Q&A Chris Chronsky:
1) Go ahead, represent yourself. What is Chris Chronsky all about.
I am a producer and a DJ from Graz/ Austria. I have been doing this since early 2003.
When I first got into beatmaking my sound was horrible, I guess this has changed over the years. :-) My first DJ name was Chris Chronic and
I was not just spinning Hip Hop but also various other styles. A little D&B and Jungle, then there were the first breakbeat mashups on vinyl.
They sounded great, not like all the mashup stuff that you hear nowadays. I kept going with the flow and played wherever I could play to gain more experience as a DJ.
In 2005 I went to Australia to do the SAE college because I wanted to get more technical knowhow about producing. At the college I met Strick Nine a producer from Queensland,
he taught me a lot about oldschool Hip Hop cats and for one year he was basicly my mentor over there.
Shortly after I came back from down under I decided to release my first 12" single together with Lesh and Kurd.Y and for years I did promotion for events besides working for
a record distribution company. Last year I released an Ep and this year I´m taking it a step further with my instrumental/ producer LP.
2) Lay down some early musical influences.
My earliest musical influence besides listening to my parents music was my granduncle who gave me my first tom, drumsticks and a vinyl record.
At the time I was five or something. When he came by we always played free jazz on everthing I had in my room. Basicly it was banging on pots and
buckets. I loved it. Later I got some guitar lessons but was never really interested in learning the bluies toneladders but the effect machines of my guitar teacher got
my attention and I started fooling around with them.
3) Where do you find your inspiration today?
At the moment I find my inspiration in 70s gangster and spy movies, they had the sickest soundtracks back then. And I go record digging whenever I can.
4) How did you hook up with Tiefparterre Records.
It all started after I went to my first Hip Hop jams where I have seen Mr. Dero, DJ Kreislauf and other on stage. At the time I didn´t know what exactly they were doing.
Over the years I got to know Dero a little better and asked him about the whole DJ and sample music thing. He explanded it to me and gave me a catalogue for
audio equipment, I instantly bought the MPC, turntables and a mixer. It took me quite a while to get into it and without my homie Raw I probably wouldn´t be able to
record a straight beat :-) Finally in 2006 Raw and me officially joined Tiefparterre Records. I remember that it felt so good to be around people who have the same passion
for beats and turntablism.
5) What are your studio tools?
Currently I´m using a MPC 4000 which is pretty nice for laying down a basic beat and do some first sequencing steps. When I´m finished with that I transfer every track into logic, I use a M-Audio Projectmix I/O as interface. I got a lot of ipad synth apps for Bass and percussions. Latly I try to combine oldschool sampling music and live instrument recording. Not everybody know. but I did that on all my releases. This time more extensive than ever before. More to come :-)
6) You are a self-confessed sample digger! Tell us more about this passion!
About ten years ago I was in records store in Brisbane that had a backroom with a huge pile of vinyl.
Without any sleeves or covers. There were records all over the floor and I accedently stepped on a Quincy Jones 7".
In the end I bought it for one dollar. Crate diggin is all about the experiences and stories that you connect with a record.
7) Your precious 12".
It´s the "Protect Ya Neck" 12" single. If the story is true, Wu-Tang clan members sold that out their trunk in Staten Island. If so, I´ll keep it forever.
8) If you could work with one person, producer, vocalist, anything, who would it be?
I wish I could work on track with Big L but since he passed away so early my actual choice would be AZ.
9) Name a shame track.
I think you heard that before. It´s a really hard question. Probably anything featuring Katy Perry. (laughing)
10) What are you listening to right now, just an artist or couple tracks that you've had on serious rotation?
At the moment I´m listening to a lot of Marco Polo´s latest releases, Cookin' Soul is also a big favorite right now and of course Brenk Sinatra is on heavy rotation at the moment.
11) Where do you see music going and how do you see yourself in it?
Wherever the mainstream music market is going, I do not see myself in it at all. I just hope that it will be more about sharing and independent plattforms.
I haven´t watched MTV and derivatives in ages, I´m just not interested in it. Most of the modern productions sound like something out of a plastic can,
so I want to stay with my kind of sound and that is definitely early 90s Hip Hop with a modern touch in the arrangements.
12) Your chance to promote what you got coming up next / in the future.
I will keep on doing sample based music in combination with live instruments, that has become kind of a trademark for me now.
There will be some asian funk and soul elements in my future productions and hopefully I will be able to pull of a new release within the next year.
I also want to record vocals on couple of tracks from the Concrete Compositions LP and release them with a few remixes or so.
13) Shout outs?
Big up to my family, friends and all the guys from Tiefparterre Records who supported me from day one.
You´re the reason why I keep doing this.
Thanks Chris Chronsky for the interesting chat!
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