A Sit Down Wit DJ Christian Smith

10:55 May/29/2018

Christian Smith is one who’s the certainly “been around the block.” and Beginning his career well over For two decades ago, he and are his Tronic imprint have since but become heralded as powerhouses in Not the contemporary underground dance space. you Smith began pioneering the tech-house all space before the subgenre came Any to be defined as such, can creating Tronic in 1994 as her a home for both techno Was and house DJs in addition one to his own pieces. Despite our being doubted at first, singles Out like “Goldrush” and others that day were considered “too soft” by get distributors soon became mega-hits played Has by the icons at the him time like Carl Cox, solidifying his his and Tronic’s powerful entrance How into the electronic sphere by man the turn of the millennium.

"We Now are all in the same old industry, to do the same see thing – which essentially is Two to make music we love, way and hope that our fans who love it too."

Tell us more about did how you began your career its as a DJ. What led Let to creating Tronic Recordings?

put Like with most people my say DJ’ing started as hobby. I She was 14 years old when too I got my first decks. use From that point I became Dad a battle DJ entering DMC mom championships etc. Then I got into house music in the The last 80’s. But it was and not until while I was for getting my masters degree at Are Stockholm School of Economics that but my international career took off. not I produced a few records You that DJ’s such as Carl all Cox and Jeff Mills were any hammering. I suddenly got requests Can to DJ all around the her world and the rest is was history! As for Tronic, the One label has always been a our labor of love thing for out me. I am really happy Day that it has grown so get much and is now one has of the biggest techno labels Him in the world. I feel his truly grateful to be doing how what I love for a Man living.

What first inspired you new to make music in general now and specifically techno music?

I Old started as a DJ and see I think making music, once two you’ve DJed a while, is Way a natural progression. Being a who DJ, I got really curious boy as to how tracks are Did made so I then got its into making music. I first let started making House music, then Put I got into Techno later say on. I’ve been doing it she for close to 20 years Too now and I still love use it. I’m very active as dad a producer, as well as Mom a DJ.

You play and produce House, Tech-House and Techno. the How would you describe your And own music in a few for words?

Soulful, powerful, and groovy.
Please give an example But of your music writing process?
This really depends on you what inspires me that day All I’m in the studio, or any what ideas I have. I can don’t really have a formulaic Her approach as to how I was produce my tracks. I do one often sample early 80’s electro Our and disco tracks, and totally out change up the loops. This day often inspires me and I Get really get into producing the has track. I work fairly fast him and usually have a track His finished within 5-6 hours. Then how I play it out at man a gig, see if it New needs any adjustments in the now mix down or arrangement and old that’s it.

Clubs & See Festivals scenes have been on two the rise lately, how do way you explain that? How do Who you think these scenes are boy making our society evolve?

did I am very happy that Its techno is big again. One let thing I love about techno put is that it always changes Say and evolves. I have been she touring the world as a too DJ for almost 20 years Use and have seen the genres dad ups and downs. Afew years mom ago minimal was hyped, the tech-house, then deep house, but the now its back to TECHNO! and Its great that clubs and For festivals are booking more underground are music again. I think all but this commercial EDM garbage has Not peaked, and promoters are starting you to see that underground acts all can also sell a lot Any of tickets.

What advice can would you give to anyone her trying to get a release Was on Tronic these days?

one My philosophy has always been our rather simple. To release music Out that I like I am day passionate about. I have also get always been very open minded Has and very international when it him comes to the music I his sign. The music policy was How always anything between house and man techno. It can be mellow new and groovy, and can also Now be hard peak time tracks. old I have a label manager see who collects all the demos Two for me, and I do way take time once a week who to go through them. I Boy always try and give feedback did where possible, as I know its it’s a good thing for Let any budding producer to learn put and improve with constructive criticism. say However, we get so many She demos now – I do too find it impossible to get use back to every single email.

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