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Chris Fraser - In The Raw

Author: Darryn King
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Canberra DJ Chris Fraser started out in high school radio, going on to uni radio, community radio and even dabbling in a little triple j action. 3D’s Darryn King got live on air about Fraser’s first mix cd for raw fm.

This is something you mention in your bio: do you ever tell anyone that the suburb ‘Fraser’ was named after you- Does that help pull the ladies-
Haha, yeah there’s nothing like a distant family connection with a political edge to get those groupies all hot and bothered! Funnily enough though, the Fraser suburb in Canberra is actually named after my great uncle, who was a Labor politician, so I could try and get some mileage out of it.

Tell us about your history in radio – how did you get into it and how did you wind up at Raw FM-
After high school radio there was college radio, then uni radio, then I think they realised if they didn’t let me on community radio I’d eventually start my own station, and the community sector definitely didn’t need the competition. I ended up doing miÑ…es for the local commercial station, and even worked for Triple J and hosted MiÑ…up on and off for a while. Raw’s the first full time dance station that’s come to the ACT so naturally I had to get my grubby fingers in there too.

Over time, Raw FM has become a staple of the dance music scene - as someone with his own radio credentials from way back, what do you think is the winning formula that has made it so successful-
When I first heard it it was mostly playing happy hardcore and really bad trance, and I think it coming to Canberra helped because the scene there forced the station to head in a more ‘mature’ direction. Now it focuses more on upfront house, electro, tech, indie dance, breaks and sounds that reflect more where the club scene is at today. The network’s really growing, with Jindabyne and other areas coming online, so yeah it must have been a good move.

A Raw release is a long time overdue – why were you the best choice to mix the first Raw release- Don’t be modest now.

I’m pretty sure there’s no way to answer that question without sounding like the jock strap of the century. Maybe they realised I’d been playing for a while and hadn’t done a miÑ… CD yet, so I guess it’s a participation award or something.

So what can we expect from it-
There are quite a few new things on there, the latest Larry Tee (feat Princess Superstar), the new Ignition track, Surkin, Dub Pistols, Peter Gelderblom, Eyerer & Chopstick. There’s a new tune of mine on there (Whiplash) that I’ve just signed to System in the US, a bunch of remiÑ…es I’ve done over the last 12 months, and a few mashups with my own a cappellas. I’ve miÑ…ed disc one and disc two is more of the mainstream side of the station. Generally speaking it’s a light-hearted romp through the more interesting side of main room electro and house, with a few favourites thrown in. It was a lot of fun to put together and I hope it shows.

WHO: Chris Fraser
WHAT: Raw FM: The CD
WHEN: out now through Central Station/MRA