DJ Awards Breakthrough Nominee Cristoph

Posted on August 2, 2017

Words: Iain Thomson

The DJ Awards Breakthrough category is one of the most hotly contested traditionally. There is always a strong crop of new talent that is pushing to get recognition, challenging existing musical parameters and making waves across the globe. This year’s list of nominees is a particularly good one, many of whom have already started making their mark. One such nominee is Cristoph.

Hailing from the North East of the UK, Newscastle to be precise, Cristoph has already captured the attention of some of the scene’s heavy hitters, including Eric Prydz, Sasha, John Digweed and Hot Since 82, who have all released tracks from the talented artist on their respective labels. Officially part of the Pryda family now, the first artist to sign to the new imprint Pryda presents, and with a growing reputation for his booth skills matching those of the studio, the skies the limit for Cristoph. We caught up with him as he enjoys a massive summer on and off the island, ahead of a first nomination at respected DJ Awards…

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You have been nominated in the DJ Awards Breakthrough category, how satisfying is it to be recognised by your peers?
It’s an absolute honour to be nominated for the DJ Awards Breakthrough category. It has really taken me by surprise and it all feels very surreal. To be recognised by my peers as one of the best breakthrough DJ’s really does mean the world to me.

What would it mean to you to win the award, or is the recognition for your effort already a win?
The recognition truly is enough. Of course if I won it would be the icing on the cake for what has been a great year for me so far, but the category is very strong so, just to have my name mentioned alongside the other acts is a proud moment in my life and something I won’t forget in a hurry. There are some amazing artists in the industry. 

What do you need to do to reach the next level?
I don’t tend to concentrate on ‘levels’ or what is going on with others within the industry. I create my own goals and set about reaching them in my own way. I just want to continue doing my own thing as I have been. I’ve been fortunate enough that people around the world are enjoying both the music I make and play. I still have a long way to go until I reach the dreams that I set out for my career and I will continue to aspire to reach them by keeping my head down and working as hard as I can. 

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Which current artists inspire you musically?
As I mentioned before there are some amazing artists within the industry so I literally could list so many here. I would say the likes of Eric Prydz, Solomon, Sasha and John Digweed are all massive inspirations to me

Do you believe you can still make your mark on your DJ talent alone, or do you also have to be a producer and have an ability to market yourself?
I do think it’s possible yeah, but I do believe it’s harder nowadays. I chose to get into production to help aid my career and break through more in the industry, but also because I’m obsessed with music and was intrigued by it all. I wanted to learn so I could play tracks that were mine in my sets. I think production helps DJing and vice versa so I felt it would be better for me to attempt to become the whole package.

How big an impact has social media had on how you go about presenting yourself as a DJ to the outside world?
To be honest I’m hopeless on social media ha-ha. I’m pretty active on twitter, the rest I need to improve drastically though. I’ve never been a person who takes a load of pictures, I prefer to experience it first hand then just keep hold of the memories in my mind. However, I know there’s a large importance based on social media to help artists grow so it’s something I’m going to be working on. It helps give an insight to your life to people who want to know, it lets you show them your interests, where you are in the world on top of pictures and videos from your gigs or things you are working on in the studio. I am a fan of how it helps engage with your fans, however I am someone who likes to have a bit of mystery surrounding them so not everything I do or am doing will be documented. The likes of Eric Prydz and Maya Jane Coles are brilliant at doing this I feel. 


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