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Chris Widman




In a world where DJs are pigeonholed by genre, Chris Widman defies easy classification; His challenging and eclectic sets encompass a wide range of music from neo-latin rhythms to jazz-fueled breakbeats and driving drum & bass. By taking a conceptual approach to the art of DJing, Chris creates a musical experience that is truly holistic.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Chris' studies in percussion led to a natural interest in electronic music. Greatly influenced by DJs Ray Velasquez, Joc Max and Mix Master Morris, Chris began collecting records in the early 90s. In 1995 Chris co-founded FLUX with Henry Self, which revitalized the KC rave scene. The two brought their innovative sound to the airwaves in 1996, founding "Abstract Science" on 88.1FM KCOU. Throughout the years Chris (formerly known as Quest) has DJed and promoted countless events in the midwest, appearing with internationally recognized artists such as Terry Mullan, Kimball Collins, Ming & FS and The Orb.

A move in 2000 enabled Chris to bring "Abstract Science" to Chicago radio. Broadening the array of musical offerings, Chris and partner LSE select a wide spectrum of future music: from electro space bossa and breakbeat fusions to the deepest reaches of drum and bass, dubwise ambient and psychedelic jazz. Every Monday night, the radio show takes over Chicago's legendary Smartbar for Abstract Sessions, an eclectic showcase of unconventional DJs and up-and-coming live peformance acts. Chicago's UR Magazine recently voted Abstract Sessions the "best night for music" at the Smartbar.

"Abstract Science" airs every Thursday night from 10pm-2am (CST) on WLUW-Chicago, 88.7FM. Listen online via shoutcast at [].

Abstract Sessions takes place every Monday night at Chicago's Smartbar, beneath the Metro at 3730 N. Clark. Resident selectors LSE, Chris Widman, Warp and Anacron spin every week and host a myriad of guests who have included Fantastic Plastic Machine, Tim "Love" Lee, Scanner and Impossible Recording Machine.


musical style:

drum n' bass, breakstep, broken beat, techno jazz, dub, downtempo and more



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