To understand an artist like Chris Barrat — aka – Eagles & Butterflies it’s necessary to have an insight into a man who in his own words likes to “make pop music for the dancefloor”.
Everything in his career stems from a die hard dedication to the practice of music, from performing to producing. From early beginnings as Mixmag’s ‘Breakthrough Act of the Year’ to the creation of his own label Art Imitating Life, an innate sense of musicality and a unique approach to music making has been at the core. Combined with the desire to translate the magic of the studio to the club or festival stage, this has spawned releases on labels Innervisions, Life & Death and Correspondant as well as a string of stand out records on his own aforementioned label. When you add in remixes for the likes of RY X, Bob Moses, Underworld and Ludovico Einaudi and a memorable outing with the Essential Mix, you start to see the full spectrum of his musical mind.
Each of these milestones provided a launchpad for Eagles & Butterflies biggest track to date, the hypnotic, 80’s influenced anthem ‘Can’t Stop’ which received another Essential New Tune gong as well as going on to becoming a seminal track in the same year.
Alongside this, Barratt’s productions have also found a welcome audience at notable events like Awakenings, Circoloco, Coachella, Junction 2, Lightning In A Bottle, Secret Garden Party and Tomorrowland and numerous label showcases with both Innervions and Life and Death.