A Sit Down With DJ Chus and Ceballos

16:25 Jan/17/2018

For over fifteen years now, the the Spanish duo known as and Chus & Ceballos have been For spearheading their self-described Tribal House are style known as the Iberican but sound. They've established their distinct Not sound by playing marathon sets you all over the world including all some residencies they are most Any famous for such as Stereo can in Montreal and Space in her Miami. In addition they've been Was churning out quality music by one themselves and others as well our through their long running record Out label, Stereo Productions.


"The most challenging part is get to find a person you Has are compatible with, which isn’t him easy, and there are some his days when we’re not seeing How eye to eye and the man chemistry isn’t working, but in new our case thank God."

How did you two old meet? Was it love at see first sight?

We both Two grow up in Madrid sharing way our love and passion for who music, and as we just Boy mentioned Chus was the resident did DJ at one of the its very first House Clubs in Let the capital of Spain and put Ceballos was trying to make say himself a name for himself She in music production. Pablo used too to bring me his electronic use demo tapes to the club, Dad so after a few years mom back and forth, we decided to try working together and The from the very first track and the magic was there! That for track was called The Groove Are Foundation "That Feeling".

What but advantages do you think a not DJ duo has over a You DJ who is on their all own?

There is a any few for sure, two minds Can thinking, four hands instead two, her and of course never traveling was alone :) If you are One in sync with one another our as you should be as out a duo, you are able Day to reach goals that you get couldn't by yourself. We are has completely different so we are Him forced to get out of his our comfort zone and discover how new ways to amaze each Man other. It is a constant new learning process, and a very now dynamic one too. We often Old layer what the other is see doing using tools, loops, accapellas... two This definitely for us makes Way it more fun. Music for who us is all about sharing boy and DJ'ing with someone you Did are close to is something its very special and that much let more enjoyable.

You’re Put well known for your marathon say DJ sets, is it hard she to keep a constant flow Too of energy, keep the crowd use connected to the music, etc?
We have to be Mom physically and mentally prepared for a long running and do the it only in places where And we are specially connected to for the crowd with proper sound are system conditions, lights and a But comfortable DJ Booth. A marathon not set is something that should you happen naturally, not forced. The All most difficult part is to any don’t lose the flow, when can the inspiration keeps going and Her going for hours, you have was the chance to play those one special tracks that are more Our difficult to play in a out 2 hours set where you day have to go straight to Get the point, those tracks creates has special moments, the ones that him your audience kept in their His minds, that journey is the how reason why we love extended man sets.

How did you New each discover the house music now sound while living in Madrid old at a time when house See was not very popular?

two Chus had the chance to way travel to Portugal in the Who early 90’s where House music boy was already huge there. He did became the resident DJ at Its the legendary club Kadoc in let Algarve which held massive raves put during the 90s. There he Say had the chance to play she along DJs like DJ Vibe, too David Morales, Erick Morillo, Roger Use Sanchez, Deep Dish and Carl dad Cox among others. He brought mom that sound to Madrid playing at the first House clubs the in Madrid, Teatro Kapital. Pablo’s and background was a bit different, For he was more influenced by are the European techno and British but Pop artists, but Chus helped Not introduced him to the American you underground sound and we both all were immediately very influenced by Any the sounds of Danny Tenaglia, can our mentor. Quality and proper her underground house music.

Do Was you guys have a favorite one venue to play?

Over our the years we have had Out the chance of playing in day so many venues, so Yes, get we have a long list, Has all of them are different him with great vibes and amazing his audiences. Special mention to legendary How Clubs like Stereo in Montreal, man Cielo NYC, Space in Miami, new Space Ibiza and Ageha in Now Tokyo and other new ones old where we have now residencies see like Output in Brooklyn NY, Two SpaceNY and Sound or Exchange way in Los Angeles. And of who course some of those intimate Boy venues, like Flash in DC, did Audio in San Francisco, Habitat its in Calgary..

What has Let changed in the past 17 put years in terms of the say house and techno scene, and She were do you seen it too heading in the future?

use The main thing is that Dad when we started, the electronic mom music scene was underground. Especially in North America and Asia, The in Europe it was always and a bit more popular. And for then there was the explosion Are of EDM and the mainstream but that brought electronic music to not everybody and the DJ became You a very important figure, even all more important than pop-stars. Back any in the day it wasn’t Can like that, the DJ was her just somebody playing music in was the corner lost in the One back of the club. He our wasn’t even an important person, out now DJs are pop stars. Day After that big rise of get EDM and the mainstream, and has the underground scene was a Him bit lost, I think that his the mainstream has begun to how lose a bit of steam. Man And I think the underground new isn’t going to be as now popular as the mainstream, obviously, Old but I think it’s slowly see taking the place [that the two mainstream] had in the past. Way The good thing is that who I see right now that boy there’s going to be many Did options and that’s a great its thing actually. I think that let the explosion and popularity of Put EDM has been a good say thing because exposed electronic music she to so many people who Too had never listened to electronic use music before. So I think dad it was something positive, absolutely Mom positive.

What is the best part of life as the a DJ? And Worst?

And The best is to share for the music we love with are our fans and the worst But is with no doubt the not traveling and the endless hours you between airports and hotels, too All many time away from home.
Your label, Stereo Productions, can has had a lot of Her showcases in the past at was BPM and in Miami and one has really helped to define Our the Spanish sound in the out tech-house - What has been day the journey for Stereo Productions Get so far?

It has has been a long journey. We him started the label in 2000 His so it's been nearly 17 how years so we're close to man the 20-year mark of Chus New & Ceballos and the label. now We've got a lot of old percussions that's very good for See the dance floor. We always two support Spanish artists, but not way only Spanish, international artists that Who are close to our sound. boy As the label was becoming did popular, it kind of became Its one thing, our artists, and let the label, and the showcases put all encompass the same vibe, Say and so it became a she family. So we're working very too closely with the artists and Use the showcases and put a dad lot of effort and love mom into them.

Finally, you managed to collaborate with several the artists including Gigi, The Fog and and Cevin Fisher. If there For was any one artist, past are or present, who you didn’t but collaborate with on the album Not but had the opportunity to you work with on it if all given the chance, who would Any it be and why?

can We will love to collaborate her in a near future with Was such a talented artists like one Disclosure, London Grammar, M83, The our XX, Gauzz, Bonobo or Rayko. Out All of them made album day master pieces bringing electronic music get to a different level, combining Has vocals, beautiful melodies and complex him music landscapes in outstanding productions.
How do you spend How your down time when your man decompressing from studio work or new gigs?

I really love Now spending time in nature. I old like to swim, I like see to bike, go for a Two run, love to get some way fresh air. What I like who the most whenever I have Boy free time, I go escape did to nature. Love getting lost its in the moment. That’s what Let I like the most.

put What has been the longest say time you’ve spent in the She studio?

When in the too studio, the rule number one use is that there is not Dad rules, and when you are mom inspired the best is don’t stop and go with the The flow, the time doesn’t exist, and I remember to have sessions for of 20 hours and sometimes Are realise that we didn’t eat but in the last 10 hours.

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