Entries in music (6)


:: Beretta Music Ten Years of Techno Compilation

Established in 2002, Beretta Music is a collective from Detroit focused on the future sound of techno music. Soul Over Hype, is a guiding mantra of Beretta Music, the label that Brian Kage & Ryan Sadorus founded and it has played a very important role in helping to shape the self-fulfilling prophecies for each internationally respected artist on its impressive roster. Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Jesse Somfay, Luke Hess, and Alex Israel many of whose talents were first recognized and developed by Brian at their side in the studio to produce key tracks that defined them as artists and unlocked the first doors to the paths of their noteworthy music careers. 2012 marks the Ten Year anniversary of Beretta Music, with the Ten Years of Techno Compliation! Featuring music from Brian Kage, Ryan Sadorus, Seth Troxler, Luke Hess, Ryan Crosson, Arthur Oskan, Keith Kemp, Alex Israel, Christina Chatfield, and many more!


:: Modyfier Process Series - part 279

Artwork courtesy of the Modyfier Process Series.

I was asked to contribute to the Process Series on Modyfier, an electronic music blog that highlights the creative process behind each contributor's work. Along with the music, all participants are asked to submit a written statement about their contribution. Below is my submission to the Process Series, number 279 in a long line of musical creations from various artists around the world. I gave this podcast the title "clearly unfocused" which is a play on words regarding the fact that I enjoy dabbling in many different facets of four-on-the-floor (one might consider this a lack of focus) while trying to maintain a similar overall theme... bringing clarity to the blur.

christina chatfield - process part 279 (clearly unfocused) by modyfier


I don’t like to limit myself by always writing music that consistently fits into one of the meticulously named sub-genres of electronic music. This is a conflicted goal because at the same time, it is of equal importance to me to create an overall cohesive arc from start to finish. So even though I make music that nods to house, techno, dub, etc., I like to think it all ties together in the end because everything is ultimately funneled through my brain, and through my creative vision.
In addition, the music I am working on at any point in time is usually an indicator of my mood, my state of being. But don’t let that fool you... some of the happiest-sounding tunes I’ve made were written during some of the deepest slumps in my life. I write music for all kinds of reasons: to calm myself down, to cheer myself up, to get into the therapeutic--or at times maddening--state of creating. This podcast is a recorded set of my original music so it represents all of the above in some form or another. But I don’t solely write music that comes from some kind of emotional core. Sometimes there is simply nothing going on that is either monumentally exciting nor relentlessly melancholy.
This is when I draw inspiration from totally random, but specific places. Here are three examples.
1. One day I went into my studio and decided I wanted to make a song that sounded like 1960’s shopping mall music; kitschy and a tad forcefully uplifting, but also current and futuristic. Basically I set out to make the song that Jane Jetson would’ve pushed her retro space-age shopping cart around to.
2. I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of decorating my studio to look like some kind of dimly lit, moody Moroccan opium den. However, being a glutton for music gear means most of the studio funds go towards that, and not towards intricately carved mahogany wood furniture and colorful tapestries... So I settled for making the music one might listen to in a dimly lit, moody Moroccan opium den instead: dark, smoky, with the mellow bubbling of hookahs.
3. Back when I was in music school, a friend of mine used to tell me that my productions sounded like little creatures digging around in soil. I’m still not sure whether I should take that as a compliment or an insult, but regardless of that, I remain pleased that my music managed to conjure up such a specific image in my friend’s head. To this day it is a statement that floats around in my mind frequently when I’m in need of inspiration. 
While they might seem completely superfluous, they are not meaningless. These images led me to create some of the music that’s in this recording, though I’ll leave the speculation over which track is referencing which imagery to the listener. And while each example paints a wildly different picture, they all have one thing in common: they set a very specific scene and mood, in a way providing me with a clear goal if I’m feeling lost creatively. It can be difficult, but I think it’s very important for artists of any kind to be continuously inspired by new and different things. This is one of the ways I do that. 
Thank you to Rayna for inviting me to participate in the Modyfier series. I hope you enjoy the music.


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:: Beatport chart summer 2011

10 tracks that make me want to either drink a piña colada on the beach, sweat it out in the club, or both even though my city is completely covered in fog at the time of this post...


:: New remix out on Klectik

Klectik010 is the ear pleasing "Little Talk" EP from Buenos Aires based artist, Gurtz. This is the second project for him on the Chicago - based label, following up the very successful Lotus / Brainbow vinyl release (with Dilo). The EP sees Gurtz furthering, developing and exploring his sound. The title track harkens back to an old-school Chicago acid house vibe, while at the same time maintaining a modern feel with disjointed melodies, plush vocals, and clean and crisp production. "On the Roof" features another injection of house infused tones with detuned pads that throb throughout the track which are carried along by a "tracky" beat. Beretta artist Christina Chatfield delivers a powerful remix that strikes a beautiful balance between the more rawer sounds of techno on the lower end with more sultry sounds on top featuring blissful keys working hand in hand with the vocal from the original. Take a listen, and check out some feedback for the EP on Resident Advisor. If you like what you hear, you can pick it up on Beatport.

Klectik010 Gurtz Little Talk EP W/ Christina Chatfield Edit by Klectik Recordings



:: Finite EP available digitally

Hello friends, 

My Finite EP with Beretta Music  is now available digitally, after selling out on vinyl. The digital release includes a new remix of "Hands" that wasn't on the vinyl release. Check it out now on Beatport

This year's Movement Festival is rapidly approaching, and I'll be going again for the first time in two years. I am very much looking forward to it! It's always like a reunion of sorts, with old friends from all over the globe getting the chance to hang out and catch up. I will also be playing the Beretta showcase at TV Bar on Friday night. Come on by if you're in the D!