Cryptochronica is the glitch fusion project of Seattle based producer, Chris Michaels. A digital weaver, Michaels blends genre and style into the sonic bass fabric that defines Cryptochronicas sound. Omnitempo and maximalist, Cryptochronica sets seamlessly thread funk, soul, rock, reggae, hip-hop and downtempo with the heavy bass styles of the underground.
Originally from Oahu, Hawaii, Michaels was influenced by the islands Reggae, dub and Jawaiian (Jamaican-Hawaiian Fusion) scenes and Cryptochronica often shares glimmers of these tropical inspirations. The name itself is drawn from this Rasta-fusion tradition: both the words Crip and Chronic are Hawaiian pidgin (slang) for Cannabis. When blockchain and crypto currencies exploded into the public consciousness, it was only a short leap to conceiving Cryptochronica: the digital drug.
Michaels was radio DJ and played acoustic and Indie Rock for many years on Oahu in the early-2010s. Michaels was always attracted to underground, independent styles of music because of their disregard for popular convention and their commitment to artistic integrity. When Indie Rock went mainstream (in his words: with the tragic release of the the film Garden State) Michaels lamented its assimilation into pop culture and searched for the new, cutting edge frontier of music. It was at this juncture that he discovered electronic music.
Mystified as to how electronic music functioned, Michaels endeavored to learn how it was arranged and performed. Michaels enrolled in ill.Gates production and music class, The Class of 808, and studied production. He was impressed by the limitless possibilities electronic music offers and has been exploring those possibilities in his own stylistic way for three years.