In the year 2000, Cris Herrera began DJing. Five years of early gigs helped him develop his style, and then things took off. Cris began to play Doc Martin’s shows, hand-picked by the famed selector. He created and curated Lifted for 11 years. Soul On Beat, his project in tandem with Siesta Records, celebrated its tenth anniversary last year. He’s well-known for the Sunday house music party Souleil, which started almost a decade ago at Lei Lounge, moved into what was then Bourbon Street next door, then onto Gossip Grill and Rich’s, continuing to travel venues throughout San Diego. Souleil was a special party, it originated as a “boy’s party” from Cris’ recognition of the LGBT community and their relationship with house and techno, and now is a pan-sexual dancefloor welcoming all. He’s played around the world from Mexico to Mallorca, and teamed up with San Diego’s most prolific and sustainable event crews to bring to life the West Coast Weekender music conference. Cris has most certainly made his mark on the music scene..
With such a respected, near-two decade DJ career, it surprises some that when asked what he does for a living, Cris responds he’s in the restaurant business.