Christopher Coe’s performances are dynamic, deep and genre bending. Incorporating extreme frequencies, his trademark dance floor funk that he is renowned for under his alter ego Digital Primate straddles the experimental worlds of sound art and atmosphere. Dissecting time, pulling apart rhythmic structures and building them up again unexpectedly, Coe’s aesthetic is one of chaos and decay underpinned by the deep relentless throb of the ever present but sometimes hidden kick drum.
Having produced, collaborated with and performed alongside some of the world’s greatest electronic producers and DJs – Mad Professor, Carl Cox, and DJ Krush to name a few, Coe, under the moniker Digital Primate, has DJed in the hallowed dungeons of legendary Berlin club Tresor alongside DJ Rolando, Surgeon and DJ Hell, and had coffee discussing the finer details of minimal music in hushed tones with Mark Ernestus (of Maurizio and Rhythm and Sound fame). Early Digital Primate techno releases through respected underground labels Pro-Jex and Bush in the early 2000’s set him apart as an important producer.
Album releases in 2005 and 2009 (mixed by Mad Professor) garnered worldwide respect and led to him working working with Carl Cox, producing hot new up and coming act Metals and performing around the world from Glastonbury to Rainbow Serpent (Australia).
His DJ sets are legendary in Melbourne due to his long running night Centriphugal being astaple amongst the electronic music lovers of his home city during the late 90’s early 2000’s. He is a veteran of the early outdoor party scene in Melbourne, has played at most of the early Earthcore events and many others and has a deep love for the sound of techno in the wild!
Over the last 6 years Coe has been residing in Amsterdam and London and working as a producer between London, Amsterdam and New York. In 2014 he took up residence in Amsterdam where he created and ran the Beatport Amsterdam Studios and worked as a producer alongside the many artists that come through.
His last release for Intec Digital, a collaboration with Reinier Zonneveld and Axan called Solid Block reached the top 10 Beatport charts and has been heavily supported by Carl Cox, Pan Pot, Adam Beyer and many others. In mid 2016 Christopher Coe moved back to the west of Ireland where he focused for 6
months on creating and producing his new album project called MNTNS of SLNC, a deep, emotional techno work inspired entirely by the mountainous landscape of his original homeland.
He now lives back in Melbourne where he has designed and built a studio for Carl Cox with whom he has started a partnership in new label called Awesome Soundwave which focuses exclusively on releasing the music of purely live electronic artists. ASW’s first release will be Coe’s MNTNS of SLNC. He is also working in collaboration with Carl Cox with the shared goal of keeping the joy and the soul of the dancefloor alive.
What Christopher Coe says about MNTNS of SLNC:
“This is my next album and live project: “Mountains of Silence” and it will be a musical and visual piece. It is based upon and inspired by the landscapes around my home in Co. Mayo, Ireland; the mountains, the mist and the drama of it ..When I look at these mountainous landscapes, I see layers of sound, I see waveforms and musical arrangements, I see texture, tension and musical dynamics, and I feel a deep resonance on an emotional and spiritual level. I realised when looking at these landscapes that, for me, this is what deep majestic, dark and atmospheric techno would look like! And so I felt this compulsion to go home and work for the last 6 months of 2016 on making a techno album based upon these ideas and this vision. I have climbed the mountains and captured these landscapes on film and in collaboration with Mayo based film-maker Paul Meehan and Amsterdam based animator Roy Gerritson of Boompje we have created an evocative and beautiful film that goes with the music. This film will be controlled and triggered live along with the music during the live performance of
MNTNS OF SLNC. I have used location recordings of mountain side funerals in sheeting rain, captured the gurgling of mountain streams and recorded Irish traditional instruments in a traditional setting to create new tones from these sounds and resonant instruments that I have blended into the deep, resonant and rumbling soundtrack for the mountains. The album comprises of 8 tracks in all and was produced in a house-boat in Amsterdam, an ancient stable house in the west of Ireland and a remote lakeside studio in Sweden.
MNTNS of SLNC is performed live as an audio-visual show. FRL is SUPER EXCITED to be showcasing this highly anticipated piece! Prepare to be blown away (like you can actually prepare for this)!