Christopher D. Porter

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Christopher D. Porter
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Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Washington, D.C.
Occupation Business owner, record producer
Website www.zenbi.com

Christopher Porter, also known by his stage name ZENBI, is an electronic music producer, DJ, and entrepreneur.

Career[edit]

Christopher Porter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia.[1] He is a tech house and tribal house DJ whose musical career began in the early 1990s when he began playing hip hop, then house music, on vinyl turntables in his hometown of Philadelphia. His DJ performances now incorporate live production utilizing state of the art software and hardware DJ controllers.[2][3] By the end of the 2000s, Porter was signed to the Younan music label.[4] His DJ name "ZENBI" comes from the name of a marketing and brand consultancy firm Porter started, though he did not begin using the name ZENBI as a stage name until later on in his career—originally DJing under the name DJ Christopher Porter. The word "zenbi" means "good and beautiful" in Japanese.[2] The original meaning was used as a part of Porter's 2012 showcase at the Winter Music Conference, entitled the ZENBI Good & Beautiful showcase.[5] In 2011 Porter founded ZENBI Recordings, a record label dedicated to electronic music producers and DJs. The individuals on the label's roster are largely tech house or tribal house artists, and includes Paolo Mojo, Dr Kucho!, Supernova, Sabb, Chuck Love, Maher Daniel, and John Creamer & Stephane K.[3] Then in 2012, Porter's track Double Trouble reached number one on the Beatport Tech House sales charts.[2][4] He currently has a weekly residency at the Lima Lounge in Washington, DC.[1]

In the business world, Porter served as the Chief Marketing Officer of a several hundred million dollar NASDAQ-traded computer hardware company called Javelin Systems,[1] and then VP of Marketing for Aspeon, before starting his own businesses. He is now the owner and CEO of Training Camp, an IT job skills training company.[6]

Discography[edit]

Year Title
2012 Double Trouble

Singles[edit]

  • Double Trouble – Great Stuff Recordings (2012)
  • Kumbalha (Sabb & Zenbi Remix) – Younan Music (2011)
  • Drums Revenge (Sabb & Zenbi Remix) – Younan Music (2012)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ellen Scott (November 2, 2011). "Globetrotting DJ Calls Leesburg, Virginia Home". CBS. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Double Trouble in Miami: Zenbi Interview". New Talent Beatsmedia. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "DJ ZENBI TAKES CONTROL OF THE TECH & TRIBAL HOUSE SCENE // EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW". Into The AM. August 8, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Beatport (February 17, 2012). "Zenbi Charts First #1 Hit on Dance Music Site Beatport". Times Union newspaper. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Artist's Events". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "IT Job Training Boot Camp". Fox Business. October 5, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "ZENBI". Retrieved April 12, 2012. 

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