The Swiss DJ born in the Ivory Coast, Christian Meyer alias Swissivory has steadily become a force to reckon with in the music industry over the years. Not only has he shared the stage with some of the industry’s biggest names (Rihanna, C. Brown, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa) – he has also shared the studio and worked with some of the most respected artists in the game on the production side (LL Cool J, Cali Swag District, YMCMB). Beyond being a celebrity DJ, he has also gained respect from the stars themselves. This is how he became an official DJ for N.O.R.E for example.
In 2014 he got signed to uber-producer Ryan Leslie’s team, both as an in-house producer as well as an artist, and through the DMM label, Swissivory successfully launched his debut album “Real Dreams” and Germany. His first single with Papoose (Love & Hip-Hop) reached #3 on the College Radio charts.
After two years of touring around the world, he also helped kick-start the career of Swiss pop sensation Tariah as the executive producer of her debut album, “Express Yourself”. During that time he also released a few singles including a video with Grammy-winning Jamaican Dancehall legend Bounty Killer, as well as a few singles and EP projects with his artist C-Tru from L.A. Now currently working in the studio on his follow up album ”Real Dreams 2”, Swissivory has a few surprises in store for his fans. Stay tuned for Real Dreams 2…
After peaking at #3 on US college radio rap charts with the first single “How We Roll” (a first for a DJ based in Switzerland), featuring none other than hip-hop legend Papoose, Swissivory eventually got signed as an artist and producer to the legendary R&B producer Ryan Leslie; his album “Real Dreams” landed on the Swiss Charts (#8 Hip-Hop album on iTunes Switzerland). His record with NORE broke the top 20 on Audiomack.com, and his music videos have gone viral. No wonder: with such a big co-sign like R-Les, and a list of featured artists such as No Malice (Clipse), Cory Gunz (YMCMB), Gunplay (Maybach Music), Cali Swag District, Blackstreet, SwizZz (Funk Volume), and many more, Swissivory achieved something that only very few DJ’s in his country have achieved.
A TEAM PLAYER
Unlike many DJ’s who would take advantage of being in such a great position, he’d rather provide up-and-coming artists with an opportunity to feature on songs with these huge artists, opening many doors to unsigned talents. “As a producer it’s essential to have references, but it’s equally, if not, more important to help the talents of tomorrow, that’s why I wanted an unsigned artist on the same track with a platinum-selling artist”. Always a team-player, this can also be seen is his sets, and also during his events, as he has given many of Switzerland’s DJ’s a guest appearance at his “PARTY HARD” event series over the years. Despite the recent success though, it was not always that easy for Swissivory. Sharing the studio with LL Cool J did not happen overnight.
HARD WORK PAYS OFF
Born and raised in the Ivory Coast, he then left his family and moved to Boston to complete his bachelor’s degree at Boston University. As a college student, he learned his trade as a DJ; After graduation, he returned to Switzerland to be closer to his mother. She survived a fatal accident in 2006, which tragically left her paralysed. Needless to say, this was a life-changing experience for him. In short, every time Swissivory settled in a new country/continent, he had to start from scratch and prove himself all over again. Not only was he challenged on a personal level when he moved to Zurich, he was also faced with language and cultural barriers: “I didn’t know anyone, I couldn’t even speak German at the time, although it’s still a challenge for me (laughs)”. However, the need to adapt to a new environment definitely played a big part in him becoming the versatile musician, producer and DJ that he is today. “People around the world relate through music, it’s the ‘universal language of Mankind’; yet a crowd in New York city is different from a crowd in Hong Kong or in Zurich. Having to adapt to the environment I was in at any given time, helped me not only become a better DJ but also a better person.” In the end, slowly but surely, his talent shone through.
#REALDREAMS The DJ
He has now become a resident DJ at Switzerland’s most famous club Kaufleuten, as well as his city’s top clubs; he also boasts residencies across Switzerland’s best locations, and he has played in virtually every venue the country has to offer, from the smallest bar to Zurich’s biggest arena, the Hallenstadion on New Year’s Eve in front of 12’000 people. He is also one of the few DJ’s to regularly play both in the German, French and Italian part of Switzerland. Swissivory DJ- ed at afterparties and concerts for artists such as Ciara, Bobby V, Ryan Leslie, Rihanna, Trey Songz, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, M.O.P, T.O.K, Method Man & Redman, just to name a few. His skills as a DJ also brought him many residencies beyond his own borders, notably in France, Germany, and Austria. Not one to boast his name, it is still fair to say that Swissivory has paid his dues as a DJ and producer.
#REALDREAMS The Album
Swissivory is now promoting his album “Real Dreams”, fresh off his 2nd US and Jamaica tour in 2015, while working on various artists’ projects and DJing around the world, including Tariah, a singing talent in Switzerland, and C-Tru, his long-time collaborator from California. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you should never let anything get in the way of your dreams. It took me a lot of effort, patience and time, but in the end, I went from dreaming about how my life could be, to truly living my dream. This is what my music is about: Real Dreams. My goal is to make people believe in themselves, and to inspire people around the world through music. If I can make it, then you definitely can achieve anything you put your mind to.”
International Monster Products DJ. #RealDreams
Artist & Producer for Ryan Leslie
Official Coast 2 Coast DJ
#RealDreams Powered by:
Bright Urban Fashion
2nd Skin Tattoo & Piercing
Papoose, C-Tru, Spits Nelson “How We Roll” (Prod. Swissivory):
As seen on MTV/ JOIZ / VEVO. #3 US college Radio Charts: http://youtuz.be/4AWWD-NzGdc
Cali Swag District – “Money Dance”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x3rVbvkvyw
Tariah – “Good Girl Gone Bad”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuRykk7YGtE
Tariah – “Wine Up”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLAqnjwVN2s
Patrick Miller Ft. Tariah – “Don’t Stop”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB_stLf1jPM
Upcoming Video projects:
N.O.R.E., Young Noble (Outlawz) – “Drinks On Me”
Bounty Killer – “Like A Phone”
Tariah Ft Lenny Harold (Blackstreet) – “Love”
“Real Dreams” Album Release 6.3.2015 via:
Ryan Leslie DMM Label (digital) on www.swissivorymusic.com
Nation Music GmbH (CH) – Media Markt, Ex Libris, and more
Afterparties for artists like: Rihanna, Trey songz, 50 cent, Ryan leslie, Wiz Khalifa, Bobby Valentino, Omarion, Sean Paul, Ciara, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd Banks, MOP, Capone N Noreaga, Method Man & Redman, T.O.K., Babey Drew (chris brown DJ),Dj camilo (NYC), LL Cool J (studio album listening) and many more.
Club References in Switzerland like: Kaufleuten, Hiltl, Plaza, Mascotte, Hard One, Moods, Blok, Icon, Aura, Vior, Indochine, Jade, Escherwyss, Härterei, Q club, State club/Blue Note Biel BE, Du Théâtre Bern, Wasserwerk Bern, Mythic Fribourg, Loft Club / Mad Club Lausanne, Loft Club LU, Vegas Club LU, Galvanik Zug, Rok LU, Casineum LU, Backstage SG, Trischli SG, Fame BS, Obsession BS, Velvet BS, Atlantis BS, Singerhaus BS, and many more.
Club References in Europe such as: Beat club Schaan LI, Notlösung Lörrach DE, QU Club Freiburg DE, Oasis Club Stuttgart DE, Golden Club Kaiserslautern DE, Stadtcafe Innsbruck AT, le Bowl Annecy FR / Rimini, IT, and many more
Club References in the US: Boston: Rumor / Avalon / Venu / Jam’n 94.5. New York: Taj / Toro Lounge / Adidas Store / DNKY Store. Las Vegas: Palms. Miami FL: W Hotel, Blackbird Ordinary, Cafeina. And many more
References in Asia through International Party Rockers: Tokyo & Osaka, Saigon, Thailand, Bangkok, Hong Kong.
Mixtapes hosted by: Fatman Scoop, Young Noble (Outlawz/2pac), Capone N Noreaga, MC Lyte, Guru (Gangstarr / DJ Premier), and many more
#RealDreams the Album ft. artists such as:
Cory Gunz (YMCMB), Papoose, NORE, Cali Swag District, Gunplay (Maybach Music), Blackstreet (“No diggity”), And many more
Usgang.ch (Steckbrief, CH)
Picasso punk (CH)
Hiphop Lead (USA)
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