What is your name?
Kris Snakes AKA Venum Sound
Where are you currently based?
You run a specialist reggae radio show bi-monthly on 1BTN radio broadcasting worldwide from Brighton in UK, how did this gig come about and how did you first start in radio?
I have been playing on the station since it was born in 2015 as 1 Brighton Fm community station. it has come a long way since then securing a FM licence and rebranding as 1BTN. My show used to called The Real Rock Reggae Show before it changed to The Venum Sound Show. It is my first time as a broadcaster and something that i have always wanted to do since i was a kid growing up listening to pirate radio shows in Essex and London.
What do you find most challenging and enjoyable about having your own radio show?
The hardest thing for me was talking on the microphone. i done a few shows with a MC on the mic in the early days but now i just do it all myself. I still find it really uncomfortable hearing my voice listening back to the recordings though. The most enjoyable thing is being able to play and spread music i love to the masses . It gives me a great buzz playing and promoting new music.
You have a monthly event/ residency called Rub a Dub Dub sessions at Boxpark Croydon in South London, how do you prepare for these shows?
Preparation is pretty much the same for all gigs by making sure all my playlists are fully loaded and up to date and a general idea of what tracks i am going to play and in what order. A lot of times i dont follow my playlists and just go with the flow , but it good to have them there to fall back onto.
What programs/equipment do you use when playing live and recording?
I stopped carrying my vinyl around a long time ago and now play on Serato. Sometimes i carry my Vestax VCI380 controller to gigs or use the CDJ’s or control vinyl. I always have a bunch of USB sticks in my bag for back up which i have saved the day on a few occasions when something has decided not to work.
How did you first get into music?
I was really into hip hop in the 1980s and jungle in the early 1990s before i became a reggae addict. The first record i remember buying was a 12” of Far Out by Sons Of a Loop Da Loop Era on Suburban Base records from Boogie times in Romford.
You have also been playing at various festivals across the UK including Parklife, Bestival ,Camp Bestival, House of Common festival and more including supporting David Rodigans Ram Jam events and club nights as a resident Dj/sound. What do you enjoy most about playing live and how has the scene changed over the years?
Pull ups and rewinds are best things ever invented .They are always a highlight of playing live and i love the energy they build. I really love making people dance and creating a vibe on the dancefloor – its what being a Dj is all about. Its such a blessing to have played at so many amazing night clubs and festivals and brushing shoulders with some of the worlds biggest DJ’s and performers. A big change i notice is how many more festivals and events are on and how much choice there is these days. Not that long ago there was only a handful of festivals on over the whole summer. we are spoilt for choice nowadays
What do you have planned for 2018?
All the usual shenanigans and to continue perfecting and building up the radio show. Also I have also been busy in the studio producing some tracks which will be dropping sometime in 2018 .
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Currently banging out the new Chopsticks Dubplates – Taqueria Mixtape. its fire
What or who influences your style?
Legendary soundsystems and selectors like David Rodigan & Rebel Sound & Mighty Crown & Stone Love & King Addies. Also really digging productions from Chopsticks Dubplates & Serum & Rukus at the moment. Have to mention Dj Randall & The Nextmen for their inspiration too
When and where are you playing next?
on 1BTN radio 2nd and 4th sunday every month
Boxpark in Croydon on the 1st Sunday every month
Chicken and rice.
place to hangout?
At home with my wife and 2 boys