264 // C-Rock

Frankfurt House Music legend C-Rock kicks off our Local Heroes Week with a proper selection for our mixtape series.

C-Rock is Frankfurt native Christian Rindermann, a seasoned DJ and house music producer. At a young age, C-Rock knew that his career choice would either be music-making or football (soccer) but music had a much bigger draw. “No endless running sessions and no stupid training routines!”, says C-Rock. This certainly proved to be the right choice. Over his long and adventurous career, C-Rock has moved from humble beginnings, approaching his first set of nightclub decks in 1989, to become one of the heads of the ’90s Frankfurt house movement.

C-Rock’s musical preferences and influences are many, underlying exposure to a wide variety of sounds in his early years. His DJ sets and productions owe a debt to the early work of Curtis Mantronik and Kraftwerk, mixed with Chicago house, disco and the strong influence of the European electronic body music movement. Despite the different influence streams, C-Rock simply calls his style “house music” – plain and simple.

C-Rock started hitting his stride in 1994 with his debut 12″ on Playhouse and his almighty “Funky Dope Trakk”, accompanied by the formation of his own long-running imprints stir15 and lofi stereo. It was also during this period that C-Rock was able to hone his DJing talent by throwing legendary events together with Ricardo Villalobos and Yannick (Needs). House- and Techno nights with legends like Chez Damier, John Acquaviva, and Carl Craig led to residencies in clubs like Monza and Box.

In 1998 C-Rock released his debut album Track & Feel on his own stir15 label. Hailed as a milestone in the evolution of ‘new school’ German house music, the album received high ratings in SPEX, Groove and de:bug magazine. This was followed by a growing international demand for C-Rock as a DJ as well as collaborations with the likes of Swayzak, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vaeth, and Chris Duckenfield (Swag).

The new millennium saw the birth of a new project. Founded by fellow citizen DJ Matthias Vogt their Motorcitysoul collaboration entered the new century with a loud bang (and more than a few kick drum booms). Albums and singles for INFRACom!, Simple UK and stir15 were universally acclaimed as well as more recent singles for renowned labels such as Freerange and Ibadan. Motorcitysoul also found time to collaborate with Chez Damier on a stir15 single under the moniker of Kids In The Streets.

Besides his Motorcitysoul work, C-Rock also joined forces with further house heroes in the likes of Brett Johnson, Sasse, Sascha Dive, Chasing Kurt and Neville Attree (aka Further). He was also one of the resident DJs of the famous megaclub Cocoon Club in Frankfurt where he shaped the musical appearance of Sven Vaeth’s club-spaceship for more than seven years until the venue had to close. However, C did not stop there and continued with his residency for the legendary Pracht and the Frankfurt Ist Bunt events (together with Alex Azary, Mengi Zeleke and Sia Sanei). Travelling through space and time… House Music – state of mind!

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