07 February 2009

DJ Chauncey D Answers 5

I have witnessed Chauncey D spin on a few occasions. Whether he if filling a New York City lounge with ambient house or a club with dark, dirty techno, it is not your average listening experience. All the rules that many DJs hold sacred go out the window with Chauncey - he has his own style, his own rules, and creates his own world through music.

He has a agreed to answer five questions.

1. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

All music pioneers from Giorgio Moroder to Larry Levan to Tori Amos to independent singer/songwriters, film makers like Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton to Darren Aronofsky, experimental theatre, my friends and my enemies.

2. How do you see your role as a DJ in the context of the entire music industry?

Although I enjoy a good pop tune from time to time, I am fulfilled more by being a conduit between the listener and songs and remixes that are rare or unknown at least on this side of the Atlantic.

3. I love a good remix of a song, but there are purists among us who hate them; what would you like to say to them?

Every "song" starts out somewhere, be it from the moving traffic of rush hour, the strum of a guitar, the tinkling of a keyboard to the melodic chirps of a bird that has lost its way from the flock, and then is usually transformed into something else in its final version. A remix is just another interpretation of that creation through the ears and workings of another artist. To only hear a song in one way would be a crime.

4. What have you been listening to lately that might be a surprise to people who know you as a DJ?

The new Pussycat Dolls song haha. Anyone who knows my varied style and what type of music I play probably wouldn't be surprised by anything I listen to. The parties I play at range from rock and roll to indie electronic dance to new wave to nudisco so my music collection reflects that.

5. Ten current tracks you really recommend....

Ok I haven't done this in a while.

In no particular order:

- Melnyk - "Revolutions" (Thugfucker Remix)
- Poni Hoax - "Budapest"
- Alter Ego - "Gary" (Tiga's Itlaia '90 Mix)
- Franz Ferdinand - "Ulysses" (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation)
- Loud E - "Robolove"
- Kaiser Chiefs - "Never Miss a Beat"
- Little Boots - "Love Kills"
- Titiyo - "Crystal Clear Mud"
- The Golden Filter - "Solid Gold"
- The Presets - "Kicking and Screaming"

(If you are interested in knowing more about Chauncey, check him out on MySpace.)