The history of electronic music holds a special place for this Madrileño artist who has played a crucial role in building the Spanish industry as we know it today. Since 1991, Cristian Varela has been at the heart of some of the most important episodes of this evolution, emerging as a true pioneer in the most diverse arts that make up the landscape of this profession today. He was one of the first electronic artists to produce live recordings, to perform using 4 turntables and to play at major events and festivals. He also set up schools and agencies for national and international artists and founded two record labels that have gone on to have a global impact since 1999: Black Codes Experiments and P0RN0GRAPH1C Recordings.
Hi Cristian and welcome to Techno Mood. So great to have you with us!
How was this year been for you so far?
Very positive and exciting with my “back to work” after this last horrible pandemic!
We understand you have relocated to the south coast of England. Can you tell us about the electronic music scene where you’re living right now?
Bournemouth is a beautiful place but not very into the Techno scene but that’s why I’m here to create an underground Techno movement and I have the perfect place for that: HALO Bournemouth, the Church of Music.
We just saw a clip of your amazing b2b performance with Cristian Smith at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. How was that?
Very energetic, Christian is a great artist and a very good friend for ages! We really enjoyed such a great festival with our stage packed and crazy!
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not touring the world or making music?
Watch movies with my wife and go to the Opera or some musicals in London. WE LOVE IT especially The Phantom of the Opera
Do you have any releases planned in the coming months that you can tell us about?
A lot! Every 2 weeks I am releasing great artists in my label Black Codes Experiments where I like so much to make remixes in each EPs because I love the idea of creating a different view of their creations and take the chance to push their careers.
What are your favourite pieces of studio equipment right now? (Please name at least three)
With any doubt all my Roland Boutiques, SE02, SH01 and specially MC707 + my Manley eq (valves)
Can you tell us about some of your favourite non-electronic music artists?
Of course! Hans Zimmer, Deep Purple, Vivaldi and Ennio Morricone
What have you got planned for the rest of the year?
My New album in Black Codes EXPERIMENTS dédicated to Blanky and Maiova + my 6 SIX Turntables worldwide tour
On the live side, where can we next see you perform?
Valencia, Slovenja, London, Portugal and maybe Japan!!
Any final words for our Techno Mood readers?
I love you family!!