Chris Coco – Melodica
Every Friday night, The Beat kicks off your weekend with the Friday Night Dance Party.
Early on, from 7PM – 10PM it’s all throwbacks and old school mixes keeping the Chicago style of DJ’ing alive and well for future generations.
After that, we turn it over to the newer house music styles brought to you by some of the biggest international names including this show.
Chris Coco’s Melodica, is a chilled out alternative early morning’s here on The Beat Chicago.
Chris Coco has been working as a DJ since the acid house explosion of the late 80s.
He has edited DJ magazine, worked for BBC Radio 1 on the after hours show The Blue Room. He has made artist albums for Warp and Distinctive Records. He has made compilations for Playboy, Ministry of Sound, EMI Classical and Trojan Records.
His music has appeared on many compilations including the big ones, Cafe Del Mar and Hotel Costes. His music has been featured Sex And The City, Nip Tuck, House and many other TV shows.
His music style has developed from those original house beginnings and draws on those years of experience. His club/festival/party sets are mainly proper house featuring the best of the current releases and a selection of classics with a little slo mo disco and a few eclectic surprises thrown in. His sunset/beach sets are more laid back and eclectic, and are also something special.
Key career moments:
2014 – Release of Coco Steel & Lovebomb – The Chillout Album an kind of homage to 90s chillout rooms and festivals. Tours of Japan and USA. DJ residencies at Bedroom Bar and Disappearing Dining Club in London.
2013 – Melodica wins Best Internet Radio award at International Radio Festival.
Melodica nominated for Best Radio or Podcast in DJmag Best of British Awards.
2012 – nominated in Chillout category for second year in a row in Ibiza DJ Awards. Released LP Freedom Street.
2009 – started Melodica, new radio show; made Feel Free Live Good album for Big Chill Recordings.
2008 – presented Live Work Music for Ministry of Sound Radio.
2005-2008 – presented Bank Holiday Chillout and music documentaries for BBC Radio 2.
2006 – DJ on Robbie Williams world tour at all 64 shows and DJ warm up sets at many dates including San Siro, Milan; Parc Des Princes, Paris and The Bowl, Milton Keynes.
2002-2006 – presented Blue Room on BBC Radio 1 legendary, much loved late night weekend show with Rob Da Bank.
1999 – the present – Freelance DJ and producer, DJing on every continent except Antarctica. Djing at all the major clubs in Ibiza; at many major festivals including Glastonbury, Roskilde, Big Chill, Bestival; on tours of Australia, Far East, USA and many other places.
Over the years, making compilations including Real Ibiza series, Solar Spectrums series, Blue Balearic, Dub Club, Chillin’ at the Playboy Mansion, Ministry of Sound Sessions, The Big Freeze and Acoustic Chill.
1990s – Editor of DJ Magazine pioneering dance music bible covering the club scene in its heyday.
1980s – DJ in Brighton, England pioneering early acid house scene, resident at Coco Club at Zap Club.
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