CJ Mackintosh

CJ Mackintosh

Real Name:
Christopher John Mackintosh
Look at the history of British clubland, and you'll find the name CJ Mackintosh is woven inextricably into the tale. From house parties and illegal all-nighters through to British DJs beginning to create music of their own, from the acid house explosion to the British club scene coming of age with the Ministry of Sound, CJ has always been there, pushing things forwards by playing the music he loves.

Born in Paris but raised in London, CJs DJ career began at the age of 15 when he and his 17-year-old brother set up their own sound system and began playing house parties in South London, mixing up disco, jazz, funk, soul and early hip hop. He blagged his first professional gig at Flim Flam, an underground but influential night in south-east London run by Coldcuts Jonathon More. There was a guy scratching, and I knew I could do better. I hassled Jonathon for about a month, until he offered me a half-hour slot. So I got Einstein, a rapper/MC, and we started doing sets there. Eventually I started getting paid. Money wasnt the object, though it was just doing what I wanted to do.

In 1987, he made a name for himself by winning the UK title in the DMC Mix Championship. Suddenly he was in demand as a remixer, Dave Dorrell, another DJ prominent on the London club scene, asked him to join Nasty Rox Inc one of the first bands to mix rock and dance, with a DJ playing alongside the live instruments. Lauded by the style press, they toured extensively and recorded an album with Trevor Horn. I learned a lot, it was a good experience, being with the band for two years.

But ironically, it was a one-off dance single made with Dorrell and members in indie bands AR Kane and Colourbox that was to have the real impact. An adrenaline rush of samples and beats that defied categorization, Pump Up The Volume by M/A/R/R/S topped the UK charts in September 87, charting in the US the following year. At a time when Britains national pop station Radio One barely recognized dance music, this success was a vital confidence booster for clubland. Along with Bomb The Bass, it opened doors for all the DJs to say, Oh I can do that. Now look how its changed some of the bigger DJ's are like pop stars.

Since then, CJ has continued his prolific mix career, working on tracks by C&C Music Factory, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, De La Soul, Inner City, PiL, Coldcut and countless others. He has released several mix albums, and his Love Happy project charted in 1995 with Message of Love. He has traveled extensively as a DJ, and this experience and his ability to span musical genres made him an obvious choice for a residency at the Ministry of Sound in the mid-90s. He was a mainstay at the club until 1997.

CJ intends to get back in the studio, and make a long overdue return to writing and producing music of his own rather than remixing everyone elses. But he still loves playing live, and makes regular trips to quality clubs all over Europe.

As a DJ, CJ prefers to stay low-key, to let the crowd focus on the music rather than his personality. After more than two decades on the cutting-edge, he still has the same passion that fired him from the start. I can understand why people used to cry in clubs in the early days. When you hear the right record, at the right time, in the right place, theres no feeling like it.
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CJ Mackintosh Discography

Singles & EPs

C.J. Mackintosh* & Einstein (2) C.J. Mackintosh* & Einstein (2) - The Tables Are Turnin' Music Of Life UK 1987 Sell This Version
NWKTDJ 68/3 The Reese Project versus C.J. Mackintosh* The Reese Project versus C.J. Mackintosh* - So Deep(12", Promo) Network Records NWKTDJ 68/3 UK 1993 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

Sasha & CJ Mackintosh Sasha & CJ Mackintosh - Mixmag Live! Vol. 3 DMC Publishing Ltd. UK 1992 Sell This Version
DJ 7 C.J. Mackintosh* Nervous New York Tracks(Cass, Mixed, Promo) DJ Magazine DJ 7 UK 1993 Sell This Version
C.J. Mackintosh* Sessions 4 (Comp) Ministry Of Sound UK 1995 Sell This Version
NRV 2011-2 CJ Mackintosh Nervous House(CD, Mixed, Comp) Nervous Records NRV 2011-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
Tong*, Mackintosh*, Emerson*, Digweed* Tong*, Mackintosh*, Emerson*, Digweed* - Essential Mix Volume Two FFRR, London Records 90 Ltd. UK 1996 Sell This Version
540 654-2 CJ Mackintosh / Simon Dunmore CJ Mackintosh / Simon Dunmore - Anthems!(2xCD, Mixed, Comp) AM:PM 540 654-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
LIMB 76CD CJ Mackintosh / Terry Farley & Pete Heller* CJ Mackintosh / Terry Farley & Pete Heller* - Colours - The Full Spectrum(2xCD, Mixed) Limbo Records LIMB 76CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
MMLCDH01, MMLCD03, MMLCD08, MMLCD17 Sasha / CJ Mackintosh, John Digweed / Gordon Kaye, Nick Warren / Dimitri* Sasha / CJ Mackintosh, John Digweed / Gordon Kaye, Nick Warren / Dimitri* - The History Of Mixmag Live 1(3xCD, Mixed, RE + Box, Comp) DMC Publishing Ltd., DMC Publishing Ltd., DMC Publishing Ltd., DMC Publishing Ltd. MMLCDH01, MMLCD03, MMLCD08, MMLCD17 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MINMAG28 / MAY00 CJ Mackintosh Ministry Presents Live @ Ministry Of Sound(CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry (Magazine) MINMAG28 / MAY00 UK 2000 Sell This Version
TTDJCS 034 CJ Mackintosh CJ01(CD, Mixed, Comp) Trust The DJ TTDJCS 034 UK 2002 Sell This Version
CJ Mackintosh, Jazzy M, Marc Hughes CJ Mackintosh, Jazzy M, Marc Hughes - Fifteen Years (Album) Ministry Of Sound UK 2006 Sell This Version
none CJ Mackintosh Nervous House 20(CD, Mixed) Nervous Records none US 2011 Sell This Version

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January 13, 2016
Hello, I am curious as to what FXTC means/stands for? It appears a lot with CJ's mixes. Does the XTC mean ecstasy and if so, what would the F stand for, or something completely different? Thanks

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