Chuckie’s ‘Dirty Dutch Exodus’ is heading to London on December 8th. It features some of the brightest talents in the field of Dirty Dutch House who are hand-picked by the man himself, some of these guys you’ll be familiar with, some you won’t. So what better way to get acquainted than a little Q&A session with the crew…..
Delivio Reavon & Aaron GillOfficial Site / Soundcloud
So, would you be able to introduce yourself, what type of music does you make and where are you from? We’re dj/producers duo Delivio Reavon & Aaron Gill, both from Amsterdam (the Netherlands). We’ve started our careers as duo 2 years ago. We’re making all types of dance music, from electro to techhouse to progressive and more. What inspired you to start producing music?The passion for music, always hearing stuff on tv and radio. I think most important, that we wanted to make our own music, with our own sound and share it with the world. What software/equipment do you use to make your music?We’re using Logic to produce our music, that can be everywhere, on the road or in a studio, we always bring our laptops with us. For mixes and edits we’re using Ableton. How much has Chuckie influenced what you do and what opportunities has it opened for you?Chuckie inspired us a lot and he still does, back in the days before he played house music, he was always one of the best in the urban genre, his skills are phenomenal and always on point. He really knows what he is doing. For us, Chuckie is the perfect example of deejaying. It doesnt matter wich genre, just make sure it sounds good and be passionate about it. How did you start getting you get in contact with Chuckie, did you go to him or did he search you out?We’ve met him a few years ago at clubs and studio sessions, always stayed in touch from then. Which do you prefer DJ’ing or making music?Delivio started his career with making music, so he prefers that. Aaron started with dj’ing, so thats what he likes most. Its the perfect balance between us. What’s the best show you’ve played (so far)?We can’t just name one show, we’ve played a lot, some good and some bad shows, its all about the vibe at the moment, but last summer we’ve played a lot of festivals and also in Ibiza, that were very nice shows. What’s been the craziest moment for you on tour?There are a lot of crazy and good moments on tour, but the best feeling is playing for fans that come out to clubs and hear us play, there is no better feeling. What shows do you have forthcoming, what are your future plans? Offcourse Dirty Dutch in Brixton Academy is coming up, we have some more nice shows coming with Christmas en NYE. For the future we have some new releases planned, a new EP is coming up and we’re busy in the studio to create as much new great music as we can!
Genairo NvillaOfficial Site / Soundcloud
So, would you be able to introduce yourself, what type of music does you make and where are you from?I’m Genairo Nvilla friends also call me “King of Drums”. Born and raised in Amsterdam. My music is a mixture of tech-house, progessive, tribal and elektro.What inspired you to start producing music? I started off as a hip-hop dj in a group, we were in need of beats. So that’s where my musical journey began. It was later that i discovered house music and fell in love with it. I’ve been producing house ever since.What software/equipment do you use to make your tunes? I use Fruity Loops 10 to create my music.How much has Chuckie influenced what you do and what opportunities has it opened for you? As for many others he gave the change to grow on his brand Dirty Dutch, he believed in my sound and told me 2 things work hard and believe in your sound, ever since we did some tracks together wich boosted my career as a house dj. He knows how to translate my ideas on a global scale and is giving me his experience as one of the best djs.How did you start getting you get in contact with Chuckie, did you go to him or did he search you out? My management knows him well, we hooked up and made some tracks wich is doin well in the clubs in holland.Which do you prefer DJ’ing or making music? I prefer Dj’ing but there is nothing like testing my new track and watch the crowd go wild!What’s the best show you’ve played (so far)? Dirty Dutch @ Lausanne, SwitzerlandWhat’s been the craziest moment for you on My first time in LIV miami is one to never forget, it’s one of the best clubs worldwide! I even named one of my tracks AL”LIV”N which is also my name spelled backwards. What shows do you have forthcoming, what are your future plans? Dirty Dutch shows at Zurich and London!!! I’m planning my King of Drums club events and its next EPso check me on social media to find out where and when. I strongly believe that there is room for my sound in the EDM scale, hope to achieve this asap.
So, would you be able to introduce yourself, what type of music does you make and where are you from?I like to make all kinds of EDM. Electro and progressive house are the base of all my tracks. I try to mix it up with heavy drums or use influences from underground genres like indierock or dancehall. Oh and my name is stagename is MOTi, birth name Timo Romme, born in Amsterdam, grew up in Leiden and now back in Amsterdam!What inspired you to start producing music? When I switched from vinyl to digital I started to cut out parts I didn’t like in tracks. I showed it to one of the salesmen of the local recordstore, he got angry and told me it was disrespectful to the artist. So I started to produce my own songs with breakdowns and buildups I did like.What software/equipment do you use to make your tunes? I started with Reason, then switched to eMagic Logic 6. Now I’m using Logic Pro 9 + all kind of software audio units and my UAD card.How much has Chuckie influenced what you do and what opportunities has it opened for you? When i was 15 I used to go to a local club to hear Chuckie play. To see how he has grown as an artist and performer and the huge fan base he has built up is really impressive to see and a motivation for anyone in music biz I think.How did you start getting you get in contact with Chuckie, did you go to him or did he search you out? I can’t exactly remember how it went down. But I have performed as a duo from 2007 till 2011, during that time I played at the Dirty Dutch stage at Mysteryland, released a track together with R3hab on the Dirty Dutch record label and did a remix for Shermanology on the label. We met somewhere in between!Which do you prefer DJ’ing or making music? Tricky question lol. Uhm I like producing a lot, really a lot.. On weekdays first thing in the morning is opening up the project I finished with the night before, work all day till evening go to sleep and when I wake up it starts over again, day in day out and i love it. The feeling you get when you play your own tracks for a big crowd and the crowd just explodes is indescribable. And thats also the kind of energy you want to remember when working on a new tune in the studio. Soooo, you can’t make me choose because i need them both to get the most out of myself, as a dj or a producer.What’s the best show you’ve played (so far)? Dirty Dutch Stage at Mysteryland few years back was awesome but also really enjoyed playing Creamfields in 2008 played them both as a duo btw. I love to play for big crowds but the shows i remember best are the small intimate ones. Now really looking forward to playing Dirty Dutch at O2!What’s been the craziest moment for you on tour? A thing i will never forget was a few years back. I was performing with my cousin in this big club with huge boothmonitor speakers. The speakers we’re placed behind us on a heightened table but because of the bass vibrations the monitors were slowly slipping of the table but we didn’t notice. All up in our set we played a track with a huge break and a really massive drop full of low end bass, exactly 1 sec after the drop hit the monitor slipped of the table and was about to crush my cousin. Bart B More (who also played that night and was also in the booth) saw it happen, pushed my cousin away with one arm and with the other arm try to change the direction of the falling monitor speaker. The huge monitorspeaker hit the floor in the dj booth, you heard a loud bang, the mixer broke down and the crowd got completely silent.. Thats a craziest negative i’ll never forget. Craziest positives probably has something to do with performing, crowd surfing or afterpartys lol. I did lose my crowd surfing virginity this year thats definitely a plus! What shows do you have forthcoming, what are your future plans? Well first up will be the remix i did for The Bloody Beetroots on Ultra Records and a remix for R3hab’s EDC Orlando Anthem “A Night In”. In December i’ve got a release coming on Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records and at the end of january a release on Spinnin Records. Also a follow up track with my buddy Quintino is ready for release and got a collab coming with Shermanology. On the side doing a show for dutch television as the main music producer for the program. So what are my plans? Doing what i love to do most, releasing a shitload of music and performing!
JunxterjackOfficial Site / Soundcloud
So, would you be able to introduce yourself, what type of music does you make and where are you from?My name is junxterjack. I’m from the Netherlands born and raised in rotterdam city. I make a mixture of electro, progressive, techno, rock music.What inspired you to start producing music?In the beginning of my musical adventure about 10 years ago other dj’s, producers didn’t want to share their music with me, so one day i decided to make my own tracks.What software/equipment do you use to make your tunes?I use fl studio to make my music.How much has Chuckie influenced what you do and what opportunities has it opened for you?Chuckie inspired me to work hard. And as you can see “hard work pays off” now I’m able to collaborate with other big artists.How did you start getting in contact with Chuckie, did you go to him or did he search you out? My School buddy Albert harvey (GLOWINTHEDARK) introduced him to me, ever since we had the idea that we will once do a track together…the rest is history Which do you prefer DJ’ing or making music?I love to make music but i prefer dj’ing.What’s the best show you’ve played (so far)?Dirty Dutch exodus at ziggodome (ade 2012)What’s been the craziest moment for you on tour?The craziest moment has yet to come 😉What shows do you have forthcoming, what are your future plans?My first upcoming gig is on December the 8th. Dirty dutch exodus in London brixton academy. My future plans are to reach people all over the world with my music and let them MAKE SOME NOISE!!
GLOWINTHEDARKOfficial Site / Soundcloud
Introduce yourselves…We go by the name of and are Albert Harvey & Kevin Ramos. We are DJ/Producers from a city called The Hague, which is located in Holland. Our Birthday’s are on 3th and 4th of march so we are quite similar to each other! We grew up with a wide range of music from gospel soul and latin to electronic pop and dance music. Nowadays we’re focussed on EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and popsongs. What inspired you to start producing?Mainly bands. As we played in several bands this inspired us to record. From recording comes shaping the recorded material. And from shaping comes perfection and the love for making a song complete. The first electronic beat was made on a Yamaha keyboard PSR 290. It had 5 channels to record the stuff you played in real time. So there wasn’t like quantizing etc it was what it was. We made several demos on it and we played it to everyone who wanted to hear. What software/equipment do you use to make your tunes?We use two Macbook Pro laptops hooked up on a Apogee Ensemble and a pair of Genelecs monitors. As DAW software we use Logic Pro and Ableton Live together with some third part plugins. Keeping it small these days works just fine for us so no big outboard gear, only a keyboard. In the future we’re thinking of analog engineering like compression etc but what we’re using at the moment does the trick for now.How did you start getting you get in contact wit Chuckie, did you go to him or did he searched you out?Albert: As a small me (14yr) I always went to a barbershop where Chuckie and his brothers did the fresh hair-do. When I was 16/17 years old I started to work there as well but meanwhile always messed around with music. In that time Chuckie was already a big DJ in Holland so I tried to make some demos at a friends house and brought it to the barbershop and let them a listen on my discman. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t good enough. So I kept on pushing until I believed it sounded perfect. Hard work payed off, one of Chuckie’s brothers asked if I wanted to do this seriously and I didn’t even had to think twice about the answer.Kevin: As a 14yr old kid I was already playing on the turntables of my uncle. Mixing two records together was just suprisely amazing for me. I was inspired by 2 Big DJ’s from Holland in that time, Chuckie was one of them. When I started clubbing I met Chuckie in the clubs where he was playing I simply scanned his dj-set and tried to do the same at home. Because his music in the sets was so wide it always kept me interested. After I met Albert and joined forces with him and developed the GITD sound Chuckie picked it up seriously and started to work fully on and with us.Which do you prefer DJ?ing or making music?The love for both are equal. When we make music we want the world to heat it not just by a simple mp3 on your iPhone but by really playingit in a DJ set. So at the end it?s a combination of studio & stage!What?s the best show you played so far?Albert: For me it has to be Tomorrowland Belgium, crowdsurfing with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Chuckie and Kevin at the same time just a crazy show!Kevin: I agree with Albert but we can’t forget our incredible show at LIV Miami with Chuckie. Just a magic vibe we had over there.What’s been the craziest moment for you on tour?Sleeping on the airport of Chicago and playing in front of 10,000 people on a festival in Austria while they did the helicopter with their shirts in the air!What shows do you have forthcoming, what are your future plans?After some succesfull shows at the Ministry of Sound our next and really big step for us is the upcoming Dirty Dutch Exodus show at the Brixton Academy London. Were about to tour around Europe and Holland and planning touring around the US starting March 2013 at the WMC (Winter Music Conference) Miami. Also we have some great new clubtracks coming up. Can’t tell you guys anymore now just keep following US on twitter.
Michael MendozaOfficial Site / Soundcloud
So, would you be able to introduce yourself, what type of music does you make and where are you from?I am Michael Mendoza, a 24 year old DJ/Producer from Amsterdam. The music I make and play varies from tribal beats to tech and progressive house. These are the sounds I prefer to play most.What inspired you to start producing music?When I started out as a DJ I just kept looking for good music, not paying too much attention to the names of the producer. Eventually I started developing an ear for sounds I’d love to play while performing and often saw a few of the same names pop up as the producers of these tracks. When I met dutch DJ Roog (part of producer duo Hardsoul w Greg v Bueren) of whom I was a great fan, I realised for the first time that it really was possible/accessible to be a great DJ and Producer on the same time. That’s what inspired me to do the same.What software/equipment do you use to make your tunes? I use Logic Pro 9 on my Macbook Pro, I have a Apogee Duet sound card, my EE-MU keyboard and my KRK monitor boxes. And off course, numerous of software plug ins and samples on my computer itself.How much has Chuckie influenced what you do and what opportunities has it opened for you? Chuckie has influenced me a great deal. Despite his music style and mine are not the same, I can say in all honesty that he’s one of the best DJ’s in the world when in comes to mixing. That guy has an extraordinary talent for taking you on a musical journey between genres you don’t particularly affiliate with in just as much as time he’s been given to play. And you WILL enjoy it to the fullest. Truly amazing…How did you start getting you get in contact with Chuckie, did you go to him or did he search you out?I met Chuckie trough my former brother in law on a party in Rotterdam. I asked him some questions regarding DJ-ing. He saw I was quite interested and despite he did not know me he told me; “Start collecting your favourite music and sort it. When you got your first 50 cd’s filled with proper tracks… you will know if this is what you really want” I soon realised that someone as Clyde already was becoming a great name in Holland so even tough he might agree of teaching me some stuff He would not have a lot of time to do so. Fortunately I met Chuckies cousin, DJ Eric Santana, who wanted to mentor me trough the process. He’s also the one Chuckie started out DJ-ing with back in the days so I got thought the ins and out from the right man. That’s from where things started to go in the right direction. A few years later my manager who was head of one of the biggest event organisations in Holland teamed up with Chuckies brother ,the great mastermind behind Dirty Dutch, to work together. So Clyde and I met again. Only now as colleagues in the DJ Booth….Which do you prefer DJ’ing or making music? Dj’ing. I get so much more of a rush on performing and interact with people. Maybe when I’m able to make great music wich can touch people on a great scale worldwide I’ll say something else. But for now I definitely like DJ-ing more rather it’s playing my own tracks or from others. What’s the best show you’ve played (so far)?The Dirty Dutch Festival in Aruba was probably one of the greatest parties in South America ever held. I can tell, I was part of the line up… What’s been the craziest moment for you on tour?Last time I performed on Aruba at a local festival called Ghosttown. After 45 minutes of my my 2 hour set a storm set off. Due to safety reasons they suggested of ending the party. But they couldn’t. After all… Despite the few hundreds that couldn’t stand the rain, the remaining 4000 people at my stage took there shirts off and keep dancin’ in the pouring rain. Quite crazy but in a very good way…What shows do you have forthcoming, what are your future plans?Next to a lot of new solo releases and gigs in Holland. I will do a South American tour in February 2013. Also my focus will be on making more collaborations with fellow dj/produces…. In March I will launch my own concept in Holland in collaboration with my management STEEL ARTIST MANAGEMENT and STEEL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. Depending on it’s success we might take it to an international level.