Artists to Watch in 2018: Christopher Port
Australia has firmly established itself as a real player in the global music community with its new breed of cutting edge talent, particularly in the electronic scene. Each city with its own distinct community, when observed together, provides us with a vast roadmap of Australia’s subcultures. One talented local that has really shone last year -both in his subculture and increasingly in the mainstream of Australian electronic music- is Sydney based producer CHRISTOPHER PORT.
Sydney has always had a strong pool of talent, home to world renown acts such as MALL GRAB, FLUME and DRO CAREY, who’ve all gone on to break through in global markets. Since grabbing our interest in 2016 with his euphoric release ‘My Love’, Port has been building traction, both as a producer and performer. Finding a voice in a somewhat saturated scene can be a difficult task, but Christopher Port has managed to achieve this with ease, and a clear sense of direction. After a few years flying relatively under the radar, Port established himself as a veritable force with his stellar EP in 2017, Everything in Quotes “DARK”. Released as a joint venture between PIEATER and FUTURE CLASSIC, and further exemplified Port‘s abilities to be a genre-bending artist.
We got our first taste Christopher Port’s edgy, and raw electronica in a live setting at the annual multi-venue, Volumes Festival. It was a set that was not only edgy, but also informative. The rave-infused, moody electronica gave us a clear feeling about the type of music that inspired Port, and included a small taste of what was to come. In the basement of Oxford Art Factory gallery, it wasn’t just regular punters who took notice of Port’s emotional electronica. His set inspired ANNIE BASS to reach out for the pair to come together to create one of the most special collaborations of 2017, ‘Don’t Wait.’
We’ve seen Christopher Port find his signature style in 2017, a style that brings together a broad ranges influences, from both Australia and overseas. Port’s style, like many Australian producers, is laid back, and melody driven. But when you look at the development of his tracks, there are clearly broader cultural influences such as UK Bass and garage that illuminate Port’s work. It’s clear that Christopher Port is showing no signs of slowing down. From the early glimpses of gritty raw talent, Port’s bodies of work have continued to evolve, so cannot wait to see what’s in store next.
Words by Rosie Rae