Carhartt WIP Radio August 2022

Ciel Radio Show


This month Carhartt WIP Radio welcomes Cindy Li aka @ciel_dj, a Canadian DJ, producer, event host, and label manager. Ciel has been making waves in Toronto since the launch of her radio show in 2015 titled “Work In Progress.” Following its success, she began throwing a series of progressive parties under the same name in the area.

As a producer, Ciel is prolific. In 2017, she released her debut EP “Electrical Encounters“ on UK label @peachdiscs, which was followed by four more EPs and a mini-album "Trojan Horse". Her work is eclectic, featuring four-to-the-floor rhythms as well as more experimental ambient and New Age sounds. In 2019, Li launched the label Parallel Minds (@weareparallelminds) alongside artists like Daniel 58 (@58daniel) and Yohei S, (@whyesss) designed to bring progressive, Toronto-based electronic music artists to the rest of the world. Ciel’s DJ sets are just as dynamic as her own productions, refusing to conform to one particular genre. Shifting from breaks to electro, or minimal techno to jungle, their versatility reflects her love of different sounds.

For Carhartt WIP Radio, Ciel has put together a vibrant mix featuring purely original, unreleased material, melding house and break atmospheres, with flashes of techno and deep dub throughout.

As ever, we sat down with this month’s host, discussing how classical music training both helped and hindered her as an artist, the representation of women within electronic music, and her work as an encampment support volunteer. Check the full interview here: