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How Love Island helped me launch my music career

PUBLISHED: 19:21 26 July 2019

OKTOBA  is an up and coming musician from Suffolk who is beginning to get noticed Picture: CHIP PHILLIPS

OKTOBA is an up and coming musician from Suffolk who is beginning to get noticed Picture: CHIP PHILLIPS

Picture: CHIP PHILLIPS

The ITV programme has given a homegrown songwriter a helping hand in getting his music career off the ground.

The first time Chris aka OKTOBA saw his track ‘Chance’ in the Shazam UK Chart Picture: STEPHANIE HUTTONThe first time Chris aka OKTOBA saw his track ‘Chance’ in the Shazam UK Chart Picture: STEPHANIE HUTTON

It's the show that gets everyone talking - and this summer, the ITV programme Love Island has given a homegrown songwriter a helping hand in getting his music career off the ground.

Chris Athorne, 33, professionally known as OKTOBA, began his musical journey at a very young age on the family piano in Boxford near Sudbury before picking up a guitar at 18 years old.

Since then, Chris has continued pushing forward, playing in a band called This Boy Wonders and performing at Reading and Leeds Festival through BBC Introducing, the radio's platform supporting unsigned and undiscovered talent.

Completely self-taught, Mr Athorne ventured out on to the music scene by himself five years ago and has been trying to get his music heard ever since.

Chris performing at the Latitude Festival in 2016 selected to play by BBC Introducing in Suffolk Picture: JOHN BOWNAS/VIRTUAL FESTIVALSChris performing at the Latitude Festival in 2016 selected to play by BBC Introducing in Suffolk Picture: JOHN BOWNAS/VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

Step forward Love Island, who have now played two of his songs on the show - It Must Be Love and Chance, causing a much welcome surge in popularity.

After featuring on the show, Chance has received over 100,000 plays on Spotify and risen to number 41 in the Shazam UK chart, as well as number 80 on iTunes.

"Any aspiring musician will know the hard graft that it takes to try and get your music heard," he said. "It's a very long and tough road. So it felt incredible that my tracks were used. Albeit, very surreal and overwhelmingly exciting."

Celebrating his airplay on Love Island with Tux the cat Picture: STEPHANIE HUTTONCelebrating his airplay on Love Island with Tux the cat Picture: STEPHANIE HUTTON

Working in a group of three, Mr Athorne feels fortunate when it comes to producing his music and said: "For the last two years I have worked with a great producer, Ben Townsend and an amazing mixing engineer, Jack Ruston.

"We work in Jack's professional studio and I always feel super lucky to work with the team that I do."

Mr Athorne lives in Brighton but is a regular visitor to Woodbridge where his mother, former mayoress Clare Perkins, lives.

When asked about the future, he said: "I'm focused on a new album, with plans to release my next single late summer or early autumn. I'm really excited and can't wait for people to hear what we've been working on.

He added: "I will be playing more live shows with my next on August 6 headlining at The Brunswick, Brighton. There will be London dates too."

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