References: CLR, Frankfurt
Chris Liebing is dj, producer, radio host of a weekly show and the driving force behind the labels CLR and Spinclub Recordings. His sound has continuously evolved during his dj career, always true to his techno roots. He was one of the first dj’s that used the new possibilities in the course of the digitalization of music in a consequent and creative way. The real-time manipulation of the individual elements plays an important role in his sets. He is a worldwide requested dj. and also part of the Collabs live act, together with the Dutch producer Speedy J. His productions and remixes appear in the play lists of numerous renowned djs.
It all started 1990 when he was called to fill in for a friend at the legendary Omen club and received enthusiastic reactions from the crowd. From this day until the closing of the club in 1998, he used to play there on a regular basis. In 1996 Chris founded his first label called Audio which released 17 tracks. At the same time Chris developed a new passion by presenting his first radio show Evosonic Update. In 1999 his well-established label CLR was founded. This was also the time when he started to receive top rankings in various categories of the reader polls of the popular music magazines, amongst them “best national dj”, “best remixer” and “best producer” on a regular basis.
In the beginning of 2001 he founded the pure remix label “CLRetry” and released mixes by producers like Marco Carola, Gaetano Parisio, Adam Beyer, Steve Rachmad, Speedy J., Chris Mc Cormack, DJ Rush, Ian J. Richardson and Ben Sims. In 2002 he started to work on his first artist album and the CLR website went online. From then on the CLR office took care of his exclusive booking and the labels. When his album “Evolution” was released by the middle of 2003 it received massive media attention and enthusiastic critics.
That summer many things started moving, for example on Ibiza. After playing for the first four Cocoon Ibiza residencies, Chris played for Carl Cox. In 2004 and 2005 he co-hosted Mauro Picotto´s Meganite at Privilege, where he also hosted the first and promising Spinclub season (named after his club in Giessen) in 2006. In the following year the Spinclub continued at Space. Inspired by the successful season at Space, the label Spinclub Recordings was founded in the beginning of 2008. The first residency of the Spinclub Radio Show started in the summer of the same year on the radio station Ibiza Sonica, followed by Ibiza Global Radio in December.
Since 2005 Chris produces in his own (obviously “state of the art” :) studio in Frankfurt. In the same year a productive and still persisting friendship between him and Speedy J. began, which so far resulted in the Collabs album Metalism on Novamute and various singles. There are plans for another Collabs album.
2009 was a year of many changes for CLR. Chris Liebing and his team celebrated the 10th anniversary of CLR, restructured the label, opened an office in Berlin and celebrated many great parties on Chris´ club- and festival gigs. The residency at the BE nights at Space / Ibiza became a big success. Chris also began with the production of the weekly CLR podcast, which by now counts more than 250.000 monthly listeners. He officially renamed CLR into CREATE LEARN REALIZE (as this is what he did most of his life) and by doing so he finally got rid of his ego in the label name. 2010 CLR started off with the 10 Years CLR Compilation with 10 exclusive tracks by some of the finest techno producers of our time. Musically CLR opened up and became slightly more experimental, which only increased its popularity. For the musically more complex and song based releases, the sub-label CLRX was founded and started off with the release of the new MOTOR album “Man Made Machine” in the beginning of 2012. In 2013 Chris Liebing´s dj schedule, as well as CLR´s event and release schedule are busier than ever!