To achieve success in life, one has to make sure they never give up on their dreams, keep fighting against all odds and put in your everything to make things happen. That’s exactly what a teenager in Newcastle thought when he was sneaking into his local club to DJ. While all of his friends were out and about, CJ was listening to and mixing the hottest house music records in his dugout at home. We are talking about the one and only Cristoph.
Inspired by the Chicago house scene whilst growing up in Newcastle, England, Cristoph sought influence from the sounds of acts like Masters at Work and the progressive tones of Sasha & Digweed, as well as his own upbringings. With Cristoph’s brother landing him his first spot in a local Newcastle venue, the DJ’s father was the figure responsible for the purchase of his first pair of decks. Mastering his craft on vinyl, Cristoph soon started to hone his talents in the studio, receiving his first big break via the tutorship of Hot Since 82, aka Daley Padley.
Starting off with a more house/tech-house influence, Cristoph quickly found his true calling – In Your Face Progressive Tunes. And once he knew that progressive house was what really brought out the producer in him, there was no stopping him. Releasing his early music on Knee Deep In Sound, it wasn’t long until he caught Eric Prydz’s eye. The Swedish progressive house stalwart quickly realized Cristoph’s potential and offered him a release on his new label Pryda Presents. This paved the way for one of the most solid artistic relationship that we have seen in the business.
Having released on iconic labels such as Bedrock, Suara, Noir, Last Night on Earth, Pryda Presents, Anjunadeep and more, it wasn’t long until he wanted to do something of his own. This gave birth to his own record label Consequence Of Society Recordings in 2022. Music that leaves you wanting more, a forward thinking record label, a well revered radio show and tightly pack tour calendar which takes him across the globe is proof enough that the teenager who did not give up on his dreams, has finally achieved them.
Our friendship with CJ goes way back and it is always a pleasure to see him perform live in India. He returns to India this week for a 4-city tour with Submerge that will take him to Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Pune between the 19th and 22nd of January 2023. Before he kicks off his India Tour we sat with CJ over a few beers and spoke to him about his relationship with Prydz, constructive criticism, plans for his label Consequence Of Society Recordings, touring around the world and some footy banter ofcourse.