Chris Grayston

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Chris Grayston
Also known asC. Grayston
Genreshappy hardcore, breakbeat, punk rock
Occupation(s)record producer, music promoter, talent scout
Years active1990–present
LabelsFuture Music
Fusion Records
Hectic Records
Associated actsIkon
Cynical Blend

Chris Grayston is a British music promoter, born 1971,[1] event organizer, record producer, musician, label owner, and talent scout. Currently, Grayston is employed as a music consultant including working for acts, record labels.[2]


Live and Unsigned and Open Mic UK[edit]

In 2007 Grayston organised and co-founded Live and Unsigned, an annual music competition for unsigned acts in the United Kingdom. Grayston has served as events director and head judge for the competition. The competition annually attracts 10,000 participants, and after a series of live judging panels, ends with a summer National Grand Final at the Indig02 as part of Live Fest.

Through the competition Grayston has discovered a number of acts, including 2007 winners B-Kay and Kazz, who later achieved a top 30 hit in the UK charts with the single You Know it's Right.

Grayston discovered participant Josh Dubovie in 2008, who went on to represent the United Kingdom at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2008 he also discovered Welsh indie/electronic band Kiddo360, who won the Grand Final and later went on to win a Vodafone Award.[citation needed] Nathan Sykes performed in 2008, before he joined The Wanted.[3] In the same year Grayston was involved in setting up the first Open Mic UK, as a spin off of Live and Unsigned.

In 2010, the competition winners were The Lottery Winners, Scottish band The Detours, and [4]

Future Music was incorporated in 2013.[5]

The original Live and Unsigned company was dissolved in 2014.[6]

In 2015, Future Production was incorporated. The company runs Open Mic UK.[7][8]

Book and companies[edit]

In 2016, Grayston directed company Future Music was dissolved, and TeenStar incorporated.[5][9] The same year Grayston published a book called The Secret to Success in the Music Industry.[10][1]


Following Luke Friend's appearance on 2013's X Factor and subsequent top 40 hit, Future Music threatened to sue Friend for alleged breach of contract. Future Music argued that "the winner must give TeenStar, run by Future Music, first refusal on management services within 18 months of winning", in addition to "appearances and promotion for an 18 month period from the end of the competition for a minimum of 5 times." Luke Friend's management company, Crown Management, have stated that "Our client was saddened to have received this claim from Future Music with whom he worked amicably for some time, including during his time in X-Factor. The claim has absolutely no basis in fact and will be robustly defended. We have every expectation that our client will be vindicated in due course."[11]

Personal life[edit]

Grayston has three children, and in 2016 lived in Shirley.[1]



  • 1994: Midas Volume 1 by Midas
  • 1995: QSH006 "Give Yourself to Me by Midas" (Quosh Records)
  • 1995: FUS001 by Midas (Fusion Records)
  • 1995: RAR010 by Midas Imperial March (Slammin Vinyl records)
  • 1995: Midas and Dougal by Midas (Hectic Records)
  • 1995: HVR006 You Take Me Away by Midas (Happy Vibes Recordings)
  • 1996: FUS004 by Midas (Fusion Records)
  • 1996: FUS008 by Midas (Fusion Records)
  • 1996: MDMA002 Midas Volume 2 by Midas
  • 1996: Midas and Sunset Regime by Midas (Hectic Records)
  • 1997: HR001 Doesn't Have to Be by Ikon (Hectic Rewinds Records)


  • 1995: "Groove Control" (DJ Clarke'e Remix) on Just 4 U Vol. 2
  • 1995: "The Flow" on Hardcore
  • 2007: "Give Yourself to Me" on Best of Bonkers


  • 2001: Inverse Catch-22 by Cynical Blend – producer, keyboard

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Winners". Live and Unsigned. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
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  11. ^ "Luke Friend denies alleged breach of contract". mirror. Retrieved 2015-11-07.

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