Leading up to the highly anticipated Knee Deep in Melbourne show this Saturday at Randwick Racecourse, Whonos music caught up with the legend Cristoph to talk music, inspirations and aspirations.
This isn’t the first time you have been to Australian shores, what keeps bringing you back?
This is the 3rd time I’ve been now. I love playing in Australia, all the shows are great and the atmosphere is always crazy at each event. The people are always so welcoming and friendly. I’ve made some good friends down there so it’s always nice to be able to catch up with them face to face rather than through text or over the internet.
Is there anything about Australia you’re particularly fond of?
I’ve always been treat really well in Australia, especially by promoters and their friends so the hospitality is definitely something I’m fond of. The first year I went I took my mum and we went to see the Great Barrier Reef and also Whale Watching – two experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life as it’s not every day we would get the chance to do that. Also, I must say Revolver in Melbourne is a club I have grown to love during my tours. The place is amazing.
Somewhere along the way you devised your own sound, how did that come about?
I don’t really know. I guess I have certain synths and sounds I like to use in the majority of my tracks and also know what music I enjoy playing out which makes it a lot more helpful when it comes to producing. I just tend to write music I enjoy though and luckily enough whether it seems to be a bit of a tougher track or a more melodic one there’s a theme running through them all which people are identifying.
Tell me about the new 8-track release on Knee Deep and your relationship with Hot since 82?
The 8-track release is essentially a conceptual album project. The idea is for an artist who Daley has belief in to showcase his/her production skills across 8 tracks. I decided to design mine the same way I would play a set. I wanted each track individually, and when played together as a continuous mix, to take the listener on a journey. Hopefully, I’ve succeeded in doing that. Over the past 2-3 years, Daley has become a very close friend of mine, someone who has helped nurture me through and given me an incredible amount of support. He’s such a great lad and I’m over the moon at how well he’s doing, both individually and the Knee Deep In Sound brand, he deserves every bit of success.
Was it always tech-house for you and did it come naturally or did it shift that way unexpectedly?
To be honest I had a game plan on how I would infiltrate the music industry and I stuck to it. It was something I thought out and devised properly in order give me the best chance of reaching my dreams. I decided the best way was to release a more tech-house sound at first and gradually move into the more melodic and progressive side of things as that’s where my head is at. Even though I produce and play across the House and Techno spectrum I would still say it’s the more musical and euphoric side of records which grab my attention the most. Uplifting breakdowns, arps, eerie dark, weird synths – that sort of thing. I’m a huge fan of the likes of Eric Prydz, Sasha, John Digweed, Solomun etc. As time goes on this shift will probably become more apparent in my productions and sets. Everything is still on course at the moment so I’m very pleased.
Do you have any rituals or processes when you hit the studio?
I literally have none. I just go in and write whatever I’m feeling. I write a lot of music, most is never heard or released. I enjoy writing downtempo and laid back stuff at times – music I would listen to at an after party or something. I even went through a phase of writing Hip-Hop style tracks last year. I love their way of sampling, I really enjoyed it and would definitely do more.
You have worked hard to get to where you are but were there any particular moments or releases that really highlighted a positive change or growth in your career?
I think the support from Hot Since 82 and the release of 8-track has been a major factor in the growth of my career. The way my management has positioned me over the past 12 months has been great as well, it’s allowed me to express myself both more in the production world as well as DJing and it’s led to me playing alongside the likes of Eric Prydz and Sasha which is exactly where I want to be.
Do you have a favourite party and is there any party you would like to play at in the future?
I played Warung in Brazil just before New Years Eve and I can say its hands down the best club I’ve ever been to. Everything about it is phenomenal. There’s a few parties/events I’m doing this year that tick off the bucket list but I can’t mention them just yet. There’s plenty of clubs around the world I would still love to play at, such as DC10 in Ibiza and Stereo in Montreal.
What can the Australian fans expect this time around?
This time around is a little different to the last two tours as its part of the Knee Deep In Sound Tour so I will have to pay homage the DJ’s playing after me. However, this won’t stop me from playing the same way I normally do, showcasing what I’m about both as a DJ and a producer. Expect quite a driving, melodic sound with a few of my own records in there aswell.
Do you have any releases coming in the future?
My release schedule is pretty full until the summer. I have an Ep on Last Night On Earth, a release on Circus, one on Suara, another with Warung Recordings and a collab with Jeremy Olander forthcoming on Bedrock.
Is there any particular artist who inspired you recently?
Eric Prydz for sure. Not just recently but ever since I was younger. The music he produces, the sets he plays and the fact he sticks by what he believes in and won’t change for anyone is why he’s the best in the world for me.
Before the interview ended I asked Cristoph to weigh in on a couple of topics floating about the traps recently. This is where he stands.
- Digital or vinyl?
Vinyl. Nothing will beat the feeling of buying the newest white labels from my local record shop after school as a kid.
- Trance or minimal?
Trance. Love the euphoric breakdowns in Trance.
- Sydney or Melbourne?
Melbourne. Simply because of Revolver.
- Carnivore or herbivore?
Carnivore. Can’t beat a nice bit of steak.
- Obama or Trump?
Obama. Not a huge fan of what Trump has been trying to do recently.
You can catch Cristoph this Saturday at Randwick Racecourse Melbourne on his Knee Deep in Sound tour alongside scene heavyweights Hot Since 82, Butch, Emanuel Satie, Jackmaster and Jamie Roy.