Chris Zachos, 43, hombre, Estados Unidos

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Chris Zachos
San Francisco, CA, USA

Chris Zachos (aka "The Honey Bear")

San Francisco, CA, USA

In 7th grade, Detroit-born Chris Zachos heard “People Are People” by Depeche Mode on the radio. It was at that moment that music became everything to him. With synthpop and new wave at his core, Zachos also embraced the Industrial/EBM movement. Bands such as Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, and Front 242 gave him the synth edge that he craved. At age 16, Zachos began sneaking into iconic Detroit dance clubs such as The Shelter, City Club, and Todd’s, as well as the Ann Arbor institution, The Nectarine Ballroom.

In 1990, Zachos was given the opportunity to intern at 88.7 CIMX in Windsor, Canada. The radio station was experimenting with their pop format. From 8PM – 2AM, Monday – Friday, the station played “alternative” music. The new format was a hit, so much so that CIMX switched full-on to their new format in 1991. So you could say, Zachos had a hand in bringing “alternative” music to mainstream Detroit radio.

Aside from the acid house and rave movements of the early ‘90s, the electronic music scene, in Zachos’ opinion, went down the crapper. He had moved to Boston, and alternative rock dominated the clubs. The new drum ‘n’ bass sub-genre was not filling his synth void. If it were not for a handful of talented electronic acts such as The Prodigy, Propellerheads, Moby, and The Chemical Brothers, Zachos probably would have given up on electronic music for altogether.

And then IT happened. In 2001, “Electroclash” had reared its queer and questionably fashionable head. The sound of the ‘80s was en vogue again. Zachos found himself taking the Amtrak train down to NYC on a monthly basis to be a part of Larry Tee’s “Berlinsburg” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From out of nowhere, the trend was flooded by new artists, including Felix Da Housecat, Miss Kittin, Tiga, Fischerspooner, Ladytron, and Adult. By 2003, the “clash” part of “electroclash” fell to the ground in a carnage of skinny ties and fauxhawks, but “electro” remained alive and well. And it was “electro” that brought Zachos to the next major turn in his life: a career change. With spending so much time immersed in the music scene, why not try to make a buck out of it?

In September 2003, Zachos moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn and began working on his M.A. in Music Business at New York University. Mid-way through his stint at NYU, he was offered a full-time position at the consumer research firm NPD to study digital music behavior. In September 2007, Zachos moved to San Francisco to be a part of Yahoo!’s Digital Media Group. In May 2008, MySpace reached out to him, and he spent the next two years as Myspace Music's Analytics Manager where he answered the world's questions about the company's music data. As a side project at Myspace, Zachos also worked with his team to build the company's first music recommendations engine. In May 2011, Zachos joined a start-up called Songbird as their Senior Product Manager where he and his team built out, a social music discovery service. In October 2012, Zachos broadened his musical reach into the event space and joined StubHub as their Senior Product Manager of New Experiences. His team launched the StubHub ticketing app on the Spotify desktop platform and is now working on an iOS app focused on music venue and event discovery in and around the SF Bay area.

Zachos continues to participate in music extra curricular activities. From 2009 - 2010, he founded a successful quarterly music party called ZooSF with Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould, plus San Francisco gay socialites Papa Tony, Visa De Klein (ejector’s Ben Holder), and Danyol Leon. The purpose of the party was to provide an outlet for people “who seek music off the beaten path.” Each musical host took on an animal alter ego. It is here that Zachos acquired the nickname “The Honey Bear.” Today, Zachos is a key DJ at the Sonic Reducer Stage at San Francisco Gay Pride with DJ Donimo (of New Wave City) and DJ Tomas Diablo (of Strangelove). In addition, Zachos often DJs the Sunday Scruffy Sunday parties at 440 Castro, and on occasion brings his music stylings to out-of-state parties. Some favorite gigs of his include Big Chick's Bear Den in Chicago and The Phoenix Bar's Southern Decadence Block Party in New Orleans.

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