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MEET: CELESTIAL TRAX

DJ, music producer

 
July 24, 2015
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Q&A

Name.

Celestial Trax.

Current location and where you come from.

Brooklyn NY since Jan 2014, born in rural Finland and came up in London, UK.

What do you do?

I’m a producer and a DJ.

How long have you been doing what you do? Why did you start?

Under my current moniker since 2013, but I’ve been making music in various forms for about 15 years — since I was a wee boy. I started playing guitar in metal and punk bands when I was a kid. There wasn’t much else that interested me at the time and it seemed like a good way to escape some of the stuff I was dealing with.

Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?

I ride my bike a lot around the city and that has been really inspiring lately. I love the harsh industrial and mechanical sounds of the city mixing with the beauty and the grittiness of the landscape. I’m a big fan of the nature too and although I’ve lived most of my life in London and now New York, it’s the thought of it – a nostalgic longing that is maybe more important as far as inspiration goes.

What ideas, books, people, films, artists, etc are inspiring you personally or informing your work right now? 

I feel lucky to be surrounded by loads of super talented and creative people who push me to do more and be more productive. Artists making this mutated form of club music are hugely inspiring to me right now like Lotic, Rabit and Arca. I’ve worked with the visual artist V5MT on my last three EPs for Rinse and I love her stuff a lot.

Who are your favorite people to collaborate with and what does collaboration bring to your work?

I like to work alone but it doesn’t mean I don’t like to collaborate. I need my own space to do my own thing. I like to work with people who kinda do the same. I love it when people have strong visions and stand by their ideas. I respect that. Ultimately collaboration brings new perspectives and points of view to my work.

Do you have any rituals or practices that help you get into the creative zone? 

Not really, I just need privacy and solitude.

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be and what would you do together. 

Blackout era Britney and Young Thug. We’d make a conceptual album about Kanye West.

What’s been your career highlight?

Signing a deal with Rinse.fm is up there. Being able to move to New York and also doing a radio show with Björk and Tri-Angle Records was pretty cool.

What do you think our generation’s creative legacy will be?

Making everything accessible and blurring the lines of genres and different artforms.

What’s the most memorable dream you’ve had recently?

Been dreaming about cats a lot lately. I really want a cat.

Where are your favorite places to eat, drink, visit, or hang out in your city?

Bit spoilt here in NYC. Lots of good spots on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, especially food and drink wise. My current neighborhood Bushwick is also pretty good for art and music venues as well as cheap drink if you know where to go. Happyfun Hideaway for drinks and Samurai Papa for next level ramen.

What’s something that you haven’t experienced yet that you want to? 

The West coast. Playing shows in China. Trashing a hotel room.

Tell us a secret.

I’m too moody and emotional sometimes and I’m day drinking alone whilst writing this.

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