First event – Wiridjil Young Farmers Disco (Jan 25 2011)

Chris Barks began his business back in 2011 to originally help fund his dream of becoming an airline pilot, a dream that was long held. A video about this dream can be found here. But when that dream was realized to not work out, he began pushing hard to build a production business with the aim of providing high end entertainment products and solutions to the local entertainment industry.

The business started with a $1,000 investment for hobby/private use, with 2x 12′ speakers and a small format mixer to begin with. Lighting was then added to the setup, and after gaining some local interest and gigs, Chris began to finally get more equipment of higher quality.

His first wedding gig was held on 21 Feb 2015 in Colac, where the client (not known personally to Chris at the time) was warned and aware that it was the first wedding for the business. He finished the event and left with some great comments from guests and the clients which helped grow the business and gain more events. This was when the local wedding market realised Chris’ ability which started becoming his primary business income.

Corangamite Shire Battle Of The Bands (June 2016)

Fast forward years of growth and expansion, education and more events, Chris has now built a reputation locally providing sound systems, lighting and FX to many public and private events in South West and Western Victoria.

Now 24, he has gained a Diploma of Arts (Audio Production) and now studies part time at Collarts in Melbourne, gaining his Batchelor Of Arts (Audio Production). He travels 3 times per week to the city to study whilst also living in Camperdown, running the business and performing other production work outside his business.

He is a freelance Events tech (specialising in Audio and Lighting), and is also the Acting Operations, Event Support and Technical Officer for the Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre, working anythig from Corporate events, Live Performances to other Theatre Shows.
Chris has also obtained his Avid Pro Tools 12 certification during his time at Collarts, has his Audinate Dante Level 3 Audio Networking certification, and is also a HDBaseT Expert Installer.

In that time, Chris Barks DJ has worked on events with some big names in the local and broader entertainment industries and gained a great portfolio of work. Some of his previous clients and events his worked on include;

Geelong Advertiser F+TM 180119[2]
Extract from Geelong Advertiser (Jan 18 2019) featuring Chris Barks
  • Day On The Green
    • John Farnham (with supports from Richard Marx, Bachelor Girl, Russell Morris and Daryl Braithwaite)
    • Florence + The Machine (with supports from Jack River, and Marlon Williams)
  • The Coodabeens Champions
  • Darren Hart (Harts)
  • Palace of the King
  • Tim Henwood (Rogue Traders)
  • Camperdown Show
  • Noorat Show
  • Corangamite Shire
  • Colac Otway Shire
  • Moyne Shire
  • Deakin University
  • Cobden Spring Festival
  • St. Patricks Primary School (Camperdown)
  • The Whalers Hotel
  • Gallery Nightclub
  • and many more!