Check the brand new video for Christos DC’s “Speak The Fire,” by far one of the finest reggae singles of 2017. The tune is the first single from Christos DC’s forthcoming album Tessera, which will be released on the Honest Music DC label later this year.
Honest Music DC, run by Darryl “Trane” Burke and Christos DC (Chris Vrenios), is one of the most dynamic and innovative production houses in reggae. The studio behind Kenyatta Hill’s critically-acclaimed 2014 album Riddim of Life, Puma Ptah’s In One Accord, Christos DC’s The Long Road, and the Kingston 16 riddim compilation is poised to become one of the premier production houses in reggae.
Both Burke and Christos have been making movements in the DC reggae and club scene for decades now. Burke cut his teeth working with Bebo Philips and Clive Jarrett at Grapevine Records, backing such artists as Carlton Livingston, Gregory Isaacs, and Lone Ranger, to name a few. From there, it was stints with reggae legend Carl Malcolm, Moja Nya, Joseph Hill and Culture, Abyssinians and Eek-A-Mouse. He was also the founder of The Archives, a reggae project that was the brainchild of Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton.
Artist/producer Christos DC is a Greek-American born and raised in Washington, D.C. by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. Christos’ career began in the early 90s producing hip-hop and R&B tracks with indie artists from DC, but it was his deep appreciation for the sounds coming out of Kingston, Jamaica that led him to record with legendary reggae artists Sly and Robbie as well as the Firehouse Crew. He spent several years on the road as guitarist and backing vocalist for Don Carlos and The Itals. He has produced and recorded with artists such as the legendary Augustus Pablo, Sugar Minott, Roots Radics, and Meditations. He has also co-written with DC’s own Thievery Corporation.