LABELS:Pornographic, Agile, Intec
Cristian Varela has maintained for more than 20 years an excellent reputation within the international electronic music scene. One of the friendliest characters you ́ll meet, his experience and innate talent have gained him a privileged position amongst his fellow peers within the electronic music scene, and is fast becoming one of Spain’s best exports and ambassador to the techno scene. A DJ, producer, composer, promoter and entrepreneur. A full-on artist!. One of Cristians best known qualities extend to his background as a classical composer and arranger. He has been composing music for film, theatre, commercials and shows since 1986, and
has released more than 150 music references on major record labels such as Sony / BMG, White & Black, Toolroom, Bedrock aor Intec. Whilst not forgetting he is also head honcho of his own record label – Pornographic Recordings.
Cristian Varela has managed to find a perfect balance between the recording studio and his extensive tour schedules. His spectacular and energetic live mixing sets using three and four turntables at the same time are a unique performance to witness. Born in Madrid in 1975, he founded a production company, Phrenetic Society in 1994, stamping his techno style onto the dancefloors of the Madrid music scene, whilst bringing his unique sound and production to Ibiza with his successful brand; Pornographic at Eden club. Currently he maintains his position as a promoter for Electrobeach Festival (Benidorm), one of Europe’s major festivals and Cristian Varela & Friends, the musical project launched in the summer of 2013 at Vista Club, Privilege Ibiza.
Constantly keeping uptodate with new technologies, he is also one of the few Beta Testers for Pioneer International and was responsible for introducting Final Scratch at SONAR BCN. Since 1996 he is also a teacher at CEV-Madrid (School of Communication, Image and Sound).
Throughout his career Cristian Varela has been recognised with numerous awards given by respected organisations in the electronic music industry. Amongst them he was presented with Best Techno DJ at the DJ Awards, Ibiza in 2007, plus being voted Best Spanish DJ on many occasions by other organisations. In 2013 for the second time he was presented with the Techno DJ award, voted for by his fans.
Hello Cristian! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Everything fine and a pleasure to have this interview with you.
You are label owner (Pornographic Recordings), producer and touring every weekend. How do you manage this massive schedule?
I have an amazing team working with me and one of them is my label manager, Kostas Mihalis from Press & Play.
We have different departments (Management: Alex Montoya, Press: Daniel Rodriguez, Design/ Marketing: Rafael Perez, Studio Engineer: Carlos Koschitzky, Booker/Tour Manager: David Nus and my right hand and assistant Maite Mellado). They all make possible this massive schedule.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
I released the two singles in Intec Recordings (Carl Cox Label) “Caramba” with a fantastic remix from the great producer and friend Jon Rundell and “Loveperc“ with an amazing remix from Dj Boris from new york.
I also made some remixes in Orange Recodings and in one of my favorite techno labels called Selected from the spanish big producers Gabriel D´Or & Bordoy.
Some other remixes for Yin Yang Recordings, Armystrial and of course my 15th Anniversary in Pornographic Recordings with huge artists like Carl Cox, Ken Ishii, Gary Beck, Stefano Noferini, Axel Karakasis, Mladen Tomic….Now also released in a beauty full limited edition box including 4 vinyls.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
The most important actually is my Album „Max & Max” recently released on Intec Recotdings (Carl Cox´s Label). I am very happy with the reaction from the press & all my followers because I dedicate all my soul for this work.
Max & Max includes 15 tracks of my best productions all selected by Jon Rundel and Carl Cox
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned in 2016?
Of Course! I am preparing my new EP for Pornographic Recordings and some remixes for Gabriel D´Or & Bordoy from their amazing track “VAP”, for Ken Ishii from his original „Play Bitting” and my new VARELIVE.
VARELIVE is my new and very special Live Show where I use new technology and where I can play with my synthesizer and drum machines play in real time all my tracks perfectly synchronized with a huge visual show. The tour 2016 is just starting this 20 of february in one of the most important clubs in europe for 8000 pax Fabrik Madrid
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience around the globe. What is your favourite city or country and why?
Tokyo- Japan for me is one of the most special places because the people is incredible, they now all the electronic world perfectly and they are the best followers. The clubs like A-Geha, Womb or Liquid Room made me feel the biggest emotions that I never felt. Japan is one of the most magical places in the world.
What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
Craziest: I can not tell you hahaha! Funniest: somebody put his coat in the vinyl I was playing!!
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
Liquid Room- Japan 2000
Nature One- Germany 2005
I Love Techno- Belgium 2006
Tomorrowland- Belgium 2013
Aquasella- Spain 2015
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Gary Beck & Slam- Pressure Lights
Ken Ishii- Play Biting
Thomas Schumacher & Victor Ruiz – Geist (Original Mix)
Gabriel D´Or & Bordoy- VAP
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Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
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