DJ Chris Camplin is a resident of Handsome which is monthly party at East Bloc, London. Chris is a classically trained pianist whose stylistic roots go back to the drum and bass, garage, house & techno of the late nineties, where artists as diverse as Jeff Mills, Masters at Work, DJ Hype and Zed Bias provided the soundtrack to his formative years. During his teens Christopher was deeply involved with London’s underground club scene – where he carried out promotional work for Trade, DTPM and Nag Nag Nag. He was influenced by the disco revival as pioneered by Horse Meat Disco, and his love of house and techno matured as he travelled to Ibiza’s infamous DC10, Space, Bora Bora and Berlin’s Berghain where he heard a complexity of dance music that inspired him to become a DJ. He has now played gigs in Berlin, Spain & Italy, Secret Garden Party, LoveBox & Eastern Electrics.
Where are you based?: London, UK
Webpage(s): Resident Advisor
Bottom Forty: Why do you play music?
Chris Camplin: I have always been uncontrollably drawn to music. From an early age i was fascinated by music and initially influenced by my older sister, who was sneaking into Glastonbury & and returning home with stories of rave & grunge culture in the early 90s. I’ve collected various genres electronic music for more than 15 years now and at 28 thats more than half my life. I play music because I love it.
BF: What do you see as your role in dance music going into the future?
CC: This year I got a pair of Technics 1210s & started to mix & build up a vinyl collection, this has given me a new found appreciation for my music.. My next goal is to start production, I’m planning to invest in some analogue synthesisers & try my hand at making some records which is something I’ve wanted to do for some time, I also want to keep DJing as much as possible. I’m working on starting a new party with some friends that is shaping up to be interesting.
BF: Favorite label or artist from the past year?
CC: My favourite label of the yeah was probably Dixon Avenue Basement Jams but Omar-S has been amazing too.
BF: What are you looking forward to most this year?
CC: This year I’m looking forward to some more international gigs, production work & starting my new night. Hopefully surfing as often as possible too!
BF: How does one stand out in such an established music city as London?
CC: That’s a difficult question, I think as a DJ it comes down to being able to find that balance between personal taste and reading the crowd. If you go too far one way or the other it can result in excluding too many people on the dance floor. I was originally asked by people I’d met to become & DJ based on music i had been sharing online, they seemed to be interested in my taste, i remember posting artists from Detroit like Moodymann & Theo Parrish & old 90’s house classics as well as more eclectic records. I believe to stand out you have to play music because you love it, not because you think you should love it.
Steffi – My Room
Holy Ghost – 3 fingers lou (Holy Ghost Remix)
Delroy Edwards – Bells
Soundstream – Weine Meine Mutti Wusste
Marquis Hawkes – Get Yo Ass Off My Grass
DVS1 – Floating
Randomer – Fun in the Sun
Prosumer – DayBreak
Marquis Hawkes – SeaLion Woman
Floorplan – Above the Clouds
Audion – Kisses