In the last three weeks, Dirty Dutch master Chuckie has performed at Mysteryland and Creamfields, been knighted in his birth country — that’s Sir Chuckie to you — and released an star-filled video for his new track “Makin’ Papers.”
On the heels of the release of the single, which features Lupe Fiasco, [aa.artist:Too $hort] and Snow Tha Product, inthemix asked Chuckie about his love of hip-hop and what it was like combining his bombastic production style with the verses of some of rap’s greats. Throughout the conversation, it became clear that he’s not just an EDM lover: Chuckie is a bona fide hip-hop head, too.
What about Lupe, Snow tha Product and Too $hort made you want to feature verses by them on “Makin’ Papers?” Was it a conscious decision to pull three artists from different “generations” of hip hop?
Well, first off, they are all great artists that I really respect. But they also each bring something different to the table. The hip-hop world is a very varied one, with many sub-genres, so to be able to include three different guys from different strains of the culture made total sense when doing a track that is essentially all about bringing different musical styles together. They all nailed it too!
How’d you get into hip-hop, and what about it makes it such a huge influence on your style?
I got into hip-hop when I was teenager living in Amsterdam. There was just something about the whole scene that attracted me. It was more than just the music, there was an attitude and a style that drew me into hip-hop. Like electronic music, hip-hop borrowed things from other types of music and made it into something new that was fresh and exciting. That idea is something that really appealed to me and I began to dig deeper and deeper into the scene. It’s been the same ever since. It all started for me with 90s hip-hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5 and De La Soul.
Where would you like to see the fusion of EDM and hip-hop head in the next few years? What about the two genres makes them, in your mind, so compatible?
Both genres embrace technology, have a strong connection to the past but ultimately create something fresh and forward thinking. They also share a kind of youthfulness that breeds creativity and experimentation. Both genres also have so many sub-genres, so the possibilities are endless when it comes to the combination of electronic music and hip-hop for the future. Producers will be able to create some truly exciting mash-ups that will have such a distinctive sound.
Any producers you’re dying to collaborate with? How about rappers?
My ultimate dream collaboration would be with Jay Z. His music is always on point and he has kept himself relevant for such a long period of time by keeping the quality high and not following trends. I really respect what he has done for the music industry and I could imagine working in the studio with him would be an amazing experience.
Check out the “Makin’ Papers” video below and grab the track, out now on Big Beat Records, from iTunes.