|Artist name / Real name:||Tofa / Chris|
|Whera are you based?||Berlin|
|How long in the mix?||Since 1999|
|DJs / bands / you worked with:||Grooverider, Dave Clarke, Juan Atkins, Robert Owens, DJ Assault, Andy C., Aaron LaCrate, Theo Parish, Blake Baxter, Marcus Intalex|
|Places / clubs / events where you worked:||Resident at Tresor/Berlin since 2007, hoch10/Hamburg, Rosis/Berlin, T-Mobile Streetgigs Tour 2008, Coke DJ Culture Tours since 2008, Metalheadz, Urban Art Forms Festival, sound:frame Festival, transmediale|
|Relevant other experience?||From music-production to animations and film editing in combination with illustrations, urban art and photography - all-inclusive.|
|Your turn-ons:||to realize visions|
|Your turn-offs:||no visions|
|What keeps you motivated?||passion|
Content and music
Where do you get your inspiration?
By travelling and travelling without moving.
How would you describe your content / visuals?
Various styles are possible – depending on the needs - a selection of motion-graphics, shortclips, lightwriting-loops, and live-cinema-storytelling...
How do you prepare your content / visuals?
Working out a visual concept – contentwise producing everything new, e.g. architecture-orientated mappings, multiscreenings . Realtime mixing and re-editing later. So GrandVJ helps me a lot to work on an intuitive permanent exploring liveset with great modulation options.
Is it purely video / data or does it contain audio?
As i´m not only into vjing but also into own music productions i use both in combination very often. Both is less without the opposite!
What is your preferred genre of music to work with?
Basically it´s electronic music.There are no personal boarders between styles, as long as it is good music.
Working at Tresor actually brought back a lot techno influences in my life, but i´m also open to ambient, instrumental hiphop, triphop, breakbeat, d&b and jungle, or what´s coming up next!
What are you working on now?
Schaltraum - an audiovisual livestudio at Tresor for ongoing collaborations with other artist.
Hardware & software
What kind of setup do you use; how does your VJ Setup look like?
2 Laptops, Tripleheads, V4 Edirol, Korg Nano Control, Panasonic AWE-7 for some rare oldschoolsetups, 4 projectors, Toshiba videowall
Arkaos GrandVJ, Ableton Live, Korg Kaosspad 3, Korg Kaossilator
How long do you use ArKaos now?
I had my first tryout in February 2003
Why / when do you use ArKaos?
I use ArKaos mainly for mixing live and for remixing produced content - it's easy and allows fast handling and a quick midimapping.
More or less it depends on the person behind the screen, for me it s about the balanced combination of lights, visuals and music.
Time & money
Which remuneration would you expect for a VJ set?
Nothing is for free ourdays, but getting a positive feedback in the end - that's what counts the most!
Links & contact info
Email / Bookings?
Artdirection for Tresor since 2007
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