UK’s rising underground electronic music artiste, Cristoph, on his changing sound and debut India tour
Most folks go to bed early on a Tuesday night. But ask Newcastle-based electronic music DJ and producer Cristoph, aka Christopher Costigan, the same question and you will learn that last Tuesday, at midnight, he was in Ibiza playing his own underground house/techno tracks to a packed dance floor at Amnesia, one of the best nightclubs in the world. Now the DJ—who’s been hailed by BBC Radio One host and ‘avant-garde music tastemaker’ Pete Tong as one of the UK’s hottest exports—is headed to India, on a three-city tour. As he makes his way to Chennai tomorrow, to take over the decks at Pasha at The Park, we seize the opportunity to interact with him.
Rising in stature
Unbeknownst to most, Cristoph—who’s garnered multiple chart-topping tech-house singles on Beatport including On The Inside—has been making progressive house music under his CJ Costigan alias and playing as a resident DJ in local Newcastle clubs for well over a decade. But all that changed in late 2013 when he gravitated towards ‘dark, melodic and energetic’ house and techno, evolved his music production style and started releasing music under the moniker Cristoph. Since the release of his Guffaz EP on one of the planet’s most respected house music labels, Defected, his career graph has been skyrocketing. Now his tracks (including his 2014 hit, Shelter) are regularly playlisted at global music festivals by legendary artistes including Richie Hawtin and Paul Oakenfold. “Making the change from producing progressive house to deep/tech house and techno was one of the most important steps in my musical journey,”says the globetrotting DJ, who’s recently returned from a sold-out tour of Australia.
On the deck
“If Chennai’s partygoers want a teaser of what to expect (musically) this weekend from me, they can listen to the dub version of my track Slowly Burning, featuring British vocalist Jem Cooke,” shares Cristoph, adding that the tunes’ dark yet energetic tech-house sound is just what the dance floor needs during peak hours. With his brand new Let It Go EP releasing today on the popular Knee Deep in Sound label, and several remixes for artistes like JOBE, this Geordie lad is just getting warmed up.
At Pasha, from 8 pm onwards.Rs 2,000 (for couples). Details: 9884493601
India tour tunes: &ME – Woods, Oxia – Domino and Hot Since 82 – Damage
Dream DJ set: Alongside
Hot Since 82
Where to next: UK’s Mint festival on September 19, followed by a tour of Asia in October-November