We’ve got a lot of love for Citizenn here at Data Transmission. Having built a fierce reputation in the studio with a slew of well received EPs on some of the scenes hottest labels, we’ve enjoyed watching the man born Laurence Blake grow into one of our favourite producers, honing his sound as he found established his own distinct, sonic signature.
Citizenn’s ambitions stretch beyond immediate success, and his plans to evolve his sound – and the sound of house – have started to reach fruition. His DJ travels take him all over the world, from big festivals such as Hideout in Croatia to the techno legend that is Berghain, and his productions match these destinations for sheer underground class and diversity, yet never lose their humanity.
Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Deep and meaningful explorations of electronic body music and it’s variants.
What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Thats a doozy! there are so many favorites here…one in particular that always puts a smile on my face in or out of the club is FRANCESCA LOMBARDO – PERSEIDI – (ARIL BRIKHA REMIX)
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
I got my friend Ariadne from Mexico city to record the intro for me – a running joke I have about techno being the new death metal – and my love for a certain Queens Of The Stone Age album skit.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
So many doozys here! That would be super hard to say although I had a house party a couple of months back where me and my friends played for about 12 hours straight b2b playing everything from Len Faki to Goldie which was pretty spectacular.
What have you got coming up?
A nicely growing touring schedule, long sleepless nights in the studio and a release on a label I’ve been supporting since it started May see’s me release on Skream’s label with a bomb i’ve been holding back for a while which I’m excited to share with everyone.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Whenever i’m given the opportunity to do a mix I IMMEDIATELY get this crippling anxiety and a million thoughts running through my head about how it should start and how it should end and what should be in the middle – I find it so much more challenging than just doing to a room full of people. from recent conversations with my peers I’m not alone in this thinking – so just know when you’re listening to mixes more often than not it’s coming from a place of artistic and emotional turmoil ?
CITIZENN – I CAN STAY AWAKE ALL NIGHT
GAB OSWIN – RESURRECTED DRUMMER
BEN RAU – METATRACK
DANNY TENAGLIA DIBIZA (METODI HRISTOV REMIX)
KI CREIGHTON – OFF THE BAT (OSCAR L REMIX)
EKKOHAUS – UNSOUND
GEDDES + ALEX JONES – TUBULAR (LAUHAUS REMIX)
FRANCESCA LOMBARDO – PERSEIDI – (ARIL BRIKHA REMIX)
MONTEL – SEMPER
RADIO SLAVE – VISION
AIKEN – INDUCTIVE
CITIZENN – SONGS OF PRAISE + WORSHIP PART 3
JEFF MILLS – WHERE THE LIGHT ENDS (Q’HEY SECOND MISSION MIX)