Chris has spent most of his life working in film, music, film music, and any other possible permutation thereof. After film school, he worked his way around NYC in film production but soon relocated to Los Angeles to study at The Groundlings and work as an actor, eventually returning home to work in music supervision, journalism and freeform radio.
Since 2014, he has written extensively about music and culture as the Nightlife Editor for Time Out New York in addition to freelancing for Playboy, Mixmag (UK), The Village Voice, Flaunt, XLR8R, Insomniac and Anthem Magazine. He’s also hosted and produced on-camera interviews for various online outlets with the likes of The Black Madonna, Soul Clap, Poolside, Steve Aoki (haha?), Com Truise, Mathew Jonson & Cobblestone Jazz, Gardens & Villa, Mike Servito, Matrixxman, Brandt Brauer Frick, Catz’n’Dogz, Amon Tobin and John Tejada.
Behind the camera he’s played small roles on big films (Locations Assistant on Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat) and big roles on small films (Producer/Music Supervisor on Ross Patterson’s $50K and a Callgirl: A Love Story) as well as directing documentaries on music festival worldwide. Most recently he provided the soundtrack for the U.S. Military–sponsored action/comedy Range 15 with William Shatner, Sean Astin, Randy Couture and Danny Trejo. He is currently in post-production a documentary on Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton The Funk Summit.
Before all that though, he studied improvisational comedy and writing at The Groundlings for eight years and worked as an actor, regularly appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (including as family-favorite ‘Gay Superman’) and MTV’s “Punk’d” (beginning his feud with family-favorite ‘Zach Braff’) and a pair of extremely NSFW, non-family-favorite music videos, as well as films like Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves, Bob Odenkirk’s Melvin Goes to Dinner and as the lead in the all-star mockumentary Stuntmen.
He hosts East Village Radio’s (Un)Popular Culture with Chris Tarantino with guests including LA Priest (Domino Records), Parov Stelar, Larry Gus (DFA), members of Obits and LCD Soundsystem, DJs Daniel Avery, Ruf Dug and Populette’s Max Pask, music journalists Bob Mehr (Rock’s Backpages) and Barney Hoskyns (Mojo, NME), film director John Pirozzi (Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll), Paradise Garage photographer Bill Bernstein and the kitsch video wizards of Everything is Terrible!. He formerly hosted The Private Sector with Chris Tarantino on the nation’s oldest freeform radio station WFMU 91.1FM with live guests Crazy P, Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, Night Plane, Plant Plants and the first ever radio appearance of Domino Records’ Hookworms.
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