Few DJs and producers feel the pulse of dance music like Christoph Maitland does. Christoph is an award winning DJ and recognized producer who has enjoyed support from the likes of Matt Darey, Christopher Lawrence and Annie Nightingale. His music boldly encompasses elements of Electro-Progressive, House, Tech and Breaks while showing a blatant disregard for musical boundaries. It is his outstanding taste, preternatural sense of rhythm and rousing style of DJing that has excited dance floors around B.C. for more than a decade! After a musical hiatus in 2011, the New Year promises to be Christoph’s best yet, boasting a slew of new originals, razor sharp remixes and a full length album in the works!
Christoph‘s outstanding ability to move audiences has coined him as a “dancers DJ.” Masterful technical skills and elite programming ability would win him the Hush DJ Competition for Vancouver Island in 2002 and gain him full time residence at the notorious underground club. A tribute to his diversity, he would directly proceed DJs like Steve Angello, Hatiras and Donald Glaude(Electro), Mark Farina and Johnny Fiasco(House) Dylan Rhymes and Meat Katie(Breaks), and Above & Beyond and Shiloh(Trance, Progressive) to name only a few, while still being totally in his element. Taking his early influence from mixing stars like DJ Dan, Carl Cox and Canada’s Dekoze he has become an expert at building tension throughout his performance. His trademark sets are full of energy, without being totally over the top, and are always rising towards the ultimate, musical release!
As a producer Christoph has put up a solid and equally eclectic body of work so far. Music that seems in between genres and has a great groove has always been his favorite. Christoph still lists a lot of his favorite artists who epitomize this as Paranoid Jack, Dr. Kucho, Fatboy Slim, DJ Dan, and Way Out West. Honing his craft he would exchange tips with his good friend and fellow Producer/DJ Vespers. Both huge fans of Canadian breaks guru Myagi, they would find home on his imprint Pop & Lock for good. Christoph’s work has gone on to be played on the biggest radio shows including BBC Radio 1 and on Nocturnal Radio. Furthermore, he has seen tracks remixed by the likes of Toby Emerson, Alex Mind, Farace, Quadrat Beat, and Run Riot and has appeared on labels like Lazy Rich’s Big Fish and respected breaks player Dead Famous.
The Veela Project – 2010
In October of 2009 a young producer and singer, approached Christoph looking for guidance in the musical world. At first listen her music was unpolished but already brimming with creativity, addictive melodies and clever lyrics. Inspired by all this young artist could accomplish, and impressed by her ambition to attain pop star status they formed a fast friendship and a great team. So a great majority of Christoph’s 2010 was spent promoting, coaching, networking and helping put together the debut album made by Victoria Burnett, stage named Veela. Christoph would be instrumental in her growth as an artist and so would introducing her to artists like Toby Emerson and Vespers. The year would see some impressive results as she would celebrate her first CD, hold a raucous CD Release Party at Hush Nightclub(at just 17 years old), play main stage at the VEMF festival, be nominated for a HMMA best pop song award, and hear her first single Circa 1620 played on commercial radio 101.7 Kool FM, to name just a few. Veela also made a stunning vocal appearance on the single “Fall Silently” produced by Christoph and Toby Emerson. The collaboration produced rave reviews; and earned the very honorable distinction of becoming the demo song for music software FL Studio 10, by Image Line.
The future… Refreshed and packed with new inspiration Christoph has a lot to share with you in 2012! New original music and collaborations are in the works for an album that promises to be true to Christoph’s worldly musical vision. In addition to this, he plans to share his vast experience as a performing DJ and recording producer in the form of tutorials, templates, VIP tracks, interviews and samples with a lot of these being offered for free! Please keep up to date regularly at http://www.facebook.com/djchristophmaitland or soundcloud.com/christophmaitland as goodies are released.