Recently described by BBC Radio Scotlands most eloquent broadcaster Tom Morton as "scots musical legend Harry Macari", one of the founder members of and formerly with Aberdeen psychedelic jazz outfit HotLips, synth player and keyboardist with would be Ellon funking superstars Worser Than Louis, Chris Hance first came up with the name Data Thieves for the band back in the early nineties, when insider dealing at the stock exchange earned the distinctive phrase, and rightly appeared an appropriate misnomer for those involved in sampling and beat cutting in the brave new post second summer of love synth era.
Although during the nineties a few demos were released under the name Data Thieves, Chris continued to release work under the name Pumpkinman, Beat Freex, Mandrax Babies, and Gator Swamp Terrorists, as well as playing regular gigs with alt country band Subtle Impact, and Aberlour band Angels Dram.
A guest appearance in Infinite TV with Rod Gibbs of Malfunction at Aberdeens East Neuk bar in the mid nineties was an incentive for Chris to be drawn back toward a larger audience than the highland league football social club gig circut:)
On leaving the highland croft where he had enjoyed idyllic retreat in the mid nineties for the bright lights of civilization down on the coast, Chris enjoyed success with the Aberdeen band Halcion Daze including television appearances and recordings made at World Sound teaching studio.
After a short hiatus, Chris then went on to play several engagements(raves and gigs) under the name Data Thieves, and started releasing work online.
Achieving record download numbers for a scots artist Data Thieves went on to be one of the most successful online scots artists at the time, attaining over 53000 downloads in two years on MP3.com.
A fairly reasonable total for a scots underground artist.
In between ones and zeros, Chris was also drafted in to play synth with alt indie stars The Famous Prostitute which featured Mark Rowson. and later with some recording projects involving top scots female bassist Seana Carroll with duo Riverbend.
Chris has also recently released an ambient, chamber and orchestral album, "Aberdeen Ambient Artist - Aspire"
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Data Thieves - I'm Gonna Love You
Interesting Love Song
Data Thieves - Running Up
Data Thieves - Hate And War And Blood
Data Thieves - Arming The Third World
Looking at the military industrial complex
Data Thieves - True Belief
Short punk rock tune
Data Thieves - Satire Day Retro Shock
Data Thieves - Minor Fraudster
Data Thieves - Another Dream
Data Thieves - Now Is The Time
Peace and love
Data Thieves - Propaganda
Data Thieves - Streets Towns Cities World
Song about the revolution
Data Thieves - Vive
Apple Of My Eye
A nice traditional folk song
Conspiracy Of Silence
Do You Know What It's Like To Be Hated
From the heart
Stress Relieved Replacement
A song about the system
Jump Jive IMP edit
Bell of St Bastion
Dead Swan lake
A Tchaikovsky piece re-interpreted
How could this happen
Gator Swamp Blues
Tax Case Fraud
All about a football club
Nondes_c_r_i_p_t punk jam
Improvised around Bags Groove
How Could You Be A Punk
All These Ghosts
This can happen to anyone
Drivel On The Radio
There's drivel on the radio and everybody knows, the DJ is in the pouch of the record Cojo
Another Nu Jazz Waltz(Macs Tune)
Improvised Ambient Piece
Improvised ambient piece
An improvised ambient piece
Pray For Palestine
Ambient synth track
Make Love Not War
Short sweet message
An improvisation of Cuban Blues and The Candle Song
Harry Macari-Cool Blooze
A nice little lounge jam
Harry Macari - The City I Lived
Harry Macari - The Shitheep I Left
Jammin' the scratch guitar
6/3/2016 3:59:12 PM
Sure i seen the Data thieves somewhere in Aberdeen. I was at college in Aberdeen in the 90,s played bass for a band from Aberdeen. I was always at Cafe Drummonds on a Thursday sometimes Tuesdays if the band was any good. Amazing time because everyone was dumping there vinyl for cds. The record shops were crammed with cheap vinyl. Fopp was my fav
12/30/2015 10:33:01 PM
Congrats on your Golden Kayak nomination Chris, good luck from bryon
9/2/2015 1:30:46 PM
nice to see you Chris ... hope everything is good man !
8/7/2015 2:26:02 PM
Really like your new piece "Bells of St. Bastion," groovy sounds, happenin' vibe, organ, sax, maybe bagpipes lol, atmospheric, and also bubbly...
8/3/2014 12:12:35 PM
Nu Candle Wax
11/22/2013 2:16:31 AM
Thankyou Chandra, good to see you :)
5/19/2013 3:00:58 PM
Welcome back! Great tracks!
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