Christian S has been on our radar for a quite while now courtesy of his excellent releases on Matias Aguayo's great Comeme record label.
His hypnotic wild pitch rhythmic productions display a deep dance floor knowledge and untold psychedelic disco stories.
We've finally managed to corner him and get him to put needle to wax and lay down the mandate for his Ransom Note Mix. And it's a cracker!
Let's get that on first...
Then have a chat to him whilst we listen.
Please introduce yourself…
I am Christian S from Cologne. I am part of the Cómeme Family and a DJ since the 90s. Some friends call me "the man with the masterplan" but i don’t know why.
I started promoting parties in the early nineties. For many years I had a residency in Cologne called "Lost" together with Matias Aguyao. These nights were very special and somehow shaped the style I play today. Nowadays i have the oppurtunity - especially within the Cómeme context - to play in amazing places and to visit a lot of different cities cities. Besides that I play pretty regulary in the "Roxy" Club in Cologne and the "Salon des Amateurs" in Düsseldorf.
Where are you:
I am sitting in the café of the "Museum of East Asian Art " in Cologne. It's a very nice place on weekdays.
Where was the mix recorded?
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Maybe in a car or train … driving at dawn from your city to the next seaside.
What should we be wearing
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format.
A proper DJ booth with good sound, windows and a nice view. For example like at LeBain in New York.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
It’s "Luz" - a collaboration between the wonderful housesinger and producer Mamacita from Santiago de Chile and Fer Mariño from Rosario, Argentina. It is going to be released this year on Klack Records, Stockholm.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
For many years I was the happy owner of a cassette from the 80's with a mix from a disothek in Rimini, Italy called "Melodj Mecca" by someone called DJ Pery. It's probably the mix I listened to the most. Very different music styles, weird tempos and all perfectly mixed - full of joy. Someone took the tape away from me and I think it's now in Argentina and I hope it is in good hands an still appreciated.
A lot of the 80s Pery mixes are on youtube now - like this one for example:
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Larry Levan, Ron Hardy of course - but perhaps even more I would like to spend a summer holiday in the 80's around Rimini.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I started with two Technics and a cheap mixer. Now I use two Technics, two CDJs, an Urei mixer and a Delay-Pedal called Flashback.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The first track is more important.
What were the first and last records you bought?
My first record I bought was the maxi-single of Falco’s "Rock Me Amadeus".
I still sometimes play a very cool track from the B-side - it's called "Urban Tropical".
The last record I bought is the new hot Elbee Bad release called "The Freaky Dance! Don’t it make you fell good?" on Housewax.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything …
It’s far from impossible but I have this old track called "Acid Man" by Jack Frost and the Circle Jerks. Two or three times the track stops as if someone just hit the stop button on the machines. Then it starts again but slightly out of the previous beat/sync…. It's a great track but it can be quite confusing while mixing.
Upcoming in the world of…
The "One night in Cómeme Tour" in May and June, the new psycho-minimalistic style, the release of the track "Nebel Dance" on Cómeme #26, and more music and collaborations …
Anything else we need to discuss.
Peace & Love