Chris Janisz aka C.J. Hartmann is a Berlin-based DJ and producer. Born in 1986 in Poland he started his adventure into electronic music at the age of 14. Fascinated and inspired by musicians like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Westbam he started gaining his musical knowledge collecting his favorite releases. And thus a journey began through different types of electronica: Trance, Breaks and Funky House, slowly developing his music preferences. Chris’s current sound can be described as Electronica/Techno, mostly influenced by artists like Stephan Bodzin, Oliver Huntemann and Aphex Twin.
His DJ sets are very dark, deep and heavily laced with his influences. A presence of melodies is always incorporated into his sets, creating powerful and emotional highs and lows. His careful track selection always tells the crowd its own story, taking people on ‘a journey’ creating a fantastic and unusual atmosphere on the dance floor.
Arriving in London at the age of 18, his musical taste changed after discovering an exciting new sound flooding out of London’s underground Techno scene and an instant love affair with clubbing began! Listening to plenty of DJs, in May 2006 he decided to learn how to use DJ equipment himself, so he could play his favorite music.
C.J. so far performed in one of the most important clubs all over Europe including places like Razzmatazz (Barcelona), Op Art (Lisbon), Ministry Of Sound (London), Sugar Factory (Amsterdam) , Tresor (Berlin) and Cookies (Berlin) to name just a few, starting his residencies in clubs like The End (London), Aquarium (London), Cafe 1001 (London), Suicide Circus (Berlin) and Asphalt (Berlin). He was sharing the bill with stars like Miss Kittin, Stephan Bodzin, Ame, Ellen Alien, Marc Romboy, Phil Kieran, Marco Carola, Adam Beyer, System Of Survival, Simon Baker, Thomas Schumacher, Oliver Koletzki and many more! His tracks have been supported by artists like Extrawelt, Phonique, Florian Meindl, Alex Smoke and Redshape. Chris’s enthusiasm talent and energy behind the decks was an inspiration to many and his future started to look extremely positive.
We can’t forget to mention such facts as his legendary 26hrs DJ set @ London’s Cafe 1001 or 7 hours sets @ Lockemuller Open Air Festival 2009 and 2010 where his performance mesmorised thousands and is still remembered today!
In late January, Hartmann’s first production this year ‘Tail On Fire’ was released on a Ministry Of Sound compilation called ‘Sound Of Berlin vol. 9’ amongst such artists as Paul Kalkbrenner, Soul Clap, Mark Henning and Oliver Koletzki, to name just a few. Upcoming releases involve collaborations with artists like Argy, Jerome Sydenham, GummiHz and Phonique. C.J. is now also a featured artist in Zweisam Records – a Berlin-based record label, with a recent collaboration with the fresh and new talent, Stephan Bobinger.
Hartmann recently took things to the next level. You will be able to see him performing using the iPad 2 – LIVE FX controller and ‘A MAGIC STICK’ – Doepfer R2M!
Read more: http://issuu.com/proud/docs/22-proud-magazine-2011/61