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Background information
Birth nameChris Reed
Also known asPlasticman
Born (1982-10-30) 30 October 1982 (age 37)
OriginCroydon, London, England
GenresDubstep, grime, breakstep, Wave
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
Years active1999–present
LabelsTerrorythm Recordings, ROAD, Slimzos, Soulja, Trouble & Bass, OWSLA
Associated actsSkream, P Money

Chris Reed, also known as Plastician (formerly Plasticman), is an electronic musician from Thornton Heath in the London Borough of Croydon.


Early career[edit]

Starting out as a Bossman at the local Morley's chicken shop under the moniker of Pireé Pireé (not to be confused with Peri Peri of Nando's, Reed began to take interest in the darker side of the sound, specialising in sets featuring tracks from the likes of Wookie, Zed Bias, El-B, Groove Chronicles, Steve Gurley and working alongside MC's Tricks & Spellz as part of the "Fearless Crew". They held radio slots on South London's inconsistent pirate station "Desire FM" before moving to 2GFM before the split of Fearless Crew in 2002. It was then that Reed was to begin using the name Plasticman for future works.[1]

Toward the middle of 2001, Reed had been experimenting with production on FruityLoops. Being based in Croydon, Reed was part of a close-knit community of young producers attempting to make dark garage tracks that would catch the ear of Big Apple Records resident DJ Hatcha so that he could support them on his popular pirate radio show.[2] Other young producers in this circle included Skream and Benga, amongst more experienced heads Artwork / Menta, Benny Ill & Horsepower Productions. By the end of 2001, although Plasticman's tracks were somewhat overlooked by DJ Hatcha, they were however picked up by East London Grime pioneer, DJ Slimzee. Slimzee signed Reed's first 12" release (Venom / Shockwave) to his Slimzos imprint which was released early into 2002.

By 2003, Reed had been supported by DJ Hatcha on tracks such as Hard Graft, which saw his grimy take on the instrumental sound being welcomed by the FWD contingent, leading to releases on Ammunition Promotions' Soulja, and ROAD imprints, a weekly slot on Rinse FM alongside Mark One (MRK1) & Virus Syndicate, and in the summer saw Reed's first appearance at the world-famous FWD event at Plastic People, London. Soon after, Reed had established himself as a FWD favourite and was announced as one of 4 residents at the club in 2004, alongside Dubstep royalty, DJ Hatcha, Youngsta and Rinse FM owner, DJ Geeneus.[3]

In 2006, Reed was offered a slot on BBC Radio 1's "The Residency". This soon turned into "In New DJ's We Trust". This was the tipping point for an ongoing legal struggle which forced him to change his name from Plasticman to Plastician.[4] He spent 18 months on the station before returning to Rinse FM to continue his weekly slot, which he had been continuing under the alias "Blue Stripe" during his time at the BBC. He returned to the airwaves on Rinse FM alongside MC Nomad.

2007 saw the release of "Beg to Differ", Reed's debut LP and his first release under the Plastician moniker. It received critical acclaim, and contains some of Reed's most recognisable works such as "Japan" and "Intensive Snare" with North London MC Skepta of Boy Better Know.[5]

Plastician also played a role in putting together the "Cashmere Agency Presents Mr. Grustle & Tha Russian Dubstep LA Embrace The Renaissance Vol.1 Mixed by Dj Plastician." mixtape that was released in June 2009. The tracks were curated by plastician and featured dubstep & hip hop collaborations involving Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and more. Plastician is unique in that he is respected as one of the true pioneers of both the Dubstep and Grime genres.

Terrorhythm Recordings[edit]

Plastician runs his own record label, Terrorhythm Recordings, formed in 2002. Best known for signing both Om Unit and Joker's first releases as well as releasing Plastician's critically acclaimed "Beg To Differ" album, it also saw early releases from Macabre Unit, Maniac, Crissy Criss, and Mark One. Moving into more recent times, the label has broadened its sonic palate – as has Plastician. Terrorhythm currently represents some of the most exciting young musicians associated with today's future beats movement, housing artists such as AWE, GANZ, Louis Futon and Krane among others within its ranks. Many of whom have been releasing on the label since their debut releases.[6] More recently he has been exploring experimental trap offshoot, Wave music for which his "Wavepool" mixes have become recognised as the main reference point for the birth of the genre.[7]

Terrorhythm Recordings Releases[edit]

Year No. Artist Title
2003 TERR001 Mark One Fight / Fight (Plasticman Remix)
2004 TERR002 Plasticman Cha EP
TERR003 Value Beats EP
TERR004 Macabre Unit Lift Off EP
2008 TERR005 Joker Top of the Game EP
2010 TERR006 Crissy Criss Blow Your Head Off / Humans
TERR007 Maniac Thug / Wreckage
TERR008 Om Unit The Corridor EP
2011 TERR009 Psy:am & Stinkahbell Don't Tell Mum About Ibiza
2012 TERR010 Plastician Straight Outta Croydon EP
TERR011 Stinkahbell & Psy:am Hot Poo
TERR012 Stinkahbell Film Noir EP
2013 TERR013 Mojo Blues EP
TERR014 AWE Eagle Soul EP
TERR015 Alexandre Dead Silent EP
TERR016 Anton F Crimson EP
TERR017 Louis Futon Dozing / Plastic
TERR018 GANZ Purple Cwtch EP
TERR019 Curl Up Missed U EP
2014 TERR020 AWE Crystals
TERR021 Skit & Tijani Sweat
TERR022 Varsity Grunt / Lingerer Dub
TERR023 JD. Reid Maneki Neko EP
TERR024 Parkinson White & Kyle Cook Sapphire EP
TERR025 Deon Custom Bliss EP
TERR026 KRNE Zero Zero One EP
TERR027 Plastician Plasticman Remastered
TERR028 Plasticman Remixed I
TERR029 Plasticman Remixed II
TERR030 Plasticman Remixed III
TERR031 AWE Griffin
2015 TERR032 Color Plus Mangata Sequence EP
TERR033 Gunkst Bodied EP
TERR034 GANZ Dino War EP
TERR035 Anton F Indigo EP
TERR036 Mace Love Songs EP
TERR037 BeauDamian Pleione EP
TERR038 Skuls Lost Knowledge EP
TERR039 Plastician Sorcery
TERR040 Patrick Brian 8 Months EP
2016 TERR041 Noah B Night's Edge EP
TERR042 Mace Touch Me (2XA Remix)
TERR043 Plastician Do What You Feel
TERR044 Glacci Lucid EP
TERR046 Deadcrow Night Wonder EP
TERR047 Sosari Worlds Away EP
TERR048 Skuls Transient EP
TERR049 Terminal EP
TERR050 Celaeno The Celaeno EP
2017 TERR051 ONHELL Noself EP
TERR052 Klasey Jones Foreign Buyers Club EP
TERR053 Deadcrow Light Trails EP
TERR054 Patrick Brian Strings & Squares EP
TERR055 Various Artists Plastician Presents - Wavepool 2
TERR056 Glacci Lifeforce LP
TERR057 Klasey Jones Eleven LP
TERR059 Compa Awow EP

Plasticman controversy[edit]

In 2006, Reed was threatened with legal action by Canadian-British techno artist Richie Hawtin who had prior use right on the name "Plastikman," prompting Reed to change his name from Plasticman to Plastician to avoid any legal disputes with Hawtin.


  1. ^ Plastician Interview [1]/
  2. ^ Text of his MTV interview
  3. ^ An Oral History of Dubstep[2]
  4. ^ 5 big life moments: Plastician[3]
  5. ^ Plastician Interview[4]
  6. ^ Plastician Interview[5]
  7. ^ Has Plastician just uncovered a new genre[6]

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