Hailing from Clearwater, Canada, Chrizpy Chriz is consistently and successfully pushing the boundaries of experimental bass music. His production offers a unique duality of consuming. It can be best digested via at home listening, or in a dark, sub thumping rave warehouse. He is a sonic wizard, bending and shaping distorted synths and basses to perfection in his puzzle-like production.
His discography contains some substantial releases so far, such as his Retrieving Light LP on VALE. This is only the beginning of the growing attention around this producer, as we prepare for his upcoming LP, Warp Crawler on YUKU. He’s been supported by the likes of Noisia, Amon Tobin and more.
I was able to catch up with Chrizpy Chriz and pick his brain about his inspirations, his incredibly unique production and his insight on his next massive release.
You are somewhat of a mystery, considering you are mostly found on streaming platforms, so this is incredibly exciting for me to deep dive into your project. Let’s talk about your background first. How long have you been producing and what caused you to want to start producing? Any specific reason why you chose bass music?
I have now been producing for a solid 8 years. The thing that really made me want to begin producing was my love for beatboxing electronic styles. I have been obsessed with face music since the age of 14. I beatboxed at a ton of raves and went to some huge festivals like Shambhala and Bass Coast and it led to me falling in love with bass music as well as the amazing community behind it.
Who are your biggest inspirations that pulled you into this realm of electronic music?
My biggest inspirations would be Noisia, Amon Tobin, Ivy Lab, Lapalux, and G Jones. That is just a few of the producers that really pulled me in. Amon Tobin highly influenced me in the sense of stepping outside of the box. Noisia as well has always been such a go to for inspiration as well and it is amazing to catch so much of their support. I really appreciate so many of these more experimental projects.
The diversity within your production has always impressed me. What is your favorite genre to focus on when you are in the studio?
At this point it seems as though I kind of have taken the genre out of it for myself, It’s an in the moment process for me, sometimes there’s a plan, but usually I just mess with synths until I get a sound and then I apply it to what I think suits it best. Genres that come about are drum and bass, dubstep, future beats, hip-hop, techno and more melodic styles of bass music, although I really have a big love for the gnarly halftime more than anything at the moment.
Your Retrieving Light EP on Vale was my first introduction to your sound, back in 2019. It was so expansive and genre fluid in terms of how well you work with heavily distorted elements in all of your stylistically diverse tracks. How would you say your production has evolved from that release?
That’s awesome. Thank you, I would say that I have gone even more experimental from that point, After I did the Unstable release with Methlab I got sucked right into the obscurities of sound design. It has just got even weirder and cleaner in my opinion. I am very happy with that.
Every artist has a defining moment in their career when they realize this is the only path for them. What has been this moment for you?
I think that it’s less of a moment for me and more of a feeling, I think what keeps me going is being able to continually express myself in the way I want. It feels so good to make music that truly is me.
The staple question to ask every producer. Who are your dream collabs?
My dream collabs are Noisia, Former, Thys, G Jones, Amon Tobin, and Tsuruda.
If you had to pick one release of yours that can fully encompass the Chrizpy Chriz sound and experience, which would it be & why?
The Unstable release on Methlab. If I had to whittle it down to a track I would say Alien Language. For me that body of work was a very true expression as to what kind of artist I am.
Congratulations on your album, Warp Crawler that’s dropping on YUKU. This is your first album, which is incredibly exciting, can you give us some insight into the album and what it means to you?
The Warp Crawler LP means so much to me. For me this one was all about stepping as far into the depths of experimental bass music as much as possible and just doing things different in general. It is it’s own world of warping chaos. The thing that makes it so much more special than any other release I have ever done is the fact that my grandpa made the art for the release and it’s going to be printed on vinyl. What an amazing collaboration. I appreciate him so much, as well as YUKU. I am so happy to be a part of the YUKU family.
How long has this entire curation process been? What is the takeaway or message of the album you want the listeners to experience when your album is released?
Some of the tracks on the album range back to three years, In total it took about two years to get together. I want to give listeners a whole new take on bass music and to experience the oddities of my art.