Chris “CJ” Jewer found his love for music at school, where he took lessons on whatever instrument he could get his hands on. He played guitar in a band that rehearsed and recorded in the school music room late at night. At college he spent 4 years of studying Music Technology and Music Production. He spent a short period in Brighton working on a solo music programming project, then moved to London, where he got a job selling PA systems in London’s “Tin pan alley”.
During his time at the London PA Centre in Denmark Street, he developed a broad knowledge of equipment on the market, created application-specific system designs, and started carrying out repairs and redesigns for bars, churches and local businesses. Outside of work hours, he would record his friends music, thus immersing himself in sound by day and night.
CJ found his first in-house engineering position at the Rhythm Factory, a rock and club venue with great equipment. Without any mentoring, CJ jumped in. He was instantly bitten by the live sound bug. He now had a forum in which to apply the research he’d carry out between shows, and learn the tricks of the trade.
CJ started to work in the Relentless Garage in Islington and at Terminal Studios. At the time Terminal was probably the oldest, best loved pre-production facility in London, and was frequented by many of the biggest names in the industry. Through Terminal, CJ ended up meeting and on occasion mixing for people like Rebecca Ferguson, The Big Pink, Marina & the Diamonds and Asian Dub Foundation. His knowledge of equipment repair, industry standard backline and large format live mixing desks escalated during this time.
He started working for Tristan Finn, who provided sound for clients such as Selfridges and the Soho House Group. CJ refined his skills to include AV, conference and fashion show sound, while still regularly working with live bands and DJs, often as part of major London events such as Notting Hill Carnival, London Fashion Week and the Oxford Street Christmas lights.
He spent a short while trying to help a friends struggling rehearsal studio, where he met Candy Apple Blue. He has given technical advise to the band and their clients, and engineered most of their gigs since they began. He is proud to be considered a 6th member of the band. When he’s not working, you’ll find him at home with his wife in East London… probably with his nose stuck in a book about acoustic physics.