Known for his innovative bootleg remixes that ignited the dance music scene, Chris Lake has continuously pushed the boundaries of electronic music throughout his career. In 2002, under the alias Cristophe D’Abuc, Lake gained recognition for his reimagined versions of iconic tracks like the Prodigy’s “Climbatize,” Leftfield’s “Phat Planet,” and Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.”
Lake’s breakthrough came in 2006 with the release of “Changes,” featuring Laura V, which made its way to the UK Singles Chart, reaching an impressive number 27. The track’s success earned it a worldwide release by Universal Music and subsequently climbed to number 10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart. The following year, his collaboration with Emma Hewitt on “Carry Me Away” soared to the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart, solidifying Lake’s status as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
Tracklisting from episode 1074 of SoulGood with Bill Fragos, Exacta and special guest Chris Lake below.
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In 2012, Lake received his first Grammy nomination for his collaboration with deadmau5 on the critically acclaimed album “4×4=12.” Continuing his chart-topping streak, Lake achieved his third consecutive top-ten hit on the US dance chart with “Only One.” The infectious groove of “If You Knew,” featuring Nastala, marked his fourth consecutive top-ten single on the US dance chart. During this period, Lake also showcased his entrepreneurial spirit by founding and overseeing two record labels, Rising Music and Rising Trax.
In 2015, Lake embarked on a new musical direction, releasing a series of tracks on Ultra Records that showcased his ability to craft compelling and stripped-down productions. Singles like “Chest,” “Piano Hand” (a collaboration with Chris Lorenzo), and “Stomper” (featuring Anna Lunoe) garnered widespread acclaim, with each track highlighting Lake’s prowess in simplifying his production while letting essential elements shine. With the release of “Stranger,” Lake’s music resonated across major festivals throughout the US, cementing his reputation as a crowd favorite.
2016 witnessed Lake’s mastery of remixes, with his versions of Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand,” Craig David’s “Nothing Like This,” and Missy Elliot’s “WTF (Where They From)” captivating audiences worldwide. The following year, Lake made a significant impact by releasing “Operator” and launching his very own music label, Black Book Records. Furthermore, he curated the highly acclaimed HOWSLA compilation for OWSLA alongside Skrillex, a project that dominated the iTunes electronic chart and showcased his hit single “I Want You,” receiving immense support within the club circuit.
Continuing to captivate audiences with his energetic performances, Lake was announced as one of the headliners for the prestigious Indy 500 Snake Pit in 2019, alongside the likes of Skrillex, Alesso, and Illenium. This invitation affirmed his status among a roster of electronic music’s biggest names, further solidifying his influence within the industry.
Chris Lake’s ever-evolving sound and fearless exploration of different genres have established him as a trailblazer in the world of dance music. With each remix and original production, Lake continues to leave an indelible mark, captivating audiences with his infectious beats and innovative approach. As he continues to break barriers and challenge conventions, Chris Lake remains an artist at the forefront of shaping the dance music landscape.