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If you belong to the regulars at Fri-Son or to the hard scene of Fribourg and its surroundings, you have certainly not missed on stage the most know ex-long hair, the ultimate Metallica’s fan. The sound engineer that makes the beautiful young groupies melt by playing air guitar on an old Slayer song and who happily drinks like a fish after a concert to talk about amplifiers.
Native from the charming little village of Liebistorf, in the middle of Kerzers and Murten, Christoph Noth started his musical carrier playing the devil’s instrument: the flute. However and since he was not able to connect a distortion to it, he changed his flute for a classical guitar. He studied it for 9 years. He studied Polygraphy but it took him two years to realize that it was not exactly his vocation. He devotes himself then body and soul to vice and evil things. He takes courses on sound engineering at the SAE in Zurich while he teaches guitar at a private music school at the same time. He would be fired afterwards. Dismissing his parents’ disagreement, he becomes a full-time sound engineer without any hesitation. One of his uncles being a musician and being hardly able to make ends meet, remembers him the challenge of the profession though. Yet mam’ listening to Queen and Santana, the pill sweetens a little bit. He is quite active today but not without a hard-working booking and promo structure behind him. He works as a freelancer but he also works for Hummus Records and he is also in charge of groups such as Olten, Abraham, Zatokrev, Schammash, Herod, The Burden Remains or The View Electrical. He only devotes himself to Switzerland and, as he explains to me, he is in need of a privileged relationship in order to work properly with the bands he is actually working. He has become friend of all band members he is in charged with, a basic aspect of his work but which doesn’t help him to separate his working and personal life, as he has recently realized.
A small anecdote: it must be clarified that under his hard metal appearance Christoph is a real kind and good-natured one. We hardly knew each other when I learnt that he was on tour with the Canadians Cancer Bats. As I know well my husband as the worst of the better groupies, I had asked him to bring me something from them. I was waiting for an old and wasted handkerchief from the singer or a piece of one of the drum player’s nails. He came back with a T-shirt autographed by all of the band members instead.
On the other side of his mixing table Chistoph loves being honest and frank but he will always remain correct. His objective is making the musicians he works with to come out of their comfort zone. His better lesson is still the first full metal evening at the Nouveau Monde…. Zatokrev was playing that night. They were finishing their tour. Chris tells me they came on stage with their backline and that the sound was perfect even before setting their microphones. That’s exactly what he searches for instance when he locks up with the band for some days to prepare a gig. Finding the way to produce a good sound on stage and not on the mixing table, working with the group to find a sound matching the group and being able to obtain perfection out of all that is coming from the micros. Currently, he mixes groups such as Red Fang or Aborted and he is starting to being able to pay his bills. What can we wish for him in ten years? “That he doesn’t lose his passion for music after listening to it over and over again “.
Chris has become the Cortez’s guitar player 6 months ago. This didn’t happen out of the air though. The group exists for thirteen years now. They released their first album ten years ago just before making a break. Antoine Tinguely, former member of “Berserk for Tea Time”, replaces the guitar player gone for Singapore and he rehearsals with Christoph, who will take care of the sound. With the rumors of a new album coming out in 2013 a residence is established in Europe, a touring in Europe prepared and a lot of dates booked. Everybody likes the project and that’s not for no reason. Antoine decides then to leave for New Zeland, so obviously Christophe takes his place. In October 2014 he plays for the first time on stage with other two members of the band.
Cortez is a trio wanting to make things different. Far from the old guitar-bass-drums power trio codes, we can find a guitar player who kicks ass and a drum player following the same path. Their objective? Destroy everything. The band focuses mainly on the intensity of their music by using all their sound knowledge to achieve something solid and powerful, layer by layer. I ask him if he feels confortable as well as a guitar player as a sound engineer. As he explains, there it was all about routine at the beginning. He used to lose his plectrum all the time and his fingers continuously bled (even though we know some people who love would it). Then everything came into place, step by step. Now he talks about “muscle memory”. Anyway, he is the only one playing guitar, so it is easier for him to disguise the mistakes. We hope it won’t be anything to disguise for his first time as a guitar player on the Fri-Son stage this Wednesday, April the first. The very same stage he has made as a sound engineer. Cortez opens for Kend Mode (CA). You should better not miss it.
When I finally ask him what he prefers to eat, he simply answers “ pussy”. He definitely belongs to this kind of guitar player without limits. That’s why we love them so much. Then Christoph seriously explains that he would gladly do a 90% based-on-cheese regime, if he could. He confesses to eat light and a lot of vitamins when he is touring. Daily, he doesn’t like offal. That’s his Swiss German part. As he says, “the Hawaiian toast is the most exotic thing we used to eat at my parent’s” and then he announces me that he would love me to cook a tasty croûte au fromage (cheese on toast) for him together with this article. So I got down to work and now I’m delighted to present you not one but two recipes.
The first one in my saucepan Le Creuset Emaüs (properly washed, of course), cooked with a cheese for raclette. The second one, a Gruyère.
Les croûtes de Christoph :
– See the recipe HERE
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