It's always nice to be greeted with an enigmatic selection of music fron an unsuspecting source. Kristian Birch-Hurst is a disc jockey and producer emerging from Birmingham. From a musical perspective he digs deep, blending an elegant array of style, genre and sound in a well rounded presentation which will leave toes tapping and ears intrigued. As a contributing writer here at Ransom Note he has expressed a wealth of fierce knowledge as well as an awareness sometimes lacking from a musician working in such an environment. As the co founder of Voyage Events he has helped push and promote a spectacular array of talent through his parties with the likes of Mehmet Aslan, Haai and more all gracing the booth.
This mix is a subtle blend of disco, funk, soul, house, techno and abstract electronics and should demonstrate just why we are excited by him as a disc jockey. Lock in.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
My name’s Kris(tian) aka Trieste. In Birmingham (more canals than Venice). A human man, a sound collage-ist, a DJ, and an events curator.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Part wobbly, part groovy, part dark, basically everything I feel on the inside. Or think the ups and downs of an acid trip.
Where was the mix recorded?
In my low-lit, incense drenched, musky room - my zen space/work studio.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Wherever your imagination can muster.
What should we be wearing?
Literally anything but socks and sandals.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Anywhere with a pair of Technics and an MP2015. And maybe some upmarket Martin Audio.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
I love it all but do have a soft spot for instrumental shit - and definitely go check out Altin Gun.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Hmmm I have a few but if I go both contemporary and inspiring… it’s gotta be Bicep’s Synthol Hit Pt. 1
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Moodymann - cos I just have no fucking idea what would happen.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
A pair of Pioneer’s CDJ 200s and some wanky Numark mixer. Now I have a pair of AT-LP1240 turntables and DJM-450 mixer… saving up for the dream: Technics and the MP2015.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Too tricky to answer. Totally depends on the before/after context. If anything… treat every track like it’s the most important.
What were the first and last records you bought?
First: Gorillaz (self entitled). Last: Mogwai - Every Country’s Sun
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
Some really freaky freak with a heart of pure gold.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Nothing’s impossible when you’ve got your pals Echo and Delay.
Upcoming in the world of…
Some really really really exciting projects with my dear Voyage Events. Some collaborations with artists/DJs I’ve followed and respected for a long time. And very possibly… maybe… perhaps… a record label.
Anything else we need to discuss?
STOP BLAMING PHONES. PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM.
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