Big Chris Flores
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Big Chris Flores
|Birth name||Chris Trinidad Flores|
|Born||August 31, 1970|
Newport Beach, California, United States
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, producer, audio engineer|
|Associated acts||Slash, Cedric the Entertainer,|
Big Chris Flores (born Chris Trinidad Flores; August 31, 1970) is an American Mexican record producer and sound engineer. He first began his music production career in 1999, and in 2002, he founded Moodswing Records. Over the years, Big Chris has been producing music for people such as; Slash, Fergie, K-Ci & JoJo, Layzie Bone, KRS-One, C-Bo, Bun B, Trill OG, Lil Zane, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
Early life & career
(Big) Chris Trinidad Flores was born on August 31, 1970 into a family of musicians. His father, Antonio Flores, was a jazz guitarist and singer. His Uncles, Kiko and Carlos Flores, were also in a pop/country band, which played in Hotels and night clubs all around Cancun Mexico. Big Chris moved to Cancun Mexico in 1987, where his older brother, Mike Flores, played a key role in Big Chris' early music career; which began in the Cancun Rocks night club. Soon after that, Big Chris became a prominent musician in the Cancun club/hotel scene; one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. Big Chris's first band, 50/50, was the house band for very popular night clubs and hotels, such as Tequila Boom, Tequlia Rock, the Sheraton Hotel and Oasis Hotel. At the same time, Big Chris was the guitarist and a singer for another band called Azteca, where he played reggae, cumbia, salsa and rock on a party boat called The Sun Tour every morning, six days a week.
In 1992, Big Chris Flores was arrested and deported back to California for working in Mexico without papers. Upon his arrival to California, he almost immediately began his musical education at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. He studied guitar there for two years, and obtained an associate degree in commercial music. Upon completion of his guitar education, he went on to study sound engineering for a year at the University of Musicians' recording institute.
Upon completion of his recording education in 1995, Big Chris went on to become an assistant engineer at Brandon's Way Recording Studio; which is Kenneth "Baby Face" Edmunds private recording studio. Here, Big Chris assisted on a number of recording projects; among them, Babyface, En Vogue, Boyz II Men, Kenny Loggins, Rolling Stones, Az Yet, etc. In 1997, Big Chris went on to become chief sound engineer at King Pin Records, where he engineered for a number of rap groups, including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and many other artists that were signed to King Pin Records.
The Rehab Studio
In 1999, Big Chris met Cedric the Entertainer, just prior to Cedric filming the hit movie The Original Kings of Comedy. Upon Cedric's request, Big Chris wrote a reggae/instrumental song named, Peanut Butter, No Jam, which Cedric sings to live in the movie. Soon after the release of The Original Kings of Comedy, Big Chris signed a twelve-song publishing deal with Cedric, which kick started his production career. In 2000-2001 Big Chris scored a documentary video on the life of Cedric The Entertainer, called Life Is A Tour.
In 2002, Big Chris wrote and produced a song for Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony for the movie Barbershop, starring Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer. The same year, Big Chris recorded and produced six songs with KRS-One for a mix tape "dissing" Nelly, after Nelly "dissed" KRS-One on BET's 106 & Park. Later that year, Big Chris founded his music studio and production company, "The Rehab Studio," where he produced rock, pop reggae, Latin and urban tracks for television and film. As of today he has placed over eighty songs in various television shows, including MTV's Laguna Beach, The Hills, The City, The X Effect, and P Diddy's Making The Band.
In 2003, Big Chris Flores produced the opening song to an album by the Mo Thugs Family named "IV: The Movement", featuring Layzie Bone. In 2005 Big Chris produced and mixed a Latin hip hop song, performed by Camilo "Tea Time" Castaldi named En La Calle, which was released on Machete Music's Hip Hop En Tu Idioma compilation album. That same year, Big Chris produced and mixed a reggae album, featuring top name reggae artists such as Prezident Brown, Luciano and Grammy award winner Yami Bolo.
In 2006, Big Chris produced and mixed a reggaeton song called Passion which was released in the movie Jarhead's DVD collector's edition. In 2007, Big Chris produced and mixed two songs for a Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu movie called, Code Name: The Cleaner. That same year, Big Fish Audio released an audio DVD containing forty two tracks produced and mixed by Big Chris named Hip Hop Moodswings, for their catalog of production loops and sounds for producers to use. Hip Hop Moodswings was number one in the Big Fish catalog for more than two months.
In 2008, Big Chris produced and mixed a score written by Velvet Revolver guitarist/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, for a movie called This is Not A Movie, which was released in Mexico and Europe in January 2011, and is soon to be released in the United States. Immediately after the music production of This is Not A Movie, Big Chris and Slash started pre-production on Slash's first self-titled solo album, where Big Chris did production throughout the album, along with Eric Valentine, Kid Rock and Kevin Churko, which included production, keyboards and programming on one of the hit singles featuring Fergie called Beautiful Dangerous.
Big Chris continues to record, produce and mix at his production studio in L.A. called The Rehab studio. Recent projects include Miss Bang Bang's single and music video Punch Drunk Loverfeaturing Slash acting as engineer for Rihanna's single, Rock Star 101 featuring Slash, as well as Bun B's album, Trill OG. He is also co-writing and producing songs with Jeff Foskett, among others.
|1999||Documentary: Cedric The Entertainer's "Life is A Tour"||Composed & produced thirteen songs|
|2000||MTV The Original Kings of Comedy||Peanut Butter No Jam|
|2001||Black Spring Break||"Lights,Camera, Action" Featuring Cedric
|2002||Barbershop||"Smoke" Featuring Layzie Bone|
|2002||The Playaz Court Artisan||"What Ya'll Wanna Do?"|
|2002||Moodswing Records Volume I.||Composed, recorded, produced & mixed|
|2002||Drunken Tiger||Recorded, co-produced & mixed|
|2003||Mo' Thugz IV intro song The Movement featuring Layzie Bone||Produced|
|2005||MTV "Laguna Beach: 2nd season"||Produced three songs|
|2005||Yami Bolo Almighty 1||Produced & mixed|
|2005||Machete Music HipHop En Tu Idioma En La Calle||Produced & mixed|
|2006||Jarhead DVD Collectors Edition song "Passion"||Produced & mixed|
|2006||MTV The X Effect song "Love Exists"||Produced & mixed|
|2006||MTV Laguna Beach Season 2 DVD song Viboras De La Calle||Produced & mixed|
|2006||Jah Sun's The Height of Light Album: Featuring Yami Bolo, Ras Attitude, Prezident Brown, Luciano and Cedric The Entertainer||Produced & mixed|
|2006||MTV "The Hills" song "Move Ya Body"||Produced & mixed|
|2006||USA Network "A Great American Christmas" songs "Viboras De La Calle",
"Keep Runnin" & "Nuevo Dia" || Produced & Mixed
|2007||Film: "Code Name The Cleaner" songs "Race" & "Keep Runnin"||Produced &
|2007||Big Fish Audio Production CD - "Hip Hop Moodswing" - Produced &
Mixed forty two audio tracks
|2007||E Entertainment songs Paradise City, "Crenshaw", "8th" & "Pain"||Produced & mixed|
|2007||MTV The Hills song "Rain on Payday"||Produced & mixed|
|2007||MTV P Diddy's Making The Band||Composed, produced and mixed eight songs|
|2008||MTV "Buzzin"||Produced & mixed four songs|
|2009||Rihanna: Rated-R song "Rock Star 101" featuring Slash||Additional engineer|
|2009||Hard Rock Group "This is Not A Band" featuring Slash||Co-wrote, produced & mixed five songs|
|2009||MTV "The City" & "Breathe"||Produced & mixed|
|2009||The Animal Planet "The Jockey" & "Her Planet" by Paul Price||Produced, mixed, & engineered|
|2010||TLC's LA Ink||Produced two songs for 1st and 2nd episodes of season three|
|2010||20th Century Fox Percy Jackson TV & Viral Ads||Produced four songs|
|2010||Kung Fu Films movie "This is Not A Movie"||Producer of the music score with Slash|
|2010||Slash solo album Beautiful Dangerous featuring Fergie||Produced|
|2010||TLC's LA Ink||Placed over forty tracks throughout season four|
|2010||G4 network That's Tough opening sequence||Keyboards & producing|
|2010||Slash Deluxe Box Set||Additional production, keyboards & programming|
|2011||Les Paul Tribute Album||Engineer|
|2012||Steven Tyler Vocal remixing for Save The Arts Foundation music video||Engineer|
|2013||BAE All-Star Album Featuring Gilby Clark, Matt Sorum, Chris Chaney, Kenny Aranoff, Rafael Moreira||Mix Engineer|
|2013||"Be Like Sheen" featuring Slash and Charlie Sheen, written by Darius Mcrary and Donovan Mcrary||Mixed and Mastered Slash|
|2013||Nothing Left To Fear Title track "Nothing Left To Fear"||Co Producer and mix of the title track Slash|
|2015||Miss Bang Bang Single Punch Drunk Lover featuring Slash||Produced and mixed|
|2017||Terry Ilous Gypsy Dream||recorded & produced, additional guitars and vocals|
|2017||Chris Stills single "The Weekend"||recorded, produced and mixed, additional vocals|