Chris Metcalfe Interview
Chris Metcalfe is part of a wave of talented young British DJ/Producers who have been making a big name for themselves within the Trance scene. A firm favourite with Subculture boss John O’Callaghan , Chris has toured places such as Australia, Asia and South America as well as released tracks on labels such as Armada, Subculture and Future Sound of Egypt.
On the 16th May he will make his Trance Sanctuary debut alongside Jorn van Deynhoven, Scott Bond and Dennis Sheperd at Egg London. However that’s not all, Chris will also play a very special ‘Best of Subculture’ set at the After Party.
So we decided to get to know a little bit more about the man from Yarm.
Hi Chris, what are the first three words that come to your mind when you think of trance music?
Feel good music
How did your trance journey start?
It started properly when I was around 16 years old. I was a glass collector at Club M, Tall Trees (UK’s biggest club at the time) and Week in week out I was getting to see world class DJ’s when they were in their peak like Mauro Picotto, Fergie, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Judge Jules ect. I instantly got hooked.
What would you say was the turning point in your career?
My debut track ‘First Encounter’ getting personally signed by Armin van Buuren to Armada was a massive turning point for me and it’s something that I won’t ever forget.
What is your advice for young trance producers and DJs out there?
Never give up no matter how hard it gets.
Your latest track, ‘Winter Sun’, is currently out now to buy at Beatport. Could you tell us more about your collaboration with Jo Cartwright?
This was my debut vocal track and I worked with Raz Nitzan recordings with this one. I sent an instrumental to the label but I never got told who the vocalist was until the vocal was finished. When I heard it for the first time though I loved it, Jo Cartwright did a great job, I think she’s one to watch out for.
Are you working on any new tracks right now?
I’ve got lots on the go, a new vocal remix for Andy Moor which is going be the 100th release on his label AVA. Another is a new original called ‘Zero Gravity’ which is coming out on Digital Society Recordings next month. I’m also working on another vocal track which I am really excited about with a very talented vocalist as well as 2 collabs, one with Ram and the other with Allen Watts.
Where do you see trance music in 20 years’ time?
Hopefully even bigger than what it is now, trance is in a really great place at the moment, it will be good to see it keep building
Away from the decks and the studio, what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to go away, I'm a big fan of travelling as I love to see new places. I also enjoy the usual stuff like going out with my mates to the pub ect
Us DJs tend to see weird and wonderful things on the dance floors – What is the strangest thing you have ever seen while DJing?
I played at a Farm party a few years back which was nuts, very random seeing Cows and Chickens in a field next door while everyone is raving
Beer or Cocktail?
Depends on where I am, I'm actually in Bahrain at the moment round the pool with a beer
What are you most looking forward to about your set at Trance Sanctuary and what should the crowd expect from your set at the Egg on the 16th May?
I have heard so many amazing reviews about Trance Sanctuary from my friends that have played there and also reviews from clubbers saying it's one of the best nights in the UK so I really can't wait. Expect proper Trance and no commercial shite haha.
Thanks Chris, we look forward to seeing you on the 16th May.
Interview by Anca Voinea & Tristan C