HOUSE music legend, all round nice guy, RAW FM music director Chris Fraser is coming to town to launch new album Raw 2012.
Released through Onelove Recordings, Chris is debuting his album (check out this mini-mix) at the Plantation Hotel this Friday night.
We were lucky enough to catch him between gigs for a quick chat.
So tell us, how did you get into DJing?
I actually started DJing at school socials when I was just 15, then started a radio station at my high school, then graduated to playing clubs at 17.
When I got into it, DJing wasn't actually a popular thing to do yet, and you didn't have all the ridiculous status and perks that come with doing it at a higher level these days.
Actually, we get treated so damn well now that sometimes it's embarrassing.
I mean really, I was only joking about there needing to be a midget serving sushi while riding a midget horse in my dressing room!
What gear did you start on, and what do you use now? Is there a massive difference, or did it feel like a really natural progression?
Oh hell yeah, there's a massive difference alright….I began my DJing career with two cassette decks, a belt drive turntable with no pitch control and a crappy home hifi amp (I didn't even have a mixer).
Now I use Traktor Scratch with a laptop, 3 CD players and a controller.
Having been through using vinyl, every incarnation of CD player and now to a combination of it all with a laptop with some very powerful software at the centre of things, it's a pretty exciting time to be playing music to be honest!
And the best bit is if I really need to run to the toilet, I can just leave a track on loop for 10 minutes.
It's amazing some people don't catch on that the song's still going, to be honest!
Where do you get your music?
In the digital age music has so many distribution channels it's hard to stay on top of sometimes.
Between Beatport, blogs, soundcloud, promo services, other producers hitting you up direct, kids handing you USBs in clubs, and the fact that my day job is working at a little dance label called Ministry of Sound, the hard bit is sifting through everything to get to the good stuff.
Having done this for a while though, you learn to make very quick judgments about what will and won't work.
Hopefully I get it right more often than not!
What's exciting in music at the moment, and exciting about DJing, for you?
DJing out in clubs is still a really exciting thing for me.
I really love the craft and can't see myself ever getting sick of it.
It's never felt as creative as it is now, the technology really makes anything you can imagine possible.
Want that acapella over the top of that record, with the main synth hook from that other record thrown in?
I can whip it up in 20 minutes in my hotel before the show.
Which is pretty bloody cool.
Musically, dance music's in a super exciting place right now too.
It's exploding in the states and a lot of the biggest producers in the world are making pretty amazing, incredible-sounding stuff.
What adventures are you having in LA?
I'm back now, but was in LA for a week working with one of our artists.
It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.