Music Professional, Singer-Songwriter & Producer
"Buckle is well connected, so it's a good job his talent warrants the help!"- Guitarist Magazine
Kris Buckle first found fulfilment and success in the European charts and playing support shows for Big Beat greats The Prodigy with the much-lauded Sunscreem as their guitarist he kept most of his musical ideas to himself honing his skills and experimenting with D.I.Y recording and home production.It wasn't until after a period playing session alongside the much revered and soon-to-be prematurely deceased Irish guitar maestro Eric Roche that some of his ideas found their way to our ears working with Belgian band Soapstarter, a project which brought together members of Soul Wax, Deus and Vive le Fete. They released their debut album Naked Wheels in 2007 which received 5 star reviews, high rotation on the European airwaves and the interest of Velvet Undergrounds Lou Reed when he requested they send him a copy of the album after a show in Berlin.After countless live appearances on the European Festival circuit, culminating in playing to 152,000 at Pukkelpop in 2007 Kris returned to the UK to begin recording some of the ideas gathered over the years. Around mid-2008 he spent 6 weeks in the studio and produced his first solo album which he toured with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra for two consecutive years.
"The massively skilled act Friends In Paris continue to impress with their beautifully crafted melodies and shimmering electronic beats."- edmjoy.com
Born into a musically talented family Kris' father – Henry Buckle – had been a New Faces winner (think 'Britain's Got Talent' 40 years ago), was signed to Mercury Records in the mid-70s and enjoyed huge success in the US and Canada, where he was to tour with young ex-Faces singer Rod Stewart. A later arrival was stepdad Steve 'Froggy' Howlett – the renowned and respected Radio 1 and Capital Radio DJ, widely acknowledged as introducer of the art of turntable 'mixing' and scratching to the UK club scene.Born in Barking, Kris picked up his first guitar aged 6 and found himself worshipping Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Kris later discovered the attic delights of his Dad's yesteryear heroes stumbling upon the likes of Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, The Beach Boys and many others which continue to influence his music today.After a career as a solo artist, playing sessions & touring with major label artists across Europe Kris recently found success as the singer, songwriter and co-producer for the duo ‘Friends In Paris’. Working alongside Belgian producer Jeroen De Pessemier aka ‘One Track Brain’ & ‘The Subs’ they achieved online success with a number of their releases which led to them joining forces with Sony Music Europe. Their song ‘When Your Heart Is a Stranger’ has and continues to be featured in several major TV series such as ’S.W.A.T’, ‘Lucifer’, ‘Queen Sugar’ and has become a popular choice for Spotify playlists worldwide.
"THE BEST F*****G SONG I'VE HEARD THIS YEAR."- bitcandy.com
With many years of experience as both a singer/songwriter & guitarist, Kris has had the pleasure of performing at a wide range of events.Kris’ primary focus is to provide the soundtrack you desire for your event. Working closely with clients Kris strives to ensure their needs are met.Kris’ acoustic set is ever-evolving and set lists are provided prior to each booking; however, Kris is happy to discuss the option to learn a few songs at your request to personalise your day and make it just that little bit more special.