Exclusive Interview with Anjunadeep’s 5-Star Recruit, CRi

Después de una semana entera de escuchar CRi , el productor francés-canadiense con una impresionante discografía, introspectivo alojados en Anjunadeep y TOKiMONSTA ‘s jóvenes Art Records , fue necesario llegar a una entrevista oficial.

Realice un viaje musical para descubrir la creación de CRi en reinos de ambient to house mientras lee nuestra entrevista exclusiva.

Foto de CRi por Bruno Destombes

¿Dónde comenzó todo? ¿Cuándo empezaste a producir música? ¿Dónde fue tu primer set y cómo te fue? 

Comencé en el sótano de la casa de mi madre, era un repartidor de pizzas a tiempo parcial y finalmente decidí dejar mi ciudad natal (Quebec) para mudarme a Montreal y estudiar música digital en la Universidad de Montreal. En este momento todo comenzó. Empecé a producir en 2012 más en serio. La primera vez que actué abrí para Branchez en Belmont, no sabía lo que estaba haciendo y había 3 personas en la pista de baile jajaja.

¿Cómo es la vida en Montreal? ¿Cómo es la escena musical allí? ¿A qué estilo de música te atrae más la gente? ¿Cuáles son tus clubes y festivales favoritos en Montreal y en Canadá? 

Montreal is a great city, especially summer! The music scene is very diverse but mostly separated by the language, on one side francophone and anglophone. Montreal is considered to have the second largest francophone population in the world after Paris. I think the style of music that people prefer here is rap, like everywhere else in the world. I love Newspeak and Stereo, but frankly I do not go out in clubs. There are a lot of festivals in Montreal and in Canada, it’s hard to say. To discover new artists and push the limits, I would say that Mutek is really a must, otherwise Osheaga for entertainment is great too.

We actually discovered your music through your Anjunadeep mix. How did you get connected with Anjunadeep for your Initial EP? What is the message or feeling you hope to convey through this EP? 

I think they discovered me on the internet, I sent them some demos and they liked them! This Ep is strictly instrumental and oriented on dance music. Usually, my pieces are less thought for the dancefloor, I wanted to exploit this part of my art. I would say that the main emotion through this EP is melancholy and contemplation.

CRi Initial EP

You also have a couple EPs out on Young Art Records. Can you tell us a little about the story of Young Art Records? How would you describe the EP’s you released through them? 

Tokimonsta found me on soundcloud and she offered me to release my 2nd EP on her label, and that’s when it all started. Young Art is a family, I love them a lot,  they gave me my first opportunities outside Montreal and I will be eternally grateful to them. I still have a lot of misery to describe my music! I would say quiet introspective, melancholy and even dreamy, sometimes dancing and at other times almost ambient. I invite you to go watch the music videos, it gives a more global idea of the artistic direction of these two projects.

We are a big fans of your single Me and My Friends featuring Sofia Bel. This is a beautiful track. How did that collaboration come into fruition? What was your song writing process like for this track? 

Thank you 🙂 Montreal is a big village! Everyone knows each other ! She came to the studio, we did not know each other, we took maybe 1 hour to talk a little and then after 1 hour 30 we finished the song, it was the first time I made a song so quickly!

How do you feel your sound makes you unique? 

I do not pretend that my music is unique, there are so many people who make music in the world! I think that what makes my project interesting is that it sails between several styles, as much pop, house, ambient and electro in general, but with the same introspective emotion, melancholy and contemplative energy.

Portrait by John Londono

You just got added to the bill for Osheaga Music Festival. How did that opportunity come to be? Have you been to the festival before? If so, what are some things you like about it? 

I have a good manager! It’s him who found me that, it will be the 3rd time I play at the festival, I’m very lucky. I like this festival, because the vibe is very relaxed and festive, it’s a bit of a holiday every time I go there.

Osheaga Lineup
photo credit CRi

What do you enjoy most about the electronic music community? Do you have any hilarious moments you can recall while attending an electronic music events? 

What surprises me each time is how fans are also “geeks” who want to know everything about the types of synthesizers or just the workflow in general. Two years ago, when I was at Lightning in a Bottle, and a completely naked guy was dancing with a lot of energy, it was really hilarious.

Do you have any other sets planned for the summer? What is next for CRi? 

I’m working on my album 🙂

Do you have any life hacks ? 

Tengo 3 perros 

Christophe demostró ser un buen humano. Gracias por tomarse el tiempo, fue un placer conocerte. Espere más de CRi y manténgase al día con él en sus identificadores de redes sociales que se encuentran a continuación.

Encuentra CRi: SoundCloud | facebook | Instagram

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