This week on the Journal, we sat down with British DJ & Producer Cristoph. We talked about his introduction to electronic music, what makes a good producer & DJ and the his future expectations.
Firstly, can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in the industry?
“I am a DJ and Music Producer from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Growing up there was always some sort of music playing in my house so I was constantly surrounded by a wide variety of genres and influences by both my Father and my Brother, so I followed in their footsteps really. I learnt to DJ at a very young age and began playing clubs when I was around 15. Its always been my dream to be a DJ so I knew I needed to learn to produce my own music. Sadly it took the death of a very close friend to push me to start to teach myself. Not long after I started to release music and its all gone from there. I find the whole thing very surreal to be honest.”
What do you think are the key ingredients to becoming a successful DJ & Producer?
“I think you need to be true to yourself. I get sent a lot of music which feels like its forced and the artist is trying to follow the most recent fashionable genre. Believe in yourself and write the music you feel and enjoy.”
How do your track ideas come about? Is there a certain theme you are trying to touch on with your music?
“I take a lot of influences from travelling, you see some great sites on the road. Also when I’m playing I’ll note an area of my set where I would like to play one of my own tracks – a certain style of record and then get to work either straight after the gig or the next day in the studio at home or on my laptop if I am touring. I love writing music and I’m really eager to learn more so I can sit messing around for hours before something comes to me if I don’t have an idea. Ideas can come at any time so I act on them instantly, even just jotting them down on a piece of paper or in the notes in your phone so you don’t forget anything.”
Which of your currently released records are you most proud of and why?
“Of my recent records I would probably say ‘Feel’. I enjoy working with vocalists, but it can be quite difficult to write a track around a vocal or to get a singer to see your vision. Luckily Jem is super easy to work with and totally on my wavelength so this track came together pretty quickly. The main reason being it is the first track ever to be released on Pryda Presents. Eric is my musical hero, as many people know, and I knew he was in to some of my earlier work but for him to have the faith in me to be the first release of his new project is a true honour for me.”
In terms of career progression where do you see yourself in ten years?
“I hope to be making music people enjoy, helping grow my fanbase and people continuing to come watch me when I play. For me we would be nothing without the fans. On top of this I would love to have my own label and run my own parties worldwide.”
Finally, are there any upcoming shows you’re excited to be performing at in 2018?
“I’m really excited about my residency at Hi in Ibiza this summer alongside Eric Prydz and Camelphat. I’m playing some great festivals again this year such as Creamfields, Parklife, Tomorrowland and Hideout. Also in April, I do a North America tour where I’m playing 6 gigs in 8 days, I love the intensity of things like that and I can’t wait for it to start.”