Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris presents the Old Skool Party every Friday evening from 6pm and The Friday Night Mixup on Friday Night / Saturday morning from 12 midnight.

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Dublin (the posh bit, I swear) but I’ve lived in Carlow since is was 14ish..

2. What do you do at Beat? Your typical day…
I do a few different things actually, mainly on air. I present the weekly Old Skool Party. I also host the Friday Night Mixup each Friday Night / Saturday Morning and you’ll also hear me on the daytime shows filling in from time to time. I help out with some station production too so a typical day you ask? HAH! You’re funny…

3. What does your perfect day look like?
Well, when I’m not in Beat, I’m either behind a set of decks somewhere, or in my own studio in Carlow, either making my own music (which by the way you can check out on my website – get the shameless plug in there thaaaaank you) or working with other producers or even bands or musicians, so a perfect day starts when everything in the studio works as its supposed to! This perfect day continues with a productive outcome to the efforts and winds down with a chat and a cup of tea with the nearest and dearest.

4. How would your friends describe you?
In an attempt to be thorough on this one, I actually asked a friend to answer this. His response was as follows’ Chris is a powerhouse whirlwind. He has no limits and takes no prisoners’. What does that mean you ask? Not a single clue do I have, but to be fair he’s also a nerd..and he’s fond of buzz words, apparently.

5. Recommend one place in the South East that, to you, is a ‘must-see’.
Depends on what you’re after I guess. Scenery and a nice aul day out? You cant go too far wrong heading to St. Mullins in South Carlow, it’s a gem. Leighlinbridge is nice too. Passage East in Waterford is like the village time forgot, has to be visited! Also, there’s a secret hidden waterfall in Killeshin Forest in Carlow. Really cool if you’re up for a hike. Sorry, I know you said one, but I chose to ignore that part…

6. Where is the most memorable place you have travelled to in the world and why?
I played in an Ice Club in Rejkyavic in Iceland a few years ago. That was mental to say the least.. Sydney and Miami are also highlights.

7. Tell us one thing that might surprise us about you.
Alright, well the one that usually gets an eye squint, a head tilt and a high pitched ‘reeeeeeeeaaaaaally’ is that I play the Cello – have done since I was about 7 or 8. Used to play in an orchestra and all. I know, right?

8. If you were a superhero, what special powers would you have?
I dunno… as someone in a movie sometime once said.. (as you can see I’m great with movie references) ‘With great power comes great responsibility’
Having said that, teleportation would be seriously handy! That and the ability to hear up to 100KHZ. Worlds greatest audio engineer! (one for fellow nerds there…. you’re welcome!)

9. Who is your favourite music artist (band or solo) and why?
I always find it really hard to answer this question but Queen would have to be up there. Bohemian Rhapsody is a masterpiece. Also, It feels wrong to answer that question and not mention Carl Cox. The man’s a genius! Are you getting a sense for the scope of my musical taste here? Good.

10. Name that one track everyone should listen to……
UGH, this one is even harder. Ok the first one that came to mind (but not necessarily my ABSOLUTE favourite, but it’s up there) is the Hardfloor Remix of More Kante’s Yeke Yeke. I play it regularly on the show, and for any aspiring dance music producers out there, it’s a textbook example of how to create an effective build with vocals, one of the most difficult things to do production wise IMO. Also the Eiven Major remix of P****ground by Corvin Dalek is a beast, i’ve been championing that for years!