The shores of Eastern Canada are on the receiving end of the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean, it’s no secret that this is why the people of Nova Scotia are tough, determined and have a well known appetite to explore. One of their most treasured sons, CRaymak, is the epitome of those characteristics. The award winning electronic music maker is as true an expression of depth, grit, beauty and emotion as you could imagine.
Born in St. Johns, Newfoundland and growing up in Halifax, Christien Raymakers spent many of his formative days listening to the greats, Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Pink Floyd, The Roots, Linkin Park, Bjork, System of a Down and plenty more. But is was when he immersed himself in the cutting edge beats of Skrillex, Flux Pavilion and Seven Lions that he decided that Dance Music was his calling.
In 2018 he picked up his first award by winning the East Coast Music Association Award for Best Dance Music Record, the collaboration with Neon Dreams titled ‘Play With Fire’ taking the gong. The record, released on Circus Records, was released on his debut extended player “Abstraction’ a kaleidoscope of the sounds that define CRaymak.
As a student of the high art that is Jazz, CRaymak is a multi-instrumentalist who was born to question the meaning on music, to voyage across it’s boundaries and discover new sounds. Using 15 years of Classical and Jazz theory, this is an artist that incorporates advanced chord sequences and musical arrangements into dance-floor ready cuts for the modern world.
For a producer with such a diverse knowledge of music, genres are open season and you’ll be hard pressed to put CRaymak in a pigeon hole. Moving within the borders of bass music his sound is first and foremost hard, it is dynamic and always energetic. It’s no surprise he’s been called upon by the likes of Matthew Koma, Flux Pavilion, Mother Mother and more.