How Chris became a Disc Jockey

THE CHIMES: from far left (clockwise) Dave Fields, Chris Plankey Sr., Cliff Flynn, Tony Sumy

Chris comes from a family of musicians. He has two uncles who have made successful careers out of their love of music. His father, Chris Plankey Sr., was a member of the band, "The Chimes." His band performed in Berkshire County for over 25 years throughout the 70's and 80's, often performing at 3 events each week. Saturday mornings were routinely spent setting up equipment for the evening's party and little Christopher and his younger sister, Sarah, loved tagging along with Dad, playing with the band's lights, and slipping around freshly polished dance floors in their socks.

 

Through the years, the members of the band changed, and as each one left, they were compensated for any investment they had made in the band's equipment. Eventually, Chris Sr. was the last original member of the band. When "The Chimes" performed for the last time, Chris Sr. took home a massive pile of sound equipment and lighting. And young Chris couldn't keep his hands off it. 

 

After watching his father spend literally decades on stage, Chris naturally saw himself there too. His family spent summers camping at Laurel Ridge, in East Otis, Massachusetts. There, the kids were given permission to organize a teen dance.  Young Chris was put on stage for the first time. That night, playing records and cassette tapes, Chris set off on the road to becoming a DJ. Even he couldn't have guessed the personal satisfaction and success it would bring him for decades to come. By the time he was a junior at Pittsfield High School, he was hired by the school to perform at the senior class picnic, and senior banquet.

After high school, Chris remained in Berkshire County. DJing all the while, he attended Berkshire Community College and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. He was accepted into The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Chris returned to the Berkshires every weekend during these years of college, DJing events of every kind. He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management.

Chris' family owns and operates 3 Angelina's Sub Shop franchise locations in Pittsfield, Mass.

Most DJs don't enjoy full-time work year-round, so to supplement his schedule he joined the rest of his family, and began working part-time at Angelina's Sub Shops in the spring of 2000. Today, his family owns three of the four franchise locations in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. This is how Chris maintains a schedule that keeps DJing his priority and allows for the weekly meetings and consultations that make it all possible. Now, after over fifteen years of standing behind the counters there, some people regard him as "the guy from Angelina's." But the people who know Chris well know he is first and foremost an accomplished mobile disc jockey. Dozens of soon-to-be newlyweds have enjoyed consultations at the tables of Angelina's. At the start of 2017, Chris left the family business and now devotes all of his time and energy to his DJ and lighting company.

 

So, to go back to the beginning, Chris has one person to thank for becoming a professional DJ. The lessons and tips learned from his father had less to do with the learned techniques of how to satisfy a finicky crowd or manage sound reverberation. There was more to be learned from the hours spent together clipping colored gels, dissecting electronics, and quizzing each other on "who does this song?"  It was more about two generations sharing what they love. One generation passing to the next a gift for entertaining, and a genuine love for music--music that brings people joy on their most joyous of days.

 

Today, Chris lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts with his wife Nichole and their children.

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MusiChris DJ Service
DJ/MC Chris Plankey

Pittsfield, MA

Call: 413.442.9854

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