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Crisco (Chris Lynch) was born in Belfast with a rare genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. It’s commonly known for it’s primary symptom of extremely brittle bones, however as a soft tissue connective disorder, affects multiple systems, creating a range of issues. With approximately 80-90 fractures during his lifetime, Chris has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 10 and is adament to lead a full and independent life. From playing in some of Ibiza’s notorious and most prolific venues to single handedly staging The Northern Ireland Dance Music Awards which brought Faithless to Belfast in 2006, Chris is an ambitious, driven and passionate individual whose love for music has been with him from a young age. From playing in some of Ibiza’s notorious and most prolific venues to single handedly staging The Northern Ireland Dance Music Awards which brought Faithless to Belfast in 2006, Chris is an ambitious, driven and passionate individual whose love for music has been with him from a young age. “Music was something that I gravitated to from a very young age. From being ‘that kid’ at the front doing vocal solos in primary school to getting heavily involved in music and studying music into the senior years in Methody. Under the guidance of the late Billy Dunwoody (mentor to James Galway), I was classically trained as a flautist and had the opportunity during my school life to tour with the Irish National Youth Orchestra for two consecutive years. DJing for me started like many doing the traditional mobile DJ scene which I was at from the young age of 16. I quickly gravitated to dance and electronic with a love for artists like The Chemical Brothers, Ce Ce Peniston, The Brand New Heavies and more. I started getting involved in radio, initially hospital radio and then this progressed to several RSL stations across Belfast. The transition from commercial to dance was an easy one however and I took up the turntables in 1997 and was quickly DJing across bars and clubs across Northern Ireland. A year later, I was fortunate to land my first major gig in Ibiza in Bar M alongside Manumission resident Buff. The following three years were incredible, returning to the island for the summer months to play gigs across bars and clubs including Bar M – warming up for DJ’s such as Judge Jules / John Kelly and playing pre-parties for some of the huge institutions such as Cream and Godskitchen. During that time, I also was fortunate to play for Gatecrasher in Eden and played several gigs at Kanya. Getting steady work back home however was difficult and I decided that I would focus on the background aspects of the industry to use as leverage to accelerate my music career. What happened as a result, I could never have predicted as it completely took me in a different direction. In 2003, ClubLife was formed – a company that became one of the most recognised marketing brands within the industry in NI, servicing the biggest nightlife website in the country and incorporated marketing, events and the new look NI Dance Music Awards which previously had been started by the guys at PLM Promotions. Since my ClubLife era, a lot has changed. I’ve had the highs and lows of business but my love and interest in music has never faded. Since making the transition to the the saxophone, I’ve been working incorporating a live performance element which I plan to start rolling out later this year.saxophone. The reality of being a disabled DJ is not without its challenges however. My disability creates issues that I have to deal with every day which include partial deafness, extreme fatigue and of course, not being able to walk. For me though, I adapt, I do what I can to make it work and that’s all I have known from a very young age. For many of us though, music is a great escape. Hearing a track, whether it be old or new that stirs memories or creates new emotions is a powerful thing and can help on so many levels. I want that experience to resonate in everything that I do from the live sets and performances through to my production work. To strike that chord on any level with someone is ‘mission accomplished’ in my book.”