101 with Christian Kroupa

.. were you ever so madly in love with something that you immediately knew it was going to last forever? “How long is forever? Sometimes just one second.” Hailing from the sleepy town of Logatec, Slovenia, this is exactly what happened to Christian in the summer of 2008, while hanging at a drum and bass party, with no idea he was about to enter an unexplored pathway.

Since then, he proved his skills and innovation as a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy, performing on different stages (like Sónar in Barcelona or EMAF in Tokyo) as well as performing on the Radio Študent’s Club Marathon tour. He is currently working on new experimental, ambient music but also keeping an eye on house and techno music, making appearances on the legendary R&S records and Fabric 90 mix with his alter ego, Alleged Witches.

What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?

The combination of Ableton Live and some VST plugins, like Omnisphere for instance, which opened up another dimension to my ideas and production skills. My essential tool for making music.

Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?

Both are just amazing if there is the right crowd in front of you. It's all about the vibe and making people »go bananas«.

Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?

Definitely playing in the Liquid Room in Tokyo. Though, it's not in the same location, where Jeff Mills played that legendary set. But still… just being there, experience that. It was a great privilege and I don't really believe that I deserved to play there. Was definitely too much of a rookie back then hehe.

What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?

Don't really believe in best or worst yet, cause I'm still in the phase of learning, handling, getting experiences, while being a DJ or playing live. So yeah, everything is a must… playing in an empty room, playing in front of a huge crowd, seeing people leave from the dancefloor, asking »what is this shit«, etc.

These are all the things that make you develop. Though, seeing people going crazy while playing music, especially my own tracks, is definitely the illest feeling. It gives you confidence. Especially if you get some positive feedback from some DJs/artists you admire. It gives you goosebumps.

Do you have any interests besides music?

For sure… playing sports, like football. Reading books about ancient philosophy, eating good food, drinking fine brewage. I think it's all about the balance. Doing music for a couple of days. Taking a pause, doing something else and go back to music.

You can be much more effective, productive, than doing just one thing 24/7, until you get totally annoyed and that kills all the fun.

Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?

I like both. It just depends on the mood in which I am at that day. Sometimes it's even harder, cause I really love a lot of stuff... like drum&bass for instance. And sometimes you are not really into the mood of playing some stuff or techno stuff, cause you're all about drum&bass at that moment.

What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?

The word industry. But that is just a bigger issue. We are living in a system based on the industry of making and spending money. It is the same in music. My point is, that you can be the most talent and passionate artist, training 10 hours per day, most skilled DJ, have a great record collection, a lot of knowledge, but at the end of the day, that doesn't mean shit. It doesn't mean you're going to make a living out of it, be successful, happy about what you're doing. Basically, that the system we live in is not fair. Though, at the end of the day…

I believe nobody would say no to playing big gigs (if I stick to electronic music), getting big amounts of cash, enormous following on social networks. Even the biggest »fundamentalist«. At least to the point you still believe in what you're making and playing. When this is gone, the biggest art is not making music or DJ, but making more and more money and likes on your social network accounts. More money, more likes… better artist in the eyes of the foolish people.

If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?

Never really thought about it. It should definitely be based on a lot of fun. Maybe with guys like Goldie, dBridge, Doc Scott and we are talking about playing old school drum&bass, jungle classics etc.

What’s your biggest fear?

»Fear is the only darkness…«

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you during a gig?

While playing some techno stuff, one girl came to me and asked me if I have some old ex-YU rock music. Sadly, I haven't had any.

Could you pick one timeless track?

Sure thing. Is definitely by Goldie, the tracks called Sensual. It is also on the album named Timeless, so it totally fits.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Nothing lasts forever… 

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018