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| image            = [[File:Chris DeMakes performs in 2019 at Propaganda in Lake Worth, Florida.jpg]]
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| image            = Chris DeMakes performs in 2019 at Propaganda in Lake Worth, Florida.jpg
 
| caption          = Chris DeMakes performing in 2019
 
| caption          = Chris DeMakes performing in 2019
 
| background      = solo_singer
 
| background      = solo_singer
 
| birth_name      = Christopher DeMakes
 
| birth_name      = Christopher DeMakes
| birth_date      = {{birth date and age|1973|9|27}}
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| birth_date      = {{birth date and age|1973|9|27}}, [[Livonia]], [[Michigan]], [[United States]]
 
| origin          = [[Gainesville, Florida|Gainesville]], United States
 
| origin          = [[Gainesville, Florida|Gainesville]], United States
 
| years_active    = 1992–present
 
| years_active    = 1992–present
 
| genre            = [[Ska punk]], [[pop punk]], [[reggae]], [[punk rock]]
 
| genre            = [[Ska punk]], [[pop punk]], [[reggae]], [[punk rock]]
| instrument      = [[Vocal]]s, [[guitar]]
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| instrument      = [[Guitar]]
| label            = [[Warner Bros Records|Warner Brothers Records]],[[Asian Man Records|Asian Man]], [[No Idea Records|No Idea]], [[Capitol Records|Capitol]], [[Fat Wreck Chords]], [[Fueled by Ramen]], [[Sire Records|Sire]], [[Sleep It Off Records|Sleep It Off]]
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| label            = [[Warner Bros Records|Warner Brothers Records]],[[Asian Man Records|Asian Man]], [[No Idea Records|No Idea]], [[Capitol Records|Capitol Records]], [[Fat Wreck Chords]], [[Fueled by Ramen]], [[Sire Records|Sire]], [[Sleep It Off Records|Sleep It Off]]
| associated_acts  = [[Less Than Jake]], Let's Go Solo
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| associated_acts  = [[Less Than Jake]]
 
| website          =  
 
| website          =  
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| occupation      = [[Singer]], [[Guitarist]], [[Songwriter]]
 
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}}
  
'''Christopher Douglas DeMakes''' (born September 27, 1973), known professionally as Chris DeMakes, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. DeMakes is known for his stage presence and gained fame as the lead singer of the [[Ska punk|ska-punk]] band [[Less Than Jake]] that was formed in 1992 with fellow band member [[Vinnie Fiorello]]. The band reached major success while touring on the [[Warped Tour|Vans Warped Tour]]. DeMakes and the Gainesville-based band is still playing 130 to 150 shows a year.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/things-to-do-fort-lauderdale-less-than-jake-at-culture-room-april-6-11137231|title=Seminal Ska-Punk Band Less Than Jake: "The Cockroaches of the Music Industry"|last=Hardee|first=Howard|date=2019-04-04|website=Miami New Times|access-date=2019-12-04}}</ref>
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'''Christopher Douglas DeMakes''' (born September 27, 1973), known professionally as Chris DeMakes, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. DeMakes is known for his phenomenal stage presence and gained fame as the lead singer of the [[Ska punk|ska-punk]] band [[Less Than Jake]] that was formed in 1992 with fellow band member [[Vinnie Fiorello]]. The band reached major success while touring on the [[Warped Tour|Vans Warped Tour]]. DeMakes and the Gainesville-based band continue to tour across the United States and internationally where they average between 130 to 150 shows a year.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/things-to-do-fort-lauderdale-less-than-jake-at-culture-room-april-6-11137231|title=Seminal Ska-Punk Band Less Than Jake: "The Cockroaches of the Music Industry"|last=Hardee|first=Howard|date=2019-04-04|website=Miami New Times|access-date=2019-12-04}}</ref>
  
Besides his long-tenured career as guitarist and lead singer of Less Than Jake, DeMakes has performed as a solo artist since 2014. In December 2019, DeMakes solo work led to his latest musical endeavor, a side project where he composes custom songs and jingles. Since starting the "Let's Go Solo Tour" in 2014, DeMakes has made it widely known that he doesn't play any Less Than Jake songs while performing as a solo artist. DeMakes has found himself touring as a solo artist, something he didn't initially set out to do.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.news-press.com/story/entertainment/2018/12/26/less-than-jakes-chris-demakes-plays-solo-show-cape-corals-rackem/2405867002/|title=Less Than Jake singer/guitarist plays solo show in Cape Coral. Just don’t expect the hits.|last=Runnells|first=Charles|website=The News-Press|language=en|access-date=2019-12-06}}</ref>
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Besides his long-tenured career as guitarist and lead singer of Less Than Jake, DeMakes has continuously toured and performed as a solo artist since 2014. In December 2019, DeMakes solo work led to his latest musical endeavor, a side project where he composes custom songs and jingles. Since starting the "Let's Go Solo Tour" in 2014, DeMakes performs his original music along with a few hand selected songs from Less Than Jake. In a 2018 interview with the [[The News-Press|Fort Myers News Press]], DeMakes mentions that he initially didn't set out to be a solo artist, but has found himself touring as a solo act, something he didn't initially set out to do.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.news-press.com/story/entertainment/2018/12/26/less-than-jakes-chris-demakes-plays-solo-show-cape-corals-rackem/2405867002/|title=Less Than Jake singer/guitarist plays solo show in Cape Coral. Just don’t expect the hits.|last=Runnells|first=Charles|website=The News-Press|language=en|access-date=2019-12-06}}</ref>
  
 
==Early life==
 
==Early life==
DeMakes was born Christopher Douglas DeMakes on Thursday, September 27, 1973, to Doug and Sharon DeMakes in the city of [[Livonia, Michigan|Livonia]], [[Michigan]], and grew up in [[Port Charlotte, Florida|Port Charlotte]], [[Florida]].[1] He attended [[Port Charlotte High School]]. With an interest in baseball from his father who was a professional baseball player in the [[Detroit Tigers]] organization, DeMakes was a starting pitcher on the high school varsity baseball team. His interest in music came from his parents, both of whom were musicians and encouraged him to learn music. In 1989, while still attending high school, DeMakes and childhood friend Vinnie Fiorello formed their first band "Needless Guilt" at the age of 16. The duo went on to form a second band 'Good Grief' in 1990 adding friend bassist Shaun Grief. After graduating high school in 1991, Good Grief broke up because DeMakes moved to [[Gainesville, Florida|Gainesville]] to attend the [[University of Florida]] where he majored in telecommunications. While attending college, he continued to have an interest in music and was joined six months later by high school friend [[Vinnie Fiorello]] and shortly thereafter formed [[Less Than Jake]] in 1992.  
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DeMakes was born Christopher Douglas DeMakes on Thursday, September 27, 1973, to parents Doug and Sharon DeMakes in the city of [[Livonia, Michigan|Livonia]], [[Michigan]], and grew up in [[Port Charlotte, Florida|Port Charlotte]], [[Florida]].[1] He attended [[Port Charlotte High School]], where he was a starting pitcher on the high school baseball team. His interest in sports began at an early age where he played in little league and inspired by his father, who was a professional baseball player in the [[Detroit Tigers]] organization. The allure of music into his life originated from his parents, both of whom were musicians and encouraged him to learn to play music. In 1989, while still attending high school, DeMakes and childhood friend Vinnie Fiorello formed their first band "Needless Guilt" at the age of 16. Several years later, the duo went on to form a second band "Good Grief" with friend bassist Shaun Grief. After graduating high school in 1991, "Good Grief" broke up because DeMakes had moved to [[Gainesville, Florida|Gainesville]], Florida to attend the [[University of Florida]] where he majored in telecommunications. While attending college, he continued to have an interest in music and was joined six months later by high school friend [[Vinnie Fiorello]] and shortly thereafter formed [[Less Than Jake]] in the summer of 1992.  
  
 
==Less Than Jake==
 
==Less Than Jake==
DeMakes is the lead singer and guitarist for [[Less Than Jake]] and has appeared on all of [[Less Than Jake]]'s albums.  
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DeMakes is the lead singer and guitarist for [[Less Than Jake]], a band that he and [[Vinnie Fiorello]] formed in 1992. DeMakes is the longest-tenured member of the band and has appeared on all eight of [[Less Than Jake]]'s studio albums.  
  
DeMakes and Vinnie Fiorello formed [[Less Than Jake]] in 1992.
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==Solo career==
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Chris DeMakes has toured and performed as a solo artist under the moniker 'Let's Go Solo'<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.cltampa.com/music/show-previews/article/21038756/tampa-bay-live-music-thursday-with-chris-demakes-greyson-charnock-and-more|title=Tampa Bay live music Thursday with Chris DeMakes, Greyson Charnock and more|website=Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay|language=en|access-date=2019-12-12}}</ref> since 2014. He released his first solo work "Up" on a 7" record called "Ska Goes Solo" with touring partner JT Turret<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://rvamag.com/music/show-picks/rva-shows-you-must-see-this-week-18-114/|title=RVA Shows You Must See This Week: 1/8-1/14|last=Necci|first=Marilyn Drew|date=2014-01-08|website=RVA Mag|language=en-US|access-date=2019-12-12}}</ref> to moderate success in 2014. DeMakes solo tours have continued to advance every year where he continues to perform for audiences in the United States and internationally.
  
==Solo career==
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DeMakes has collaborated with other notable artists by providing vocals and guitar work on other records including [[Descendents]] guitarist, Stephen Egerton's 2010 song “Print On Paper” from the album “Seven Degrees Of Stephen Egerton." In 2015, DeMakes provided vocals for New Found Glory's single “Ready and Willing.” In 2017, DeMakes provided vocals for Rare Breed, a reggae project that was released by music label Paper and Plastick. Also in 2017, he was invited to perform in [[São Paulo]], [[Brazil]] with longtime Gainesville punk rock band [[Hot Water Music]].  
Chris DeMakes has performed as a solo artist under the moniker 'Let's Go Solo' since 2014. He released his first solo song "Up" on a 7" record called "Ska Goes Solo" with touring partner JT Turret in 2014. DeMakes has collaborated with other notable artists by providing vocals and guitar work on other records including [[Descendents]] guitarist, Stephen Egerton's 2010 song “Print On Paper” from the album “Seven Degrees Of Stephen Egerton." In 2015, DeMakes provided vocals for New Found Glory's single “Ready and Willing.” In 2017, DeMakes provided vocals for Rare Breed, a reggae project that was released by music label Paper and Plastick. Also in 2017, he was invited to perform in [[São Paulo]], [[Brazil]] with longtime Gainesville punk rock band [[Hot Water Music]].  
 
  
 
==Charity work==
 
==Charity work==
Inspired by the caregivers who cared for his grandmother during her final six months of life, DeMakes wrote and recorded “I’ll Be Your Eyes” a song he dedicated to the loving memory of his grandmother. The song was part of a split 7” solo record with Steve Neurotic. All proceeds from the song are part of DeMakes effort to raise funds for Tidewell Hospice in Southwest Florida. His efforts have raised over $10,000 to date.  
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Inspired by the caregivers who cared for his grandmother during her final six months of life, DeMakes wrote and recorded “I’ll Be Your Eyes” a song he dedicated to the loving memory of his grandmother. The song was part of a split 7” solo record with Steve Neurotic.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.punknews.org/article/62409/chris-demakes-and-steve-and-the-neurotics-to-release-charity-7-inch|title=Chris DeMakes and Steve and the Neurotics to release charity 7-inch|last=Punknews.org|website=www.punknews.org|language=en|access-date=2019-12-12}}</ref> All proceeds from the song are part of DeMakes attempt to raise funds for Tidewell Hospice<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://substreammagazine.com/2015/12/members-of-less-than-jake-and-hot-water-music-release-gospel-power-ballad/|title=Members of Less Than Jake and Hot Water Music release gospel-tinged power ballad for charity|last=Heisel|first=Scott|date=2015-12-23|website=Substream Magazine|language=en-US|access-date=2019-12-12}}</ref> in Southwest Florida. His efforts have raised over $10,000 to date.  
  
 
==Personal life==
 
==Personal life==
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Musical artist

Christopher Douglas DeMakes (born September 27, 1973), known professionally as Chris DeMakes, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. DeMakes is known for his phenomenal stage presence and gained fame as the lead singer of the ska-punk band Less Than Jake that was formed in 1992 with fellow band member Vinnie Fiorello. The band reached major success while touring on the Vans Warped Tour. DeMakes and the Gainesville-based band continue to tour across the United States and internationally where they average between 130 to 150 shows a year.[1]

Besides his long-tenured career as guitarist and lead singer of Less Than Jake, DeMakes has continuously toured and performed as a solo artist since 2014. In December 2019, DeMakes solo work led to his latest musical endeavor, a side project where he composes custom songs and jingles. Since starting the "Let's Go Solo Tour" in 2014, DeMakes performs his original music along with a few hand selected songs from Less Than Jake. In a 2018 interview with the Fort Myers News Press, DeMakes mentions that he initially didn't set out to be a solo artist, but has found himself touring as a solo act, something he didn't initially set out to do.[2]

Early life

DeMakes was born Christopher Douglas DeMakes on Thursday, September 27, 1973, to parents Doug and Sharon DeMakes in the city of Livonia, Michigan, and grew up in Port Charlotte, Florida.[1] He attended Port Charlotte High School, where he was a starting pitcher on the high school baseball team. His interest in sports began at an early age where he played in little league and inspired by his father, who was a professional baseball player in the Detroit Tigers organization. The allure of music into his life originated from his parents, both of whom were musicians and encouraged him to learn to play music. In 1989, while still attending high school, DeMakes and childhood friend Vinnie Fiorello formed their first band "Needless Guilt" at the age of 16. Several years later, the duo went on to form a second band "Good Grief" with friend bassist Shaun Grief. After graduating high school in 1991, "Good Grief" broke up because DeMakes had moved to Gainesville, Florida to attend the University of Florida where he majored in telecommunications. While attending college, he continued to have an interest in music and was joined six months later by high school friend Vinnie Fiorello and shortly thereafter formed Less Than Jake in the summer of 1992.

Less Than Jake

DeMakes is the lead singer and guitarist for Less Than Jake, a band that he and Vinnie Fiorello formed in 1992. DeMakes is the longest-tenured member of the band and has appeared on all eight of Less Than Jake's studio albums.

Solo career

Chris DeMakes has toured and performed as a solo artist under the moniker 'Let's Go Solo'[3] since 2014. He released his first solo work "Up" on a 7" record called "Ska Goes Solo" with touring partner JT Turret[4] to moderate success in 2014. DeMakes solo tours have continued to advance every year where he continues to perform for audiences in the United States and internationally.

DeMakes has collaborated with other notable artists by providing vocals and guitar work on other records including Descendents guitarist, Stephen Egerton's 2010 song “Print On Paper” from the album “Seven Degrees Of Stephen Egerton." In 2015, DeMakes provided vocals for New Found Glory's single “Ready and Willing.” In 2017, DeMakes provided vocals for Rare Breed, a reggae project that was released by music label Paper and Plastick. Also in 2017, he was invited to perform in São Paulo, Brazil with longtime Gainesville punk rock band Hot Water Music.

Charity work

Inspired by the caregivers who cared for his grandmother during her final six months of life, DeMakes wrote and recorded “I’ll Be Your Eyes” a song he dedicated to the loving memory of his grandmother. The song was part of a split 7” solo record with Steve Neurotic.[5] All proceeds from the song are part of DeMakes attempt to raise funds for Tidewell Hospice[6] in Southwest Florida. His efforts have raised over $10,000 to date.

Personal life

DeMakes is married and has two children.

References

External links

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