Chris Duckenfield

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Biography

  • Chris began his addiction to music at an early age. His parent's record collections and passion for music meant he was exposed to everything from Motown and Classical to Black Sabbath at home. As a teenager early Hip Hop and Electro became his obsessio..
    I’m 35, male, and live in Sheffield in the north of England (once famous for Steel and Electronic Pop). I was exposed to alot of different music as a kid, both my parents being fanatical about it - Motown/Stax etc (Mum) and everything from Bach to Black Sabbath (Dad). Luckily I grew up in a totally mixed neighbourhood (a shithole, in other words) and Hip Hop/Electro became a schoolyard and summer holiday obsession. After sneaking into a few clubs and house parties in the mid to late 80’s, not to mention religiously making epic ‘pause-button’ cassette compilations from the radio, I began hearing a totally new style of music and Djing - music which felt like the futuristic answer to the music I’d grown up on, I was hooked! And so it goes, despite being something of a dribbling participant in the biggest youth movement of the late 20th century, I actually must have learnt quite alot whilst staggering around the Hacienda, Kool Kat, Jive Turkey & Occasions in the late 80's. I now play other people’s records for a living, and make a few of my own. Once upon a time I studied English, with a view to becoming a teacher. I also studied - at great length - LSD, music and the art of the compilation tape (not necessarily at the same time). Eventually, music and LSD convinced me teaching was for overly hairy masochists with an unusual passion for corduroy. So it was with a sense of confusion, a small record collection and even smaller amount of talent that I became a DJ. In 1989 I got my first residency, along with DJ buddy at the time, Richard Benson. I learnt the art of making people dance, and putting records together ‘on the job’, having only had experience of one turntable and the pause button on a tape recorder prior to my debut gig. The crowd were very tolerant and enthusiastic about this learning curve (see, extremely high) we also had a very succesful pirate radio show. We played at a few raves for 12 - 15,000 people, for about 50 quid each - strange times and almost enough to put me off for life, but there was always the music, mountains and mountains of the stuff. So, I got a proper job in the WARP record store, at the time the creative centre for the UK’s most forward thinking artists. I even made a few records for them (as RAC) first on the Nucleus label and later on WARP proper, some of which were OK. It was through WARP that I met Richard Brown. We’re still occasionally working together to this day. We started a joint project called SWAG (due to the fact that we stole every loop and idea from other, far more talented people), since then we’ve done quite a few records, and even more remixes for other people, some of them are quite good. I also used to run a label called Odori and occasionally one called Primitive - We did some nice things with those as well, releasing our own curiously popular output as well as music from likeminded artists who choose to throw out the rule book in favour of more boundary pushing sounds. Recently I started a Digital only label in partnership with Belfast's JET PROJECT, called EXTENDED PLAY, you can find it on Beatport. Having been Djing for 15 odd years, I think I’ve just about got a handle on it. I spend ludicrous amounts of money on music, foresaking many material essentials such as settee’s, soap, and food in order to quench my thirst. I’m lucky enough to get booked to thundering cathedrals of rave like Fabric as well as such bastions of House Music as the Sub Club in Glasgow and Mad Racket in Sydney, not to mention temples of soulful sonic wizardry like The Electric Chair, Jigsaw Music and, well too many to mention here really, but you get the idea - All of which I love equally. Apart from all that I run my own little second hand record grocery DUCKBEATS RECORDS. This has the dual purpose of allowing me to offload the often quadruple copies of great records I pick up on my travels, and provides a few extra pennies to supplement my belligerently underground DJ existence. I DJ Most weekend’s and am loving it more than ever, meeting lovely people and entertaining are addictive in the extreme - I’m also still having enormous fun making & playing music, of whatever variety…..some of which you can hear on my website - chrisduckenfield.com, or better still in a club/stinky basement near you soon. Amen
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    Selected discography

    SWAG DISCOGRAPHY SWAG_DARK CORNERS (JUS TRAX) SWAG_DRUM HYDRAULICS (JUNIOR BOYS OWN) SWAG_CREATIVE BITING (JUS TRAX) SWAG_GROOVE SEEKERS ALLOWANCE (JUS TRAX) SWAG_JAZZ JUMPER (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_FELONY FUNK SAMPLER (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_FELONY FUNK LP (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_THE SOUNDWORKS (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_DIVERSIONS PART ONE (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_DIVERSIONS PART TWO (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_DIVERSIONS PART THREE (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_NO SUCH THING SAMPLER (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_NO SUCH THING LP (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_WHERE I BELONG REMIXES (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_VERSIONLIMITED 01 (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_VERSIONLIMITED 02 (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_VERSIONLIMITED 03 (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_VERSIONLIMITED 04 (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_GADGETS ONE (WEBSITE ONLY RELEASE) SWAG_MIXTAPE CLASSICS EP (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_REMIX TAPE CLASSICS (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_EVERYTHING I KNOW I LEARNT ON ACID_REMIXES (VERSION MUSIC) SWAG_HOT GLOVES (BATTLE) SWAG_RIOT IN LAGOS_UBIQUITY PRIMITIVE DISCOGRAPHY PRIM01_URGES ONE EP PRIM03_LAPIS LAZULI EP PRIM04_URGES TWO EP PRIM05_VERT PRIM06_TOOLS EDITION ONE PRIM07_URGES THREE PRIM08_TRANSLATIONS PRIM09_TOOLS EDITION TWO PRIM010_URGES FOUR PRIM011_DRUMPRINTS SAMPLER ONE PRIM012_DRUMPRINTS SAMPLER TWO POINT BLANK RELEASES POINT BLANK_A GAME OF TWO HALVES (PHONO) POINT BLANK_FRUG (PHONO) 1/2 INCH JACK RELEASES 1/2 INCH JACK_EP ONE_HALFINCH01 1/2 INCH JACK_THE CRASH_HALFINCH02 1/2 INCH JACK_FILTHY COW_HALFINCH03 DUCKBEATS RELEASES DUCKBEATS_UNTITLED EP_ODORI029 DUCKBEATS_MODERN HOUSE IS RUBBISH EP_ODORI035 DUCKBEATS_DUMBING UP EP_ODORI037 DUCKBEATS_DUMBYDAY_EXTENDED PLAY (DIGITAL) R E M I X O G R A P H Y DJ ASSASIN_JAZZ JOURNEY_PHONO TOKO_THE BIG PUSH_TOKO HERBERT_DEEPER_PHONO GREEN VELVET_LAND OF THE LOST_MUSICMAN HARDFLOOR_BEAVIS AT BAT_EYE Q OUTSIDER_PAIN IN MY BRAIN_JUS TRAX BOOKER T_GROOVE ME_JUNIOR MUZIQUE TROPIQUE_SHIPWRECKED_GLASGOW UNDERGROUND JIMI TENOR_TAKE ME BABY_WARP BEAUMONT HANNANT_THE ART OF STEALING_GPR MAAS_ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT_SOMA VIOLET_BURN THE ELASTIC_RADIO RHYTHM APPLEHEADZ _HOLD YOUR TURTLES _LOADED MOLOKO_FLIPSIDE_ECHO BLAZE_MY BEAT_TRUE BLAZE_LOVELEE DAE_PLAYHOUSE MATEO & MATOS_MAMA_GLASGOW UNDERGROUND IAN POOLEY_WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER_V2 CHIAPET_TICK TOCK_PHONOGRAPHY BJORK_ALARM CALL_ONE LITTLE INDIAN JIMI TENOR_YEAR OF THE APOCALYPSE_WARP JIMI TENOR_YEAR OF THE APOCALYPSE DUBS_WARP (UNRELEASED) THE RURALS_REEL TIME PIECE_REFRIED FRED EVERYTHING_REVOLUTION_2020VISION NATURAL RHYTHM_JIVE_EARTHTONES STEVE BUG_LOVERBOY_POKERFLAT BEANFIELD_THE SEASON_COMPOST GROOVE COLLECTIVE_EVERYTHING IS CHANGING_NAKED MUSIC SUMMERLAND_SOUL MATE_NAKED MUSIC TINY TRENDIES_THE SKY'S NOT CRYING_NUPHONIC BOBBY HUGHES_PIPER CHEROKEE_ULTIMATE DILLEMMA IAN POOLEY_CORACAO TAMBOR_V2 OSCAR_BRAZIL 2030_CLEARCUTS AT JAZZ_HARMONY_MANTIS 2ND SHIFT FEAT. CHEZ DAMIER_IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME_SEASONS SNOOZE_IT'S MORE EXPENSIVE FOR THAT_SSR OLAV BASOSKI_OPIUM SCUMBAGS_DEFECTED LEGO_EL RITMO DE VERDAD_AROMA GENTLEMAN THIEF_GENERATE LOVE_UNRELEASED DARK BOOGIE_COCO PARADISE_PRODUCT DELUXE WAGON COOKIN'_MOON STREAMS_ODORI SWAYZAK_BIG AL_ODORI AFROMYSTIK_UNIVERSAL RHYTHM_OM ATTABOY_NEW WORLD_TOKO AIRFROG_BON VOYAGE_R & S GLISSANDO BROTHERS FEAT. CLAIR DIETRICH_EVEN BETTER_STIR15 MO HORIZONS_SUPERWORLD_STEREO DELUXE MAN ATOM_TO THE KING_KANUTE SHUFFLE INC_REMEMBER CHICAGO_CLOCKWORK HI-LO_FEVERISH_MFF GAMAT 3000_LISTEN_DESSOUS KINOBE_BUTTERFLY_JIVE METRO AREA_PINA_CLASSIC SUNAGA T'EXPERIENCE_CHITOSE AIRPORT_FLOWER GROOVE ARMADA_MY FRIEND_JIVE SGNY_IN MY MIND_ODORI SEAN DIMITIRE feat TIM FULLER_SO HOT (SWAG REMIX)_ODORI SPACEBOYS_MOONSHRINE_NYLON UNLIKELY LADS_ 2 OF A KIND_2020VISION ELECTRIC SUEDEHEAD_MICKLEFIELD SKYLINE_ MIGHTY ATOM NILE_3 IN THE MORNING _SOME MAJOR LABEL P'TAAH_THE OLDEST STORY_UBIQUITY H FOUNDATION_NEW PHUNK THEORY_SOMA RALPH MYERZ _THINK TWICE_EMPEROR NORTON DUBBLE D_BLUNDER_2020VISION FREAKS_BLAM_WASHHOUSE BLACK SCIENCE ORCHESTRA_NEW JERSEY DEEP EDIT_JUNIOR YBU_SOUL MAGIC_HI-PHEN LISA SHAW_LET IT RIDE_NAKED MUSIC TRIANGLE ORCHESTRA_THE STRIP (SWAG DUB)_OUTERGAZE CYZ _MACAMBIRA_NYLON (UNRELEASED) FARLEY JACKMASTER FUNK_THE ACID LIFE (SWAG REMIXES)_SQUARE ROOTS FREAKS_YOU AINT HOUSE_WASH HOUSE INSTANT NOODLES_DECIBEL MAGIC (SWAG REMIX)_DIALECT LEO MENDEZ_LASAL_LOVEMONK TOSCA_HEIDI BRUEHL_G-STONE PATRICK TURNER feat ANGEL RED_STRANGE (SWAG DUB)_ODORI MAKO - LOST (SWAG REMIX)_FUTURE CLASSIC BAKAZOU_SNAKE HIP SHUFFLE (SWAG REMIX) DUCKBEATS REMIXES JESSE ROSE/SINDEN_ME MOBILE (DUCKBEATS RINGTONE RIDDIM DUB)_MADE TO PLAY FRANCESCO PICO & ROELL SAPPHIRE_THIS IS DA FUNK_ODORI LOUDEAST_MERMAID_ODORI LEE MORTIMER_MUSH (DUCKBEATS DUB)_ODORI DUBLEX INC_SLACK SOCIETY (SWAG & DUCKBEATS REMIXES)_SUGARCANE PRZTZ_NUTSDISCO (DUCKBEATS REMIXES)_DOTBLEEP DIZZIE RASCAL_FLEX_DUCKBEATS REMIXES (UNRELEASED)_XL JAHCOOZI_BLN (DUCBEATS SO-YO DUB)_K7 SMALL ARMS FIYA_SO EASY (DUCKBEATS SO-YO DUB)_UNRELEASED KLAUSHOUSE_DIS DAT (DUCKBEATS SO-YO DUB)_ODORI SUBHARMONICS_SNOWMAN (DUCKBEATS DUB)_LOUDEAST GHISLAIN POIRER_GO BALLISTIC (TODDLA T & DUCKBEATS REMIX)_NINJA TUNE TRICKY_COUNCIL ESTATE (TODDLA T & DUCKBEATS REMIX)_DOMINO SOLID STATE_BOOM (DUCKBEATS SO-YO DUB)_ALL OUT WAR SCOPER & BUBBA_I'M SATISFIED (DUCKBEATS SO-YO DUB)_ELEVATION JET PROJECT_SA PUNTA (DUCKBEATS REMIX)_EXTENDED PLAY DIGITAL