Chris Larsen (CA) Interview – November 2012
Siteholder had the pleasure to sit down with Chris Larsen to talk about Toronto, hip-hop, and love interests.
Q. Where are you originally from, and what was it like growing up there?
I am originally from Richmond Hill, a town just north of Toronto. Was good times growing up there. I was lucky to have a bunch of my friends living on the same block when I was growing up so there was always some kind of trouble we were getting into.
Q. Are you classically trained in music or was music something you came across later in life?
I learned the recorder in elementary school …. does that count??
Q. What music do you listen to beside house, techno, etc?
To be honest I listen to mostly electronic music and if its not that its older hip hop.
Q. Who (both historically and currently) would you say has influenced your musical style the most?
I don’t think it would be fair to just name one person because there are quite a few, I could probably list off a bunch but if I had to pick three they would be Mara Trax, Someone Else and Hip Hop/Rap in general has definitely influenced me a lot.
Q. How would you characterize your sound for those that may not be familiar with your music?
I find my sound changes with the mood I’m in at the time but deep bass lines, thick claps and some sort of vocal/vocal sampling will always play a big role in my sound.
Q. What is your studio set up like and what is the one single thing you would save if your studio suddenly caught fire!?
Pretty straight forward set up. Mac Pro, monitors, a sub, and a midi. Knock on wood, but if it went up in flames I’d probably save the mac and my external hard drive and if there was time I would for sure run back for my laptop.
Q. What is your methodology for starting a track?
I start off by building my kick, then I start writing my bass line, then I go for my clap and then after that I start creating my loop. I usually know within 30mins-1hr if its gonna be a good session…If it’s not I usually just shut it down and start something new the next time I hit the studio.
Q. There are three types of learning styles – visual, auditory, & kinesthetic. Which one are you?
Visual for sure.
Q. Tell us about the most memorable show you’ve played (where, when, why it was so memorable, etc.).
I have been very fortunate to have played at some dope parties and been on some sick bills here in Toronto, but opening up for Hobo (m_nus) at a BreakandEnter event called Will Food For Techno Party back in 09 was a gig I will never forget. It was the first time I opened up for a headliner and I honestly could say I was pretty nervous to play, but as soon as I dropped my first track that nervousness went away and I was just ready to do my thing.
Q. What are your interests outside of music?
I guess you don’t know me too well :p
Q. If you were stuck on a deserted island for the rest of your life, which musical artist (alive or dead) would you want to keep you company?
I’m gonna have to say Nina Kraviz.
Q. What do you have coming up that you are excited to share?
I have an EP on Casa Do Conde, which should be released mid September, another on Mystery Train Recordings in October and a remix on one of my best buddies label Roots and Wings.