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Chris Mahood Mixes Business With Pleasure As An Internet Radio DJ

A Co Down man has been living his dreams for six months after being selected as resident DJ for an online radio station.

Chris Mahood only bought his first set of turntables a year ago, but since deciding to pursue his love of music, he’s come a long way.

“I’ve always loved music and had a passion for it, so when the pandemic hit and everything was on hold, I thought I’d buy myself a set of turntables just to have something to experience” , said the Annalong man.

“I actually figured it out pretty quickly and now have regular slots on a global radio station.”

At 24, Chris suffered a severe stroke triggered by a brain aneurysm that made it difficult for him to use his left hand, but he refused that it would stop him from living life to the fullest.

“It’s not an easy thing to accept at any age. It could have happened to me when I was one or 101 years old. It happened that day was the day,” he said.

“But anyone who knows me knows I can be stubborn. Everything life throws at me, I’m just gonna throw it away.

“I was determined to continue living my life after my stroke.”

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QUICK LEARN: Chris Mahood only bought his first set of decks a year ago

QUICK LEARN: Chris Mahood only bought his first set of decks a year ago

Chris has been the leader of the South Down Stroke Association Group for seven years. He also volunteers at a charity shop as well as DJs for Love or Hate Radio, which is based in England but broadcast worldwide.

“After my stroke, I kept doing what I loved – going to clubs and going to concerts and festivals,” he said.

“I’ve been teaching myself to use the turntables for a year, but I’ve loved it for 30 years, and a whole variety of genres too, not just dance.

“When the lockdown hit I thought ‘I might as well give it a try’ and it seems to have taken off.”

Chris has a regular Tuesday night slot but also fills the whole week at the station, which was set up in October last year near the start of the first lockdown.

The station is thriving with DJs and listeners from countries including Canada, Turkey, Argentina and now Northern Ireland.

Chris, who broadcasts as DJ Crix, said that although he was largely self-taught, he brought his passion and knowledge to the role.

“Tuesday and Thursday nights are dance, house, drum and bass or techno,” he added.

“Friday could be trance, EDM or hard house depending on my mood, or sometimes I even go very specific and do Italian house.

“Some weeks I could DJ up to six days a week. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite musical genre. I like all kinds, so it helps me choose my mixes.

Chris learned the ropes by watching YouTube videos during lockdown, but he also asked his cousin DJ for advice.

“From there, I made my own way of mixing and adapting it to my style – and all with one hand,” he joked.

“I use software called Virtual DJ and I am allowed to use any controller in the country with the software I use.

“I’m also learning how to match tones and beat tones to help me improve my mixes.

“I want to keep learning and improving. I think even in the last few months I’ve learned a lot and improved a lot, so I want to keep going.

“I’m new to this, but you have to start somewhere.

“I want to show others that having a stroke or a disability shouldn’t stop you from chasing your dreams and doing what you love.”

Chris releases a special mix every week. Listen to the latest or its back catalog at the link www.mixcloud.com/christopher-mahood or https://loveorhateradio.com