Inflyte Radar: Carla Durisch

Zurich-based DJ & producer Carla Durisch made a grand entrance to the club music scene with the release of her inaugural ‘I Just Wanna Dance’ EP on Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels imprint last summer.

Now following up for her sophomore outing, she brings her latest single ‘Moist’ to her new launched THRPY imprint, which shares its name with her already existing event series.

She joins us for our latest Inflyte Radar feature, where we spoke about the new single, how 2024 has been going for her so far, and more. Read the full interview with Carla Durisch below.

How has 2024 been for you so far?

2024 has been busy yet fulfilling, primarily focused on groundwork and creative processes. A significant portion of my time has been spent in the studio, experimenting with modular synthesizers and fine-tuning my craft. Beyond my personal artistic development, I’ve been laying the foundations for my own record label, which is an exciting new venture for me. Additionally, I’ve been organising the second edition of my event series, aiming to create unique and memorable experiences for people.

You’re preparing for the launch of your own THRPY imprint, what made you decide to start a label?

The idea to start THRPY stemmed from my desire to have a flexible and controlled platform for my music and events. The event series I began served as the perfect platform to launch my own brand. I value the ability to release music that reflects my current mood and tastes, which can vary significantly. Having my own label allows me to release music on my own terms, ensuring that each piece I produce can be shared with the world in a timely manner, exactly when it feels right to me.

The first release is a single from yourself, titled ‘Moist’, how did the track come together in the studio?

The creation of ‘Moist’ was fueled by my exploration of analog gear during the winter. I utilized a range of equipment, including modular synthesizers, a Studer mixing console, Moogerfoogers effects units, an A80 tape machine, a Roland TR-808 drum machine, and an ARP 2600 synthesizer for the bassline. The vocals in the track are my own.

Your first official release came via Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, so you set the bar pretty high from the start, which other labels can we expect to see you release with going forward?

Having the opportunity to release my first official track through Damian’s Crosstown Rebels was a pivotal moment in my career. It set a high standard and exposed my music to a wide audience. While I’m focusing on my own label at the moment, the experience of working with such a respected label has been invaluable, and I’m open to collaborating with other labels in the future that align with my artistic vision.

Who’s been your biggest inspiration in music so far?

I’ve been fortunate to have a close circle of friends in the music scene, including Seth Troxler and Damian Lazarus, who have not only inspired me but have also provided invaluable guidance and support. Damian allowing me to release on Crosstown Rebels was a significant milestone for me. Beyond my personal network, Jeff Mills stands out as a major idol. His multidisciplinary approach to music and the intricate layering techniques he employs in his DJ sets continue to inspire my work.

What’s been your favourite track of 2024?

Although the year is still unfolding, I’ve been particularly loving Anetha – Let Me D&Be. The track has struck a chord with me, and I’m eagerly anticipating the release of her album.

Is there anything else you want to talk about before we go?

It feels like we’ve touched on the essential parts of my journey so far. This year, my focus is on growing THRPY, my label and event series, and I’m thrilled about its potential to impact my career and the music world. The community’s support has been heartening, and I’m eager to release more music that reflects my current exploration, especially in analog production. My aim is to foster collaborations that resonate with THRPY’s ethos, delve into live performances, and curate events that celebrate our collective creativity.

I’m looking forward to some exciting shows in 2024, currently planning a South East Asia tour. The Summer in Europe is also a highlight, with loads of fun festivals. Plus, don’t miss my next event with THRPY on April 27th, featuring Matisa. I’m committed to working with artists who share my vision, hoping to leave a significant imprint on the music industry. Stay tuned for what’s next, and thanks for this engaging conversation.

Carla Durisch – Moist is out March 15th on THRPY.