Kontrast Mini-Mix #16.4 - CTSD

The random, unpredictable nature of modular synthesis forms the core elements of CTSD’s tracks, with complex and unique sounds defining his style. Experimenting with unusual sounds with a focus on dance floor orientated techno is key to CTSD’s sound.

His up coming release Parallel reveals influences of warehouse orientated techno in combination with his abrasive industrial hardcore roots. The hard hitting 3 track EP is set to be released on Johannesburg based label Occhiolism in May, closely followed by a single release on local label Nervous Afflication later in the year.

In addition to his productions CTSD has formerly co-run warehouse parties in Sydney under the brand “Front Left.” These events began as a direct result of the infamous Sydney lock out laws, and further tightened his focus on the industrial warehouse sound.

You originate from Sydney, who’s nightlife has been declining badly lately due to government laws. But before all this happen, Sydney had a glorious club music scene. Can you tell us one of your favourite moments out from your days in Sydney?

Despite crushing the club scene, the lockouts inspired an underground movement that produced a thriving scene in its own right. Promoters were forced to become more creative and crafty with the way they threw parties, using previously unused locations. Warehouses, abandoned buildings, obscure outdoor spaces, industrial areas and discreet inner city locations all become the focus of the underground scene. I myself threw a few parties under the brand “Front Left” back in 2016 and they were easily some of my favourite moments from my days back in Sydney. Having the ability to deliver a party driven by truly talented and inspired local talent was something special. The government can take the party away from the people but they can’t take the people away from the party, and Sydney has been an example of that.

What’s the most important part of making music for you? It’s so important for me to feel something when making making music. If you can’t move to your own music who can?

I take what I’ve felt from other producers tracks or at gigs and translate that into my own music. There’s an abundance of amazing producers and brilliantly curated events making the sources of inspiration seem endless. Turning those blurry 6am memories into music is what I enjoy most.

How do you feel about people compromising their music taste to succeed in the scene?

I’ve never understood this. How can there be any form of fulfilment when you commoditize “your music” as a way of gaining popularity to further your “career” as a DJ? I believe most artists would continue to create music whether the scene existed or not. More often than not these people motives quickly become apparent to anyone that truly cares about the music. You can’t replace genuine artist integrity with flavours of the month and a witty social media presence.

Tracks list:

  1. SNTS – Origin of Light
  2. Reeko – Electric Phenomenon (Remake)
  3. Patrick Siech – Sektor 214
  4. CTSD – Redline
  5. CTSD – Disorder
  6. CTSD – Parallel
  7. Stave – Hardened Chord (Regis Remix)

KONTRAST COLLECTIVE is a group of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. Apart from organising events we love to shine light on Australia’s best upcoming and veteran DJ’s. The sixteenth round of the KONTRAST Mini-Mix Series will run from April 3rd to 24th, with an exclusive podcast from each artist along with a short interview to get to know them better.

Mini-Mix Series #16:

#16.1 – April 3 – Ellie Walsh
#16.2 – April 10 – Josh Wain
#16.3 – April 17 – Jackson Ruan
#16.4 – April 24 – CTSD

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