We’re in a great mood today as it’s mixtape time and this week’s fresh new one-hour long recording comes from Borrowed Identity. The man behind releases on labels such as DVS1’s Mistress, FINA and Ostgut Ton, among others, has delivered us a top quality mix that oozes class and delves into the true sound of deep house. Any mix that starts with ‘Rain’ by Kerri Chandler is a winner in our books! He’s also kindly taken some time out to speak to us, so please read the interview after the mix, which is just below.

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So, tell us a bit about yourself and your history regarding electronic music…

Hi my name is Chris, I’ve been producing and DJing for about 10 years. I’m 24 years old now and I try to avoid following any hype or trends with my music, especially since I started my alias “B.I”. Back in the day I started out as a rap nerd and hip-hop producer but around the age of 18 I got pretty bored with how stupid the rap world often is and got infected with the boom boom techno music I love today…

How did you get into producing? How did you find the whole world of production when you first got involved (easy, difficult, exciting…?)

I was already experimenting when I was 12 or 13 with crappy programs like Magix Music Maker or Hip-Hop Ejay where you could only mess around with pre-made loops. It was the time when YouTube was booming and everyone uploaded tutorials and stuff and you could get cracked DAWs, it was through those that I learned to make my first little things in Fruity Loops and Cubase. It seemed to me like rocket science back then to cut a sample, pitch it in time and program some boom bap underneath. But I stayed motivated and soon after I was able to program everything I needed for a dope hip-hop beat. I’m lucky because I think at that age you learn really fast, so it was pretty easy for me but I have to admit without the YouTube tutorials I would have been lost… That’s the real lucky advantage for my generation of producers, it must have been hardcore to learn and understand production in the eighties or nineties without any tutorials and stuff…

Oh yeah, totally. When you first started making music, what kind of sound were you aiming to replicate – any artists in particular who inspired your early musical explorations?

Me and my friends were heavily into the west coast stuff; Dr. Dre, Eazy E, Snoop, Ice Cube, DJ Quick, Nate Dogg (RIP) and that kind of stuff. I wanted to make those kind of beats but I wasn’t very successful, now I know I didn’t have the right samples. I thought those beats were all original productions back then. It was a shock when I found out all of this music that I love so much is mostly just a loop of a funk track with some extra drums and sometimes not even with extra drums or breaks, just the loop…

How long did it take you to get to the point where you were at least comfortable enough to start sending your music to labels etc…?

Two or three years.

Which track (if any) really boosted your confidence in the studio? What was it about that one in particular that helped you?

I was always pretty confident in the studio, I never felt like I couldn’t produce the sound I want and need. But with my track ‘Leave Your Life’ it felt very spiritual and deep, like never before. I immediately knew this track would change everything and so it did… this track basically catapulted me into a situation where I could get bookings and finally live completely from, and for, the music. This experience showed me that it’s not about making the most complex music, less is more, it’s a pretty simple track but it has this groove that made me realise which of my productions I really like, and what I’m searching for in music…

How do you feel about the music you’re making now?

I’m never satisfied and I cant really listen or play my music in public. It’s strange… I’m very shy in that regard, but I guess this is what keeps me striving to get better. I think the moment you love your own music too much and praise your own skills and stuff, it’s over. You lose that mojo that keeps you motivated for the search for that production that perfectly reflects your soul.

Finally, we hear you have a label in the pipeline, can you tell us a bit about that?

Yes, it will be called Chameleon Funk and will be open for any styles of music, for everything I like. Right now, I’m only focused on releasing my own music and my homie Mechanical Soul Brother, but if someone sends me the piece that changes my life, I’ll sign it. The first project on the label will be a collabo disco and g-funk house LP by me and Mechanical Soul Brother and I have two EPs lined up to follow after ranging from techno, ghetto house and deep house to latin and italo…

The label will be completely freestyle for some time…

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