The UKs Cristoph heads up this weeks Mix of the Week, recorded live at The Steel Yard, Creamfields North 2023
From sneaking into his local club to DJ as a teen, to performing a season-long residency at Ibiza’s newest and most extravagant club, Cristoph’s journey to global stardom is a tale of passion and hard-work, underpinned by a supreme talent and energy which has seen the British DJ and producer catapult into the eyes – and ears – of dance music’s biggest names.
Inspired by the Chicago house scene whilst growing up in Newcastle, England, Cristoph sought influence from the sounds of acts like Masters at Work and the progressive tones of Sasha & Digweed, as well as his own upbringings. With Cristoph’s brother landing him his first spot in a local Newcastle venue, the DJ’s father was the figure responsible for the purchase of his first pair of decks. Mastering his craft on vinyl, Cristoph soon started to hone his talents in the studio, receiving his first big break via the tutorship of Hot Since 82, aka Daley Padley.
Following his widely supported release ‘Alone’ on Knee Deep in Sound, it was a meeting with another of dance music’s A-list names that changed the course of Cristoph’s future, when Eric Prydz, impressed by the Geordie’s crisp productions and acclaimed EP ‘8-track’, offered him a spot on his new ‘Pryda Presents’ label. Releases such as ‘Feel’ and ‘EPOCH’ saw Cristoph quickly become a giant in the world of progressive house.
Bringing his atmospheric productions to all corners of the globe, Cristoph’s sumptuous tones have seen the DJ play at the world’s biggest festivals and events, including Tomorrowland, Hideout, Parklife, Creamfields, Ultra Miami and EDC Las Vegas. That was soon followed by a 3-month residency at Hï, Ibiza, which further instilled his unique talent into the public consciousness, and helped cement ‘Breathe’, his collaboration with Camelphat, as a global anthem.
Having previously released on iconic labels such as Bedrock, Suara, Noir, Last Night on Earth, and Yoshi Toshi, 2020 saw Cristoph join the Anjunadeep family with two hugely successful releases in the form of ‘Big H 2020’ and ‘SFB’. In January 2021, Cristoph was bestowed the honour by Pete Tong of performing on the legendary ‘Essential Mix’ on BBC Radio 1, with his mix being described as ‘Essential Mix Of The Year’ by many.