Chris Wildr is a local progressive and melodic house DJ who has established himself as a fixture on the Seattle scene, hosting multiple residencies and performing in a variety of venues throughout the city’s musical history.
During his career he has provided direct support to some of the biggest names in dance music such as Gabriel & Dresden, Hernan Cattaneo, Sultan & Shepard, Jeremy Olander, Jaytech and Roger Sanchez. Suffice to say that his roots in the local scene are deep.
Like an artist’s journey, Chris Wildr has rebranded himself into something that can cross genres. When he started he played trance and progressive under the alias Chronus before slowly transitioning into tech house and house music. He stepped away from DJing to focus on other aspects of his life, but the passion for the job set him back.
He took advantage of the pandemic to rebrand himself, creating a Twitch stream you can tune into here and spawning a new alias: Chris Wildr.
Chris Wildr learned to beat the match on vinyl and prides himself on his technical mixing skills, as evidenced by his smooth, fluid, harmonic mixing and transitions that keep the listener intrigued and curious. We’ve seen him a few times and he’s incredibly tight when he’s behind the stand. He is also proud of his role as an opener.
“I really see this as a challenge. It takes a lot of planning because you really have to consider who the artist is, what their sound is like and how much I’m going to build,” he told Dance Music Northwest. “But you also have to find a way to build that takes the club from zero to full. I’m in charge of creating that vibe, but not dominating the headliner to give them room on the ceiling to take it to the next level. I have really enjoyed these challenges over the years.
Lately, he’s had more opportunities as a close relative. During this transition, he developed a thirst for experience and his focus shifted to the mindset of a closer, his recent experiences creating for himself fundamental memories of the dance floor. who reinvigorated and reinvigorated his passion for the craft.
Chris Wildr continues his growth as an artist by ironically performing less. But in doing so, he is able to focus on helping uplift newer/younger DJs who have entered his circle. And what better way to give visibility to these DJs than by creating an event that can showcase their talents? This is one of the great benefits of having an event production company.
Dazed is an event production created by friends and local DJs Eliogold, Chris Wildr and Interwave Surfer. This Saturday August 6th from 10pm to 10am (yes you read that right), Dazed and De La Creme will present Pixel, a 12 hour variation of their monthly Soft Option event, held on the first Saturday of every month.
The theme is pixelated graphics associated with Alice in Wonderland. The headliner will be All Day I Dream and Innervisions artist Jon Charnis. Tickets can be purchased here!
The idea for Dazed was brought to Seattle by Eliogold, who ran an event production company of the same name Dazed & Confused. The trio wanted to combine their different musical backgrounds and interests to create events based on underground house and techno, as well as create something positive for Seattle nightlife. The concept of Dazed stems from a concept as simple as it is beautiful: having a fun group of friends who like to dance together and listen to music.
“Some of us have been friends for a long time, and some of us don’t know each other,” Wildr described. “Anyway, it was an organic growth from a group of people who regularly went to various events and turned into a core group of friends. We always emphasized the importance of creating a sense of community.
These friends even became team members and helped promote Dazed events. Wanting to address the old school aspects of the scene, Dazed branched out into physically promoting their events. You can even catch them outside of clubs handing out physical flyers, a refreshing thing to see in a crowded digital marketing world.
Dazed is not just an event production concept, but a strong, safe and welcoming community on the Seattle scene that is still in its infancy. We can’t wait to see more from Chris Wildr and the Dazed crew.
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