Chuckie: Global Phenom
Known to clubbers for his Dirty Dutch sound, Chuckie has taken his hard-edged house vibes around the world several times since his 2009 breakout.
Maintaining one of EDM’s busiest schedules, Chuckie—aka Clyde Sergio Narain, 33—has managed to increase his workload Stateside. In between Ibiza jaunts to play his Subliminal night residency at Pacha, this month’s travels take Chuckie to New York for Electric Daisy Carnival and Las Vegas for gigs at Marquee’s nightclub and dayclub and Tao nightclub.
In addition to remixing artists like David Guetta, Sidney Samson and Robbie Rivera, he’s also dropped major party-starting tracks like “Let the Bass Kick,” “Mutfakta” (with Gregori Klosman), and his most recent, “Together.” DJ Times caught up with the Netherlands-based Chuckie in Boston, as he prepped for Miami Music Week/Ultra Music Festival.
DJ Times: I recently got to see you DJ live, and I really liked the range of your set. You were playing everything Blur to Wynter Gordon…
Chuckie: Yeah, it’s not about, “Look at me! Look at my music and whatever I’m doing and what I stand for.” Of course, I give them who I am, but I try and mix it up with whatever is needed on the dancefloor. I try to be that guy on the dancefloor who’s just trying to have a good time.
DJ Times: Do you feel that a lot of local DJs forget to play for the crowd and try to be too cool and not play popular records like that?
Chuckie: Let me put it like this: At a festival with 12,000 people, you gotta find the right barriers between entertainment and education. If you’re in a smaller club, you can go way deeper and tell the story even better. So if I have one hour to do my thing, I try to give [the audience] the best of everything.
DJ Times: Like a lot of other Dutch DJ/producers—Laidback Luke, Martijn ten Velden—you started in the hip hop world, right?
Chuckie: Yeah. To be honest, guys like Armand Van Helden and Kenny “Dope” [Gonzalez] were my biggest examples way back. I was buying records and I was listening to music, and I was like, “Is this actually cool to like hip hop and house at the same time?” Then I was watching these guys’ stories, like Armand Van Helden. He put out a hip-hop record and, at the same time, a house record, and I’m like, “You know what? It is actually cool.” So I started to believe even more in myself and began to develop my sound.