CX is no newbie to the world of electronic music. Better known to many as Champagne, Canadian-Finnish drum&bass producer.
As of late Christian has been busy in the studio working on various Hiphop to drum 'n' bass remixes for the likes of Public Enemy, Tijana Bass and Arrested Development. Aside from heavy drum 'n' bass production for almost the past decade and seeking a change of bpm, Christian under his CX moniker is hittin' hard in 2012 with all different styles on the urban downtempo tip: dubhop, hiphop, breakbeat, and various cinematic fusions.
Helsinki based Canadian-Finnish music producer CX, perhaps better known as Champagne is no newb to the world of electronic music.
"The world of hiphop pretty much opened up to me round about 1987, as a teenager growing up in Vancouver. Names such as NWA, Eazy-E, Public Enemy, Too Short, Ice-T, LL Cool J, Original Concept and Maestro Fresh-Wes all speak to me from those days. Their music had a strong hold on me and would lay down the foundations for my musical journey ahead," says Christian
A chance move to Helsinki, Finland in late 1990 would expose him to new elements. A European urban sound: Rave, Hardcore, Ragga, and yes...Jungle, an original, innovative UK phenomenon born out of London which truly challenged technology in creating sounds and combining hip-hop breakbeats with reggae to create a brand new kind of music in true London style.
With frequent trips back and forth to London's Soho district, Christian began building his vinyl collection, absorbing in all these new genres and gaining a love and respect for the London sound. In 1994 CX purchased his first sampler, an EPS 16 running Cubase and started experimenting. "The great thing about sampling back in the day was that, even with no prior musical knowledge but a good ear, patience, dedication, and hours on end of trying different things, at some point magic would happen."
Experimenting with Hiphop, Tekno, Jungle eventually led Christian to find his niche in what we now know as drum 'n' bass. In 2001 Christian secured his first vinyl release on London's Vibez Recordings '5 Elements' LP under his Champagne moniker and things took off from there. More releases followed on UK based labels such as Nu Urban music, Pivotal Entertainment, LTJ Bukem's Good Looking imprint, Blindside Recordings, FF Recordings, Midnight Sun Recordings and more recently on his own label Bonafide Recordings.
Very recently Christian has completed Hiphop to drum 'n' bass remixes for the likes of Public Enemy, Tijana Bass and Arrested Development. Aside from heavy drum 'n' bass production for near on the past decade, Christian is exploring a change of tempo. The newly reconstructed CX is hittin' hard in 2012 bringin' the heat on the urban downtempo tip: hip hop, dubhop, breakbeat, and various cinematic fusions. Christian is also currently involved in various music productions with Public Enemy's legendary Gary G-Wiz as well as Rapstation.com.
"Making music is one of those things that gets me up each and every morning (or keeps me up way too late at nights) and gives me energy to keep on going. Its what drives me. Some people watch television..i make beats! A person has gotta have something that drives them and propels them forward. Its an essential outlet that I need" says Christian.