Burntsystems is the pseudonym created in the early 1990's by electronic musician Christian V. In an answer to the call of the “burnt” feeling trying to satisfy the “system” or tirelessly trying to conform to the ever changing pop culture landscape of the early 1990's and even present day. Born Heidelberg West Germany to a Norwegian Mother and his father an Army Chopper pilot from Bronx NYC brought the turn of the century European techno industrial, his sister’s disco back in the late 70’s, 80's pop and new wave and that sampler from Radio shack got on layaway when he was a young American at just 11 years old. (His Dad who rocked out every night on an acoustic guitar-singing Nitty Gritty, classic 50’s bands and his own Rockabilly originals) His Norwegian uncle would play piano and singing his head off every summer from ages 1-10. Reel to reel listening of his quite famous Grandfathers Norwegian Opera. His Mom’s choir practice live from ages 0-33. Christian V was destined to become a singer/songwriter. Taught classical violin and piano in grade school and joined the junior high chorus team by 6th grade-influenced by his mother’s classical, his father’s classic rock, older sisters Disco, Euro-techno, Philly electro, D.C.’s hip hop/go-go (was known to break dance in the 80’s when it was called “rap”) Boston’s rave, L.A.’s happy hardcore & rap, goa, Goldie’s jungle, Cosmic Baby trance, Moby’s punk, gothic metal (SOM-Die Krupp’s), Metallica metal, ambient (ORB), acid jazz (Calypso from N’Orleans) electro clash, Johnny Cash, LedZep hair bands, Air bands, Pink Floyd, Ziggy Stardust, Zoot suit Big Bands and rubber bands. You name it. Midi programming & sampling began while stationed in Bavaria under the careful tutelage of Bob Bozak (A music Theory professor in the same Army unit) under band name “Burnt Republic” (1992) taught to sequence the difficult lead synthesizer lines, so Christian could concentrate on the singing, lyrical placement and grooving with the lead guitarist. Multi track recording and mastering via cassette, ZIP DRIVES and eventually ADAT, then on his own utilizing many of the past and current DAW’s both MAC & PC. The drums became "Megabyte" when the session drummer would not show and the 1.256 MB Roland R-70 would take on the percussion roll. Bass, when the bass player exited the service and then on his own upon completion of his Army term. Whereupon, Christian V. began the development of his own one man band or “Megabite/Burntrobot” producer/composer era from 1993-1996 where he met a classically trained soprano singer named Space girl Z (aka Zoe Levan) “BURNT! Spacepop (1997-2001) was a pioneer of the many electronica/techno duos to come and created their own brand of music known today as technopera. They covered many well-known artists via Roland midi groove machines, such as Madonna, Michael Jackson and the Beetles and mixing in their own special blend of original songs called Spacepop. Gaining recognition via Jazz radio station plays in the area and was a leader in DJ & electronic music sponsored events in the Southwestern USA.
Collaborations began again in the Washington DC area after the “BURNT!” tour ended in early 2001. Christian V. returned to the roots of midi production and composing and utilizing the newest DAW’s on PC *(2002-2010) & eventually Apple from 2010-Present. Posting regular new original music on the once defunct MP3.com via dial up and now being played in Eastern Europe apparently and filling a discography on last.fm under “Burntsystems” from both new and “B Sides” of now available masters from live shows in the 1990’s and early solo work.
2010-Present Became connected to Sonic Circuits compilation from Washington DC, local Pop stars, "Beatnik Betty" for the Witchrock album in 2013, "Rhiannon Groom" " , “Trapdoor exit”, “Angelpirate”, Jenni Bloodworth, Johnny Graves & the Tombstones and creation of creative remixes for such talent along with new song and sound creations using the latest most creative musical technological tools.
The new 2014 endeavor with a well-known vocalist Su, the live drummer Nate O. from the Witchrock shows of 2012-2013 & Tombstones. Now Christian V. has gone very minimal in hardware since coming from the days of trucks full of gear taking an hour or more to set up to a more hands on interface via Maschine with a HUGE sample library, hundreds of VSTS, homemade & store bought effects. The new album is one that has people taking notice that Christian V. is paying homage to his roots in developing Electronic music to the next level.
After the success of the newest compilation album "White light Red Light" the idea of BEING20, a new sub label of burntsystems came into being. Being 20 a band, a stage for Being 20, thoughts on Being 20. The late part of generation Y with artists Ages 19-30 working with the experienced producer of burntsystems, Christian V. for creation of demos & singles.
“Art explains everything”