Santa Cruz’s very own Christian Bauhofer, better known as Minnesota, has become a household name in dubstep. Born in Berkeley and raised in Minnesota, Christian continues to lift the bar with his impressive and attractive productions. Over the past two years, his producing has taken off, with both originals and remixes gaining massive popularity on sites like SoundCloud and Hypem. His first EP Panda Snatching Tycoon was released to great acclaim in January 2011 on Tycho Records, featuring three original tracks: “Push It,” “Purple Daze,” and “Twisted.” Now, his tracks are heard all over the world, getting plays from some of his biggest influences, such as Bassnectar, MiMOSA and Modeselektor. His tracks have such a wide range of diversity that Christian has no problem playing with various types of artists, like Ghostland Observatory and RJD2. He once said:
“My goal is to make bass-heavy dubstep/glitch-hop music that’ll get you dancing, but is not the same old, three-note transformer-step … I try to focus more on the melodic side of dubstep, and hopefully, make quality songwriting a more relevant factor in the genre.”
This is a main reason why we are such big fans of Christian and his tunes. Below are some of our favorite tracks from Minnesota, all of which are available to download for FREE. We recently had the chance to chat with him, so make sure to catch our exclusive interview as well!