Known to clubbers for his Dirty Dutch sound, Chuckie has taken his hard-edged house vibes worldwide—and his travels continue March 22-23 when he touches down in Miami Beach for a pair of events.
Since breaking out big in 2009, the Amsterdam-based DJ/producer has gigged clubs and festivals in countless countries and remixed artists like David Guetta, Sidney Samson and Robbie Rivera. He’s also dropped major party-starting tracks like “Mutfakta” (with Gregori Klosman) and “Let the Bass Kick.” DJ Times caught up with him in Boston, as he prepped for the Miami madness.
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: I discovered you with a bootleg with LMFAO over “Let the Bass Kick.” Did that record change your life?
Chuckie: I would say that record changed a lot of lives for people. We’ve been doing this Dutch sound for many years; at a certain point, we even got tired of it because it was local and just the noise we knew. Then that record came out and kind of crossed over and it was like the biggest record in Miami. We had the music conference and I was like, “Whoa! This is really good!” Then a lot of Dutch DJs crossed over with their sound. I must say that I feel blessed that we got this little opportunity for everybody—if I can speak on behalf of DJs and producers from Holland. We are grinding like crazy, worldwide.
DJ Times: What is it about Holland? Why so many world-class DJs?
Chuckie: That’s really simple. You have to imagine that Holland is just a small country. We have like 17 million people and Amsterdam only is like one million people, and we have a lot of clubs, a lot of big festivals, but the competition is so big that automatically the standard is high. So, everybody’s stepping his game up no matter if you’re known or unknown. Everybody knows “this is at least what I have to do to make it.” I would say Holland is a really good warm-up territory to finally cross over to the rest of the world.
DJ Times: You have so many records out that destroy dancefloors around the world. I can’t even pick one, so I’m going to let you. If you only had one you could play for your fans, what would it be?
Chuckie: It’s really hard to say what I would have to play for my fans, but I would always say just play “Let The Bass Kick” one more time because that’s the record that did it for me.
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