Andy Grichting aka Chief Thomson or just me, hi. I was born in 1983 in a southern part of Switzerland. As the blood from my father had luckily jumped over into my human being, my ears were indulged early by auditive excitement. He has been a local Folklore musician in the village I grew up. The other sonic input came from my mum, with her fascination for 80s Pop music.
With my fascination for computers and technology it was only a question of time until I was drawn to the music scene.
As one might say, you only learn from the best, I was lucky to have a local Producer and DJ in our village. Well known in our region with a bunch of releases and many acts as a DJ, I had the pleasure to actually meet this guy. As he had many old records as a DJ, which had no more use to him, I was the one buying loads of his old records. Of course I was really proud of them, as I obviously had brought them from someone to whom I was looking up.
He was the one who has taught me much about 19 inch racks, DAT tapes, mixers with motorized faders, Cubase and much more.
Later, at the beginning of the 21st century, a friend of mine spent some bugs on a classic mk-2 set with a mixer. We really had our fun playing a combo by swapping our places after each track (called the Ping-Pong). As much I was enjoying it, I knew this was meant for my pleasure and isn't something which ought to define my forthcoming way. No matter what, DJing is literally the most astonishing way to get in contact with other DJs, learning all the “big names”, which do in fact still inspire me to date.
Nowadays, I clearly put my focus on producing. I released one album, 3 EP’s and the fourth is about to be released. I don’t make a living with it, but who knows what is about to happen next.
I often upload tracks onto my Soundcloud to share my passion with my followers. It’s not the biggest goal in life to make money out of it, but to enjoy one’s passion and scatter it to the world.
As I’ve already done some collaborations with other artists from different genres, my aim for the future lies on having more of them. Socializing, being creative and spreading my ears to all different kind of genres, is what keeps me intrigued to work on my current and future projects.
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