‘All I care about is standing out from the crowd and making Dance music count; the world doesn’t need any more imitations.’ Sat in the lobby of a stylish boutique hotel in Central London, the Dirty Dutch flag-bearer Chuckie cannot be accused of verbal fabrication. As suitor to one of the most efficiently imitated sounds to strike European House Music and maintained a crippling schedule of global residencies, the straight-talking and steady enterprising Dutch asset joins me well-travelled, evidently hungry and more driven than ever to leading the way for his industry’s monumental footsteps. ‘It feels like I haven’t stopped touring since last year,’ he admits, ‘but if that is the price you pay for this life then so be it.’
With Sweden taking the limelight and American hogging the glory as far as House music assets are concerned, Holland still has one organic card to play at the table of Electronic entrepreneurship. Case in hand, widespread Dutch House visionary Chuckie was in full swing for his triumphant return to the capital for Dirty Dutch London at Ministry of Sound. Joined by an all-out ensemble of his labels distinct talents and fresh off the mark from exclusive premiers of ‘Electro Dude’ and ‘NUMB3RS’, the eclectic globetrotter had little to prove to the nights sold-out crowd except the seething energy of his finely tuned movement in House music that fuelled the beloved London nightspot into the early hours of Sunday.
Amid his daily airport wanderings and the ongoing pressures of managing the shifting tides of Electronic Dance Music, Mark Brown is a man seldom lost for words of eccentric positivity towards his supreme brand of House music. You must understand, where other labels have stumbled upon success only to bow to the pressures of continuity, Cr2 Records have either been incredibly lucky or far cleverer than their high-hitting head honcho will let on. From ‘Put Your Hands Up For Detroit’ to ‘Love Don’t Let Me Go’, their double-barrel club-to-chart endeavours have certainly left a little leeway for the label to not only raise the bar for independent labels, but also foster the next generation of international Electronic talent. Still live and relentlessly direct in their airwave fuelling escapades, Dan Carter and MYNC moniker master Mark Brown sat down to talk shop in the lead up to a calendar mark that artist and imprint alike have come to call their essential proving grounds.