Before taking over The Gallery this Friday, Chuckie talks Metamorphosism, future stars and six hour sets
Hi there, how are you?
Nice to meet you. Thank you for having me today!
Firstly Happy New Year! How did you see in 2015?
Happy New Year to you as well! I couldn’t have asked for a better one myself. Performing at Naava Club Melle as a part of Metamorphosism was a great experience. It was one thing to see so many fans at the show. But to ring in the New Year together? That’s what makes this so rewarding.
Please describe to The Gallery faithful, how the ‘Dirty Dutch’ concept first came about?
I was influenced by several different genres growing up, but surprisingly dance music was not one of my first inspirations. Hip hop will always be at the core of my roots, but so will breakbeat and drum & bass. Awesome 3’s "Don’t Go" record will always be at the top of my list. It was the first time I really discovered my passion for electronic music. As I incorporated more house into my repertoire, the Dirty Dutch sound just came about naturally.
Would you say this sound has evolved over the past few years?
Absolutely, it has always been my goal to expand into all spectrums of music. I’m constantly searching for new sources of inspiration for Dirty Dutch. The label is a platform for discovering new artists. There are so many talented DJs / producers today, it’s always refreshing to collaborate with your peers. Dirty Dutch is evolving and crossing into genres outside of “traditional” dance music. Mixing in hip hop, dancehall, trap, Melbourne Bounce, etc...there’s so much potential to create new music with the Dirty Dutch sound these days. For example, Childsplay and I just released the second Traphall EP this month. Our mutual passion for creating new music, with styles ranging between the past and present, is what led to making this project a reality.
How was your previous visit to Ministry of Sound, for their Saturday Sessions night?
Ministry of Sound will always be close to me. Some of the best memories I have, throughout my career, are from Saturday Sessions. We put a great deal of thought and care into the venues for Metamorphosism. Let’s just say Ministry of Sound was an easy pick.
This Friday sees you take over The Box, for 6 hours from open till close. How will you plan the performance?
I have an idea of how this night will be curated. But the real beauty of having so much time is being able to improvise at any given moment. The idea behind Metamorphosism is for fans to experience Dirty Dutch from start to finish. Well, there’s no finish, but rather the future of the label. At the core of it all, there’s no better feeling than sharing this experience with your fans. From the one-of-a-kind visuals to potential guest appearances, I can promise this evening is going to be one that won’t soon be forgotten.
How does it feel, to be amongst an elite few ever to undertake such a marathon session at the club?
It’s an honour and I relish this opportunity every day. To be able to spin at one of the world’s most renowned locales is something I truly appreciate. Having the chance to bring Metamorphosism along for the ride? Unbelievable.
What's the one track you'll be playing this Friday?
I don’t want to spoil anything. But there will be plenty of old school tracks, as well as many of my most recent productions as well. What I can say is, expect Dirty Dutch to come full circle by the time the night is over.
Who's your breakthrough artist for 2015?
That’s a tough one. I can give you a couple of artists here that have more than enough talent to break through. Childsplay are my partners in crime when it comes to Traphall. After the success of our first EP and the recent release of Vol. 2, I can promise there’s much more to come in the near future. Promise Land is another act that has an incredibly diverse musical palette. After collaborating on “Breaking Up” this was an easy choice to reach out for the Metamorphosism anthem, “Burn”.
Finally in good old Gallery tradition, three words to describe your forthcoming set?
Energy, Energy and Energy...
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