Behind The Beat: ChrisCross at Lights All Night
At Lights All Night, I was able to listen to and sit down with the new DJ duo ChrisCross. Hailing from New Orleans and both named Christian, the two have performed at Buku and now Lights All Night in the past year. Surprising me with their style of future bass, trap and melodic undertones, ChrisCross incorporated tracks that are staples in my library into a set that I wouldn’t mind listening to over and over. After their set, I was able to get the 411 on how they started and where they hope to be going in 2016.
ChrisCross Holidaze Mix
OTB: For all the people who don’t know, how did you guys meet and how did you form ChrisCross?
Christian: We met in our high school art class and started discussing DJing as soon as we met. We decided that we wanted to do music and started DJing parties and taking it seriously in the past two years.
OTB: So both of you are from New Orleans, have you been to Dallas before? And what do you guys think is the biggest difference between the scene in New Orleans and Dallas?
Christian: We’ve been to Dallas once before, we got a gig with my brother performing.
Christian: I feel like the scene in Dallas has more variety than New Orleans. You’re (other Christian) brother always has a new place for us to go to.
Christian: There’s a lot more here.
OTB: Who would you say are 3 of the most influential artists that inspire you guys?
Christian: One influence I know for sure at the top is Porter Robinson, What So Not is also definitely up there.
Christian: CHVRCHES also finds a way into the music that we play and listen to. Stuff that’s a bit more dance-oriented we get inspired by before our DJ sets.
OTB: What are your plans and goals for 2016?
Christian: Get this EP out.
Christian: Yeah, we have an EP that we have in the finishing stages. Another goal in 2016 is to play a live set.
OTB: How did you guys get your start in music?
Christian: Growing up I messed around with some drums, but didn’t do any learning back then. I wish I had done it now though. I actually started DJing before I met him a little bit at parties. I know he played piano for a long time before.
Christian: Yeah, I started playing piano when I was around 4 and ended up quitting around middle school. I picked up the guitar and messed around with it, nothing really panned out though. One of the cool things about electronic music was that it provided me another instrument to have my hand at.
OTB: You have some artistic talent obviously with playing other instruments and I saw on your Facebook page pictures of sketches. Who creates these designs?
Christian: He did. We both grew up doing art but haven’t done anything that we are sticking to right now. When we get the EP out, we will have a lot of artwork that will come out, something we will both have input in.
OTB: Do you think having the artistic talent in drawing and other instruments has helped your production quality and how?
Christian: It’s a big thing. We’ve done art our entire life. Now I’m an animation major and I’ve gotten into this habit of thinking that way, so when it comes to making music, it makes things come easier.
Christian: It definitely helps out with the creativity.
Christian: Writing a song is not just, “let’s make this electronic sound and see if people like it…” we want to make it very thought out from the lyrics to the music, to the art behind it. That’s why we want to do live stuff and have visuals we’ve had a part in. My Chemical Romance was a big group that has influenced me. They had concept albums that would have artistic talent and story behind it. I want to bring as much artistry to our music as I can.
OTB: As 2015 comes to a close, what was one of the top things that happened to you two in 2015?
Christian: The first thing that pops into my mind is actually getting to work with each other in the studio. Being able to understand each other, be able to flow off each other. We finally got to in the past year able to sit down in the studio and work off each other to create a track and not have the differences interfere.
Christian: I think for us, playing at Buku was huge for us. It was the first big festival and the first time that we felt we could do this as a career and doing this for real. Traveling was also really cool.
Listening to the 19 and 20 year old producers, it was apparent that these two are only beginning what is sure to be a great career. As Hardwell performed behind us, it was nice to listen to the up and comers about their past, present and the future. As they mixed in San Holo and Odesza into their set, I couldn’t help but hear the future of electronic music residing in their brains.
Check out their holiday mix if you want a peek into their style and get ready for their EP coming soon. Check out ChrisCross on their social media pages and look for them to occupy time slots at some festivals this year. Keep track of their latest news and music on Only The Beat.
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