Exclusive mix 83: Chris Ferreira’s contemporary acoustics

An hour-long adventure in harmonic exploration that goes from jazz and contemporary classical music to electronic and ambient sounds, courtesy of Brussels-based DJ and sound engineer Chris Ferreira.

Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…

I’m a DJ, sound engineer and student in musicology. I think my interest in music came very naturally. As a teenager I made most of my discoveries through radio, most of it being hip hop at the time. Today, my musical preferences cover a wide range of genres, from any period in time.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

I started working seriously with music and sound five years ago, when I arrived in Brussels for my studies. Now at university, I study art history, music theory and history, next to analysing harmonics and forms in music. Thanks to my experience as a sound engineer, I can also work with some local artists that are looking for an extra ear and some good gear to make their music sound a little bit better. I’m also active as a DJ, and as an avid record collector.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

Fortunately, it is a full-time thing at the moment and I’m really grateful that I can spend my time studying and working in this field. I’m very thankful to all the people that have trusted me so far and that gave me opportunities (whether as a DJ or to work on their music)

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?  

The mix is a compilation of some of the music I like to listen at home, and music that struck me hard. There is no particular influence, this is just a piece of continuous sound made out of several tracks that I took off of CDs or records. I dug them out, because I wanted to share them for some time now. I guess the mix is best to be enjoyed while relaxing at home, but it’s entirely up to you. I believe that some people might get struck by the music, the same way as I did. It is undoubtedly special to me, as it marks a moment in my life in terms of music interests and discoveries.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix?

The exclusive track is called Bee, composed and produced by Ugné & Marija. They haven’t released anything yet, but they are working pretty hard on shaping the atmospheres they like and expressing their vision of music. They will play their second concert ever on the 19th of November at the Different Fountains HQ. I recorded and mixed the track.

When and where did you record it?

I finished constructing the mix on a Sunday in my studio, although I had the whole thing in my mind for a long time already. I hope you will enjoy the music as much as I do.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

Strictly no favourite, I like all of them in a specific way. 

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

Working in the studio, working for university, and going to Lille to DJ for some nice guys (Playtime, the 19th of November)