EDM producer Corey Baker chose his performing moniker Kill Paris after reading Romeo and Juliet at the age of 16. This weekend, the Indiana-based glitch-hop creator has decided to change his name to Chill Harris after a deadly wave of terrorist attacks in the French capital killed nearly 130 people and wounded more than 352 others.
Baker, who plays Higher Ground in South Burlington on Friday, November 20, relayed the news via his Facebook page, writing, in part, that what his “music stands for is love and peace, and I hope my fans know that… I do not want people to get the wrong idea about me and my music just because I’ve gone under a particular pseudonym.”
Read his full statement below.
“By it’s definition a name is just a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to. When I chose my name as an artist at the age of 16, it was after reading “Romeo and Juliet.” Paris was the name of Juliet’s rich and entitled suitor. I meant it as satire against a side of life that that tries to hold creativity and love down. From the beginning, it has always stood for sharing and focusing on the good and positive things in life, instead of magnifying and supporting the negatives in life.
While there is tragedy everywhere, every day, and every person has their own, the events in Paris yesterday have made me feel that my name as an artist is not appropriate anymore. What my music stands for is love and peace, and I hope my fans know that. Moving forward, I do not want people to get the wrong idea about me and my music just because I’ve gone under a particular pseudonym. I am dropping my old moniker and will now use the name Chill Harris.
My music has always been about sharing the moments with others where no language is needed to understand each-other. I will continue to share the love, and stay true to the music. I believe music helps us connect and understand each other. We need this understanding and respect for each other more than ever right now.
All of this said, this is NOTHING compared with what the people of France are going through right now. Please keep your thoughts with them. No matter your creed, age, place of birth or any other label that society has decided to create, we are all in this together. It’s so tragic when a few can forget this and cause so much pain to the rest of us.
Chill Harris Tour Dates
Wed 11/18/15 U Street Music Hall Washington DC
Fri 11/20/15 Higher Ground South Burlington VT
Fri 11/27/15 Mezzanine San Francisco CA
Thu 12/03/15 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI
Sat 12/05/15 Kingdom Austin TX
Sat 12/12/15 The Republik Honolulu HI
Thu 12/17/15 Bassment of Euphoria Nightclub Portland OR
Sat 12/19/15 The Regent Theater Los Angeles CA
Thu 01/21/16 SKY SLC Salt Lake City UT
Fri 01/22/16 The Blue Note Columbia MO
Sat 01/23/16 Majestic Theatre Madison WI