Cristian Varela celebrates 30 years of his career. Cristian plays a very important roll in the history of electronic music in Spain, being an indispensable part in the construction of the national industry of dance music and one of Spain’s pioneer international artists. The artist from Madrid writes in ﬁrstperson some of the most signiﬁcant pages of this evolution, becoming a pioneer in diverse aspects,which today make up the roadmap of this profession. These aspects were the ﬁrst Live sets, 4 turntableset ups, major events and festivals and the creation of a Techno label with a huge international repercussion. His advanced vision turned him into one of the main leaders of the professionalizationof the Spanish scene. Pornographic Recordings, Phrenetic Society, Electrosonic Festival and Manita arejust a few examples of his innovative proposals and creations.
Far from comfortable, Cristian has always remained faithful to his career as a multidisciplinaryentrepreneur, and to date continues to surprise year after year with new and exciting ideas. VARELIVE debuted in 2015, a twist in live electronic music, in real time, with the freedom to create and using Emulator technology. Cristian has always taken interest in the environment and he has beeninvolved in various awareness campaigns and solidarity actions. Recent campaigns that stand out arethe Fundación de Ayuda contra la Drogación (FAD) campaign, conducted by Dirección General de Tráﬁco (DGT) which won the Onda Cero Road Safety Awards 2015, parties that support the Red Cross,and his current project, “Varela Concept”, a collection of 12 tracks looking to raise awareness about problems of the planet and the environment, in order to raise funds for this good cause and taking theopportunity to unleash his role as a symphonic composer. It is this facet of his talent that is the most rewarding, being a soundtrack composer for ﬁlms, theatre, adverts and shows since 1986. He also recorded a symphonic album at the legendary Abbey Road studios, where he counted on the participation of the best musicians known. His last public performances have been during the catwalks of the famous designer of the Spanish Royal Family, Felipe Varela, who he composed musicfor and also played live at his events.
During all of these years, Cristian Varela has been able to ﬁnd the perfect balance between his projects in the studio and life as an international Dj. His shows continue traveling the globe to the biggest clubs and festivals of every country and continent. His charisma has earned the unconditional support of Carl Cox, a legend of the Techno scene that has counted on him year after year at his main events. He has performed at the most important festivals in the world, such as Ultra Music FestivalMiami, Awakenings, Tomorrowland, Exit, I Love Techno and Creamﬁelds, amongst many others. Media all around the world are constantly paying their attention to his music, his sets and his projects. That is why his Radio Show broadcasts on 100 stations in 30 different countries.
His inexhaustible creativity in the studio makes him one of the most proliﬁc Spanish artists inelectronic music, with more than 160 references on major labels such as Sony / BMG, Plus8 / Additive, Intec, Primate UK, Toolroom or Bedrock… His restless character and self capacity have made him become one of the few Beta Testers for brands such as Pioneer or Roland, who rely on his advanced judgment and knowledge that is also seen in classes and tutorials he has taught since 1996 at major schools and professional events such as Sónar+D, Eumes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid or CEV, amongst many others, actively engaging in the discovery and training of young talents.
Throughout these 30 years, Cristian Varela has been awarded with more than 40 prizes by the mainmedia of the music industry. In Spain he treasures dozens of awards designating him as best DJ of thecountry. He also received at the International DJ Awards, Best Techno DJ in 2007 and 2013, theonly Spanish artist to receive these honours, naming him the ambassador of Spanish Techno, an artist who shines his own light in every corner of the planet.
Best International Techno DJ (DJ Awards 2013) Best Techno DJ (DJOners 2011) Best DJ Of The Year (Deejaymags 2010) Best DJ Of The Year (DeejayMags 2009) Best Techno DJ (DjOners 2009) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2008) Best DJ Of The Year (DJOners 2007) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2007) Best International Techno DJ (DJ Awards 2007) Best Techno DJ (DJOners 2006) Best Techno Label: Pornographic Records (DJOners 2006) Best Spanish DJ (DJOners 2006) Best Techno Label: Pornographic Records (Deejaymags 2006) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2006) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2005) Best Electronic Label: Pornographic Records (Deejaymags 2005) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2004) Best Techno Label: Pornographic Records (Deejaymags 2004) Best Club: Emotion Tech Club (Deejaymags 2003) Best Track Techno: Hardsperm (Deejaymags 2003) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2003) Best Cd Mix Session: Salón de Mezclas (Deejaymags 2002) Best Remix: Electric Deluxe (DJOners 2002) Best Remix: Electric Deluxe (Deejaymags 2002) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2002) Best DJ Of The Year (DJOners 2002) Best DJ Of The Year (Deejaymags 2002) Best Techno / Producer (Deejaymags 2001) Best Techno DJ (Deejaymags 2000) Best International Album: New Electronic Audio / Architectures (DJOners 2000) Best International Album: New Electronic Audio / Architectures (Deejaymags 2000) Best Madrid DJ (Deejaymags 1998) Best Madrid DJ (ATTICA Awards 1996)