“Chrissy is one of the best DJs to ever walk the earth and I am just going to keep saying it until everyone agrees with me.” — The Black Madonna
Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer with productions on esteemed labels like Classic, Freerange, Razor N Tape, Tugboat Edits, and Hypercolour. He co-runs The Nite Owl Diner label with Alex Burkat, and is a resident DJ at the legendary Chicago nightclub Smartbar.
“The hardest-working motherfucker in Chicago” — Stool Pigeon
Chrissy is also a well-regarded voice on dance music history—he ran the popular “My Year of Mixtapes” and “My Year of Edits” blogs, where he posted an original genre-focused DJ mixes and disco re-edits every week for a year. He also conducted interviews and wrote liner notes for the recent “Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997″ compilation for Strut Records.
“A virtual walking encyclopedia of the last 30 years of dance music” — XLR8R
In his previous incarnation as Chrissy Murderbot, he helped introduce the world to footwork music through his DJ gigs and releases on Planet Mu. He organized the first international tour of footwork dancers, and still runs the successful juke/footwork label Loose Squares.
“He provides a unique perspective as one of the earliest people to connect the dots, laying the groundwork for the explosion of interest in juke and footwork by the UK bass community and beyond.” — Resident Advisor
Chrissy & Hawley
Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer, known for releases on labels like Classic, Freerange, Planet Mu, and Hypercolour, his influential “My Year Of Mixtapes” blog, and his DJ residency at the legendary Chicago nightclub Smart Bar.
Hawley Shoffner is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter with a distinctive, immediately recognizable voice in the tradition of Karen O, Kathleen Hanna, or Siouxsie Sioux.
Though they’re both originally from Kansas, Chrissy & Hawley met in Chicago, and began working together on a debut album that unites their very different individual styles: emotional dance music with catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics in the tradition of Yazoo, Pet Shop Boys, Arthur Russell, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Larry Levan, and Patrick Cowley.
The duo have already won over many taste-makers, with The Black Madonna, Honey Soundsystem, Prince Rama, Skream, Soul Clap, and Avalon Emerson counting themselves among early supporters.
Chrissy & Hawley’s self-titled debut album comes out July 8 2016.