Fans of DJ Chuckie who were buzz-killed by the cancellation of the Identity Festival's Miami stop in September can now rejoice: The Dutch house-music producer hits town Saturday night at LIV (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) for a fist-pumping set that will combine remixes of tracks by David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Chris Brown and more, plus original material. Chuckie - who will also light up the big DanceGiving Festival at Revolution on Nov. 26 - talked to Miami.com about the show.
What can we expect from your set?
Well, I'm working on a lot of new records right now that I'll premiere especially for Miami, so I'm looking forward to that.
What do you think of Miami?
I love Miami. They have a really good house scene, which guys like Erick Morillo have been building for years, and we just profit from it.
How would you describe your sound?
It's just high-energy, dirty, funky, Dutch house music.
How much influence did Dutch superstars like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Sander Kleinenberg have on you?
In general, they paved the way for a lot of DJs, and we're happy to travel all over the world, but these guys were there first. So I'm happy, and they're cool, and their music really influenced me.
What inspired you to become a DJ?
Well, my best friend was a DJ, and I was always into music as a kid - I used to record songs on the radio, and I used to listen to pirate radio, because the music that they played was always different from the mainstream stuff. I used to love drum-'n'-bass, which actually got me into house music, and when I started DJing I was more eclectic, like open-format. And then I felt more comfortable with house music because it embraces so many different genres at the same time.
Your remixes are really diverse. What about a song makes you want to remix it?
Sometimes it's like an easy shot, but nine out of 10 times I won't want to do it because I like a challenge when remixing. For instance, when they called me to do a Michael Jackson remix, it was the biggest challenge of my life, actually. But that's what I like - to keep it exciting for myself.
You grew up in Suriname - did that influence your musical style or taste?
I was born in Suriname and lived there until I was 7, then I moved to Holland. Growing up in South America as the son of a radio DJ, you listen to all kinds of music - Caribbean music as well as other stuff. Listening to my dad, I heard records like Shannon's "Let the Music Play," which is like early electronic music. That really made me who I am.