Introducing: Christopher Port
Meet one of Australia's most exciting new beatmakers.
Grimey, upbeat and unpredictable; debut tracks Bump and Heavens offered a gripping introduction to up and coming Melbourne producer Christopher Port. Having spent recent times drumming for acts like Airling and #1 Dads, as well as playing live samples for Big Scary, Port has dedicated long hours over the past five years to crafting his own unique take on garage, and was recently rewarded with a spot on Pieater's already impressive roster. With a debut EP on the way next month, we took the opportunity to get a word in with one of the country's most promising new beatmakers about to put his name on the map.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a producer/drummer from Melbourne. I’ve played drums with bands like I’lls, Airling, #1 Dads and play live samples with Big Scary. I’ve been making my own music for about five years but have only just started releasing stuff.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
Well a lot of my stuff has 2-Step and UK Garage influences. While making this record I was listening to a lot of the Hessle Audio stuff like Ramadanman, Blawan and Addison Groove. So some of that probably comes through.
I try to keep things as spontaneous as possible. I like to work quickly and not stress out over the finer details too much. As long as a track feels good and I want to listen to it over and over then I’m happy. Once a track is done I do go over it and clean things up a little, but most of the time the final product you hear is pretty much how it was when I came up with the initial idea.
What do you do outside of this project?
Besides my own stuff I like to produce for other artists. Recently I’ve been working with BUOY from Sydney. I’ve co-produced her new EP Break alongside Jack Grace. I really like working with other artists on their music. It gives me a chance to play around with different ideas that I wouldn’t usually use in my own music.
Any shows coming up?
I will be playing in Sydney on Friday 26 August at Volumes Festival. I will also have a few things in Melbourne before then.
My debut EP is called Vetement and will be out via Pieater on July 15.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
I’ll have some EP shows and some festivals towards the end of the year. Also planning a bunch of one off nights with some friends, which will be heaps of fun.
Where can we hear more of your music?