Tour Essentials with Christian Smith
Christian Smith is one of the world’s leading exponents of techno, both as a DJ and producer he is always bold and innovative. With his output in recent years it is hard to imagine a list of prolific producers without his name towards the top. He has been at the top of his game for over a decade with his trademark groovy techno.
Although born in Stockholm, Christian spent most of his childhood years in Frankfurt, Germany which no doubt played an unexpected role in determining his musical tastes from a young age. After spending time in the US studying, Christian moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil playing the best clubs in the city and surrounding regions, where he still loves to play today and continues to have a very big following.
In 1997 he started his label Tronic, since then it has dominated the charts with releases from Christian himself and the likes of Chus & Ceballos, ANNA, Paco Osuna, Loco & Jam, Kaiserdisco, Enrico Sangiuliano, Nick Curly and more. The label is now the No.2 top selling techno label in the world according to Beatport, and it has just celebrated its 200th release.
Tronic also has a weekly show which is now syndicated to over 100 stations worldwide, their 200th show was celebrated with special guest Adam Beyer.
Christian has dominated the charts and DJ’s playlists with a steady flow of releases on many high profile labels like Plus8/Minus, Drumcode, Cocoon, Bedrock, Mobilee and Tronic. His latest EP “Force Majeure” released in July 2016 on Drumcode, was straight in at No3, and stayed Beatports Techno Top 10 for over a month.
He has released two landmark solo albums; “Omakase” in 2013 which secured worldwide praise with a superb selection of tracks that showcased his versatility as a producer. His follow up was with “Stranger Than Paradise” in 2014 and now he brings us all “Input/Output” due for release this September. The 11-track album is an outstanding production, taking you on a journey through a variation of sounds and textures.
This 2016 sees Christians tour schedule busier than ever, not only do we have more Tronic showcases to look forward all over the world, including one at this years ADE. But he will be embarking on his official “Input/Output” album tour in September, covering 6 continents, 20 countries and over 50 gigs. Always one to never slow down, he is full force ahead into 2017 maintaining his relevance and position at the vey pinnacle of electronic music.
- My Roland R5 recorder: I record all of my gigs, because I often use them for my Tronic radio show or guest podcasts. I feel that live recorded mixes with no edits are much more fun to listen to than studio mixes.
- My two passports: It’s helpful to have a dual citizenship. Some countries that I tour in don’t like each other so I try to use my passports only for amicable countries so I never have any issues at immigration.
- My usb sticks: I travel with 4-5 sticks. Always good to be safe. One is on my keychain with my house keys. That one in particular has saved me more than once when accidentally forgetting the others in a hotel, different bag, or at home 😉
To find out more about Christian`s tour on the album Input → Output where he uses all his essentials – check out the official album microsite here!