Growing up, Chris Alton had close ties to Milton Keynes, and regularly skated at the Buszy Building. He now lives and works in Croydon.. Alton’s work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions, whether deploying disco music in opposition to fascism, recording a rhythm ‘n’ blues album about tax avoidance, or proposing art schools be built over golf courses.
In 2012, Chris Alton founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), a multifaceted protest movement, which aimed to reclaim the EDL acronym of the English Defence League. Drawing upon the history and etymology of disco, as a site of musical resistance, Alton redeployed the genre in opposition to a contemporary expression of fascism. English Disco Lovers (EDL) found form in online occupations (e.g. Googlebombing the ‘EDL’ acronym), street-level protests, club nights, talks and exhibitions.
"Ever heard of the English Disco Lovers? A fantastic online project trying to outgun (or rather outlove) their acronym twin - the racist English Defence League” Hito Steyerl (filmmaker and artist)