Known as this generation’s new, prolific techno composers, CELIC has reached top positions in charts. He’s supported by some of the most well-known artists in the industry and his music has homes in respected labels such as Terminal M, Form Music, Transmit Recordings, Night Light Records. CELIC is constantly experimenting with new sounds and exploring various ways to push boundaries with music. His newest EP welcomes a collaborative effort, and he shares more about the creative process.
Hi Celic, and welcome. It’s great to have you and we’re excited to hear what your artist journey has been like as well as what’s been going on since the release of your latest EP, ‘Remote.’ How has the pandemic been treating you when it comes to your projects?
Hi 6AM team, thanks for having me. I’ve been so happy since Remote EP was released because we’ve got received feedback from audiences, Spotify included ‘Bodycheck (Original Mix)’ in its playlists ‘Electronic Rising,’ ‘Electronic Circus’ and received support by Will Clarke. During this pandemic, I’ve had more time to focus on music productions, manage my label, and I have initiated to make minimal tattoos as a hobby (maybe in the future I’ll work in this area as well).
Have you been playing any shows? How do you prepare for a gig prior, and what’s your after-care routine?
Yes, last month, I played at Espacio Broadway, Club Room, Valparaiso, and in NYE the event at Espacio Fogon. Before a gig, I usually select a pack of favorite tunes and decide which one to play while performing, besides I take into account if I’m the main artist of the night, warm-up, or closing the party.
What was it like working with BOHO, Bianka Banks, Speaker Honey when on ‘Remote’ EP? Any funny stories or learning moments you would like to share?
I have a great friendly relationship with Boho. Initially, we shared some project ideas, then he introduced me to Bianka who contributed with the vocals. When we had tracks ready we included Speaker Honey in order to support women talent. The fun part was that I made another version of ‘Bodycheck’ alongside C Galaxy that the label found a bit fast (138 bpm)…and after a long talk, we agreed in releasing it as a remix.
How do you choose certain sounds that you know would work for a track? For ‘Bodycheck,’ how did you find the right sounds that worked well for the track’s vibe?
If I make a track for a label in particular, first I listen to their new releases because it’s important to have references of their current sound and then start looking for elements that fit in. The construction of ‘Bodycheck’ was natural because we frequently shared music ideas until we both agreed on something.
You’ve worked on many respected labels; to name a few: Terminal M, Transmit, Form Music, Codex, Set About, and even Jannowtiz for your recent ‘Remote’ EP. How have all of these labels impacted your creative mindset when it comes to your music?
I’m a big fan of their sound and I have a very good relationship with them. As part of Form Music, I’ve been invited to be backstage on events like Resistance, Elrow and had the chance to share time and take professional advice by artists like Popof, Oxia, and Julian Jeweil.
How would you describe the techno and club culture in Santiago, Chile? Any memorable moments that come to mind?
I feel that the techno community is growing and event promoters are giving more opportunities to artists of this style which I find awesome as the aim is to promote art and music we love. A memorable moment I remember was December 31, 2021. I spent at home with my family, had a dinner, then I played in NYE party, and after that went to my favorite Club Room.
What can your audience expect from you in 2022?
I have been working on a bunch of projects and collaborations. There’s a forthcoming release in February alongside Leo Force on Unity Records and I’ve been planning stuff with Patrick Scuro as well.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I really hope the pandemic will stop and I can see you all dancing, smiling and having fun in clubs and festivals!