Do it yourself. Perhaps no other artist embodies this phrase better than Texas-based Christopher Marshall, or as his adoring fans know him, Crizzly. Without the marketing engine of a massive label, Crizzly and his inventive Crunkstep style became a mainstay in the bass community through hard work, calculated songwriting, and energetic live performances. But his journey started well before fans were experiencing his devastating drops on the dancefloor.
Marshall’s music career began in a small town just outside San Antonio where he DJ’ed weddings and high school dances. Cutting his teeth on the decks show by show, he found himself drawn to the sounds of acts like Rusko and Doctor P, while still maintaining his affinity for hip-hop—the combination of which would later culminate into his signature sound.
Marshall’s instantly recognizable style proliferates through inventive bootleg interpretations of acts like Skee Lo, Macklemore, A$AP Rocky, and Lil’ Flip, his tasteful official remixes, and his legendary original works. His works have tallied up tens of millions of plays collectively, catching the eyes and ears of bloggers, tastemakers, promoters, and fans alike.
While his chart-topping tracks certainly bring fans in, Crizzly’s live performances keep them coming back. Lovingly referred to as his Slice Gang, this dedicated group of bass-hungry fans eagerly line up at notable clubs and major festivals to experience the encompassing, head-banging, unrelenting sets that come from this storied producer/DJ. That’s the true magic with Crizzly’s music: From grand stages at EDC, Lollapalooza, Coachella and Warped Tour to sold out clubs across the globe, people aren’t just listening; they’re experiencing.