ‘Forward’, by Canadian producer Timothy Allen, garnered DJ praise and plays in 2008, with 2009-2010 bringing further remixes for Kris-Ko and Fromage Disco, as well as the release of the Noord and GeoSync EPs, through New York label Plan B Recordings, and a collaborative release through Smash Bang Records with Brisbane producer Dave Dri, aka Segue.
2008 also saw Chris returning to performance, working with Ableton Live and mixing his own productions and remixes in sets up to 5 hours long around Amsterdam. 2009 should see opportunities to take the Vitreous sound to new audiences, in the Netherlands and beyond, and a slew of new tunes released on labels in Australia, the United States and Europe.