17 October 2010
Cristian Varela (Spain)
Varela is sought after by the most significant national and international media. He has been interviewed by television channels such as: MTV (Germany, Belgium, and Spain), VIVA, the BBC as well as Telecinco, TVE and Antena 3 just to name a few. Likewise his interviews have been printed in El Mundo, El País, GQ, Rolling Stone, and other international publications including Raveline (Germany), Time Out (Greece), Loud (Japan), Trax (France) and that put out by the Miami Winter Conference.
In 1986, he created his first classically styled compositions that surprised and caught the interest of those both near and far. In particularly it piqued the interest of many theatrical directors who chose to include some of his works in pieces such as: “El retablo de la avaricia”(“The Tableau of Greed”), “La Lujuria” (“Lust”) or in “La muerte de Valle Inclán” (The Death of Valle Inclán”) and others by the Calderón de la Barca Company. He was also the composer of music of a work by Mario Vargas-Llosa, “Ojos Bonitos” (“Pretty Eyes”).
It was at that time that Cristian Varela began his extensive and fruitful career as a composer and pianist than spanned more than 19 years of professional dedication, but without abandoning what he had considered his “hobby”, electronica. This year, his work in this genre earned him yet again Best Techno Deejay 2008, an award he has won several years in a row. He also brought out his new discographic production this year: “The Best Of Cristian Varela Since 1994”. This disk brings together the best and most famous hits of his extensive career under the well known Spanish label Blanco y Negro (BCN). He has also returned in full force to his work as musician and composer for film sound tracks (“Ramirez” 2009) and for music videos (“Cardboard head” 2010).
His productions and live performances around the world made him into an ambassador of electronica music. The vast discography he has authored triumphs wherever it goes and has led to his constant international tours across the globe from Japan to the United States by way of Europe and the United Kingdom.
With more than 100 works put on the market since 1994, with some of the most emblematic labels, including remixes, albums, maxi-albums and compilations, some of which have achieved remarkable sales such as, “El Cigarrito-Lunatic Dreams”. This was his first disk on the market and has served as a guide for many producers since then, as it was a benchmark in the era of techno-trance music. “Your Body Experiences Remix” and others have sold thousands of copies around the world, and have made him an irreplaceable figure within the landscape of cutting edge music, as well as making him an essential presence at the most prestigious electronica music festivals in the world. All of this cemented his place as a true specialist of contemporary cutting edge music.
And in a more commercial ambient he has remixed no less than titles as well known as the Eurhythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”, Michael Zager´s Band’s “Let´s All Chant” or “Rescue Me” used in a TV advertisement for a beer. He has also provided the sound track for the fashion shows of designer Felipe Varela, for his 1999, 2000 and 2001 lines of the prestigious Pasarela Cibeles de la Moda (Cibeles Fashion Week).
In 1994, along with his brother and current manager he created Pherenetic Society. From this music production house he directs two record labels: Pornographic Recordings, which ranks among the top techno music labels of the moment and provides an opportunity to new talents across the globe; and Donkeyhead Recordings, which encompasses style such as electro-house and ambient music.
A DJ School and the hiring of national and international artists are the other key points of Phrenetic Society.
He is, together with his brother Luis, a promoter of one of the most important electronica music and art festivals in Europe, the Electrosonic Festival, which has been nominated as the best European electronica music festival by the DJ Awards 2008, and is the only festival held in a natural park, namely area of Fuentes Blancas (Burgos).
The elaborate and esteemed professional career of Cristian Varela has been recognized with a long list of awards granted over the years, such as best producer, DJ and composer. Those which particularly stand out include “Best Techno DJ in the World”; “Best DJ of the year”, “Best Spanish Techno DJ of the year” (for eight years in a row) “Best mix session CD” (best session that can be purchased) and “Best International Album”.
Several awards have also recognized the work of his record label, such as “Best Techno Music Record Label” (2004 and 2006), “Best Electronica Music Record Label” (2005); and “Best Minimal-Techno Music Record Label” (2006), plus the award of having albums in the most important music charts in the world.
2007 prize for the BEST TECHNO DJ IN THE WORLD, an honor shared by names like: Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin or Sven Vath among other…