: Mr. Q
Chuckie's taking over Marquee's Instagram Friday night, March 22, before spinning at Marquee (#DirtyDutch). As so eloquently expressed by our Instagram buddies @trancefamily_la: "Trouble. Lol." Check out our interview with Chuckie below.
How has the Dirty Dutch brand grown in the past few years?
Dirty Dutch gets bigger and more exciting every year. It's been great watching it grow and evolve throughout the years. When I think back to the early parties that were for a relatively small crowd, it's almost unbelievable to see where we are today. The Exodus shows we did at The Ziggodome in Amsterdam as part of ADE in October and in London at Brixton Academy were super shows. Events of that size are a lot of hard work but they also feel super special when it all comes together on the night. It's not just the events side of things that are expanding too - we're also developing the label all the time too. We've been signing some amazing, young talent and I'm so excited about all this amazing music that we've got lined up for the future. Things have been getting better and better for a while now and I expect 2013 to see the Dirty Dutch brand pushing on to new heights again this year, look out for us in the US, UK, Holland, Belgium and many many more… we're taking over the world!
Do you have any aspirations to collaborate with artists outside the EDM genre?
Definitely. I'm always open to working with new people and going beyond the realms of EDM is definitely something that would excite me. It's interesting as a producer to push yourself a little, get out of your comfort zone and try new things. It can only be a good thing for you as an artist to try new things and I'm sure that you will learn a lot when you work across different genres. I feel confident in myself as a producer that I would be able to take on the challenge of working in another genre, too. I guess you could say that I've already collaborated with Michael Jackson—I did the only official remix of "Hollywood Tonight"—so I think it's time I get the phone to some more people!
You're big on social media. How has the advent and popularity of social media changed how you market yourself?
I think that the development of social media has been really cool for the music industry as a whole. Things like Facebook and Twitter have allowed me to engage in an ongoing dialogue with my fans and that is a great thing. I keep my fans updated on everything that is going on: new music, upcoming shows and stuff like that. It's also cool just to have a bit of fun with the fans, and interacting with them on a regular basis also helps to keep me updated on the most effective way to reach my audience. I have learned a lot from talking to my fans and I really value their input. It's also amazing for speeding up the process of the industry. For example, if I've just been messing around with new music and actually ended up making an edit or something that I am not going to release properly and just want to get it out there, I can have it circulated within hours of finishing it by posting it via my social media. I think they call that bullet marketing or something!
What festivals are you looking forward to playing in 2013?
Ah there's gonna be so many. Like every year. [After Ultra in Miami], I have a run of dates with EDC which are always off the hook… and I'm also really looking forward to The Spring Awakening festival in Chicago in June. In Europe I'm doing Tomorrowland/Mysteryland/Creamfields…There's so many festivals that I'll be playing at I literally can't wait. I love festivals because you can just smash it right from the start, the energy is always fantastic. Outdoor summer vibes is always perfect for a party and I'll definitely be having fun at festivals around the globe in 2013.