Chris Brophy is an award-winning entrepreneur who has achieved significant success in the music and media industries worldwide. Chris who is also a qualified teacher has trained thousands of local people in broadcasting, some of which have gone on to secure jobs on Key 103, BBC Radio Manchester, CBBC, Five Live, Capital FM, XFM and at MediaCityUK Studios. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of both Play Social Media and Music Industry Learning Limited. Chris describes himself as a person who is obsessed with gadgets and everything that computers, social networks and the net have to offer.
From an early age, Chris developed a fascination with performing, and in the early 1980s took his first step in to the music world by taking piano lessons and going on to perform at the Royal Northern College of Music.
During high school, Chris moved one step closer towards achieving his dream of becoming a record producer by studying GCSE Music and going on to win Young Musician of the Year. Upon leaving school, he studied Sound Recording and Related Arts at the world famous School of Sound Recording (SSR) in Manchester, a course he balanced alongside his full-time job in the insurance industry.
Whilst at the School of Sound Recording, Chris developed his performing and sound recording skills further by setting up a studio, where he recorded his own E.P in 1993. This led to being signed by London-based award-winning duo Red Rhythm who have since worked with the likes of Sting, Boys II Men, Run DMC and Leona Lewis. Chris’s remix of ‘Move It Up’, which was produced at the Red Rhythm Studios in West London and distributed through BMG Records received glowing reviews globally.
In 1994, Chris took ‘Move It Up’ to the studios of Kiss 102 FM in order to gain some publicity for the single, and was met by DJ Nev Johnson in reception. This was to be Chris’s big break in to radio, as over the next couple of years he produced and co-presented the ‘Up All Night’ Show on both Kiss and Galaxy 102. Chris also became a voice over artist on commercials broadcast by the station, and over a three year period had become one of the most recognizable voices on commercial radio in the Greater Manchester area.
It is worth noting that like many people who work on commercial radio, Chris had also completed voluntary work on hospital radio for an international charity, where he held the position of Press & Press Officer. This was invaluable experience that provided him with many skills that could be applied to all future roles in his life.
Soon after, Chris was signed by a New York based record label to work as a remixer having been discovered on the Internet. Throughout the decade that followed, Chris achieved significant success as a remixer and producer all over America. During this time, he released of over sixty-seven records for twenty-two record labels. Over half a million records were sold worldwide which put his records on over one hundred charts; five of which were number one hit singles.
His biggest achievements in music so far have been setting up his own studio near San Francisco, working in Hollywood and having one of his remixes appear on the Grammy Awards Nomination Ballot. A number one hit record on America’s Billboard Chart pushed Chris above top recording artists such as Sting, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake. His experiences as a remixer and producer in America, enabled him to work at some of the best studios around the world including, Manchester, London, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami and Los Angeles.
During this time, he also hosted a radio show from his home studio that was syndicated to seventy-five radio stations globally. At its peak, the show aired to 2.2 million listeners a month and was broadcast on AM, FM, DAB, Internet and satellite stations across every single continent. It was broadcast for a number of years, received praise from fans all over the world and rewarded Chris with a Web Radio Award for Best Syndicated Radio Show.
Chris is co-founder and former station manager of 94.4FM Salford City Radio; where he was responsible for fundraising, promotion, managing the day-to-day running of the station and turning it in to a quadruple award-winning community radio service. The role also involved maintaining 4 studios, producing 168 hours of audio a week and managing 150 volunteers. Whilst at the station, Chris had his own weekly column in the Salford Advertiser, a local paper owned by the Guardian Media Group.
During his time as an award-winning radio manager, producer and broadcaster, Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in music and showbiz from Stephen Mulhern, stars of Coronation Street, Big Brother and Neighbours, comedians Jenny Eclair, Dave Spikey, Ruby Wax and Jason Manford, and top recording artists Go West, JLS and Spandau Ballet.
Chris is a social media expert who has recently founded a brand new company called Play Social Media, which makes online video tutorials for those in business. The first video 'Twitter Success for your Business' was the first of the bunch to be produced in May 2013. He has used social networks to his advantage when securing jobs, contracts, international publicity and high chart positions for his music. Through campaigns on social networks, Chris has helped businesses win awards, gain wider recognition, improve customer service and boost product sales and revenue.
He is also the CEO of Music Industry Learning, a non-profit company which delivers music and media training to people in deprived communities. It is a successful company which is now in its sixth year of business and has taken him to both MediaCityUK and the BBC Academy in London to teach a variety of music and media subjects.