We interview Chemical Surf, Brazilian brothers, great talents of the Brazilian scene and emerging international electronics.
We have the pleasure of talking with the Brazilian brothers, Hugo y Lucas, known worldwide as Chemical surf. Both began their trajectory in 2014 and the truth is that in this short period of time they have achieved quite a few goals to consider. They have performed in great festivals such as Rock in rio, loolapalooza, Ultra Music Festival or the well-known EDC.
As for their productions, many of them have come out through the most relevant labels, as well as Spininn 'Records, STMPD Records, Smash the house, Musical Freedom, dimmak, etc.
In addition, they were winners of the XNUMXth Music Conference in RioIn the category Revelation Dj.
They are Chemical Surf, and they are here to show us their most personal side.
- ENGLISH INTERVIEW -
Festival Season (FS): Thank you so much for joining us for this interview, it's a huge pleasure. First of all, we will like to know what where your beginnings. Did you decide to start as djs or producers?
Chemical Surf (CS): Since boys we have been interested in music. When we fell in love for the electronic music, we decided to start producing and djing at the same time. Make our own music was the main reason to start on it.
FS: How did the name Chemical Surf come up?
CS: We always wanted to create new music formulas in the studio as the chemicals do in the laboratory. That's why the word «Chemical". "Surf»Means that makes you surf on the waves of the music.
FS: As we already mention in the introduction, you are brothers and some people could thing that's nice that you work together, but is working with your own family makes it all easier or sometimes does it make it complicated thanks to the thrust you have between you?
CS: It always helped us a lot. When we have any problem between us, it's always resolved five minutes later. This is how we do since kids.
FS: In what genre would you consider yourself in the electronic music? Do you believe you have your own style or you're a bit in a lot of different genres?
CS: We always liked to produce different music styles, our motto is «RIP genres»When we are making music. Our own style was born from a mix of different music influences. Some people call it of «Brazilian Bass»Or«Slappy house». It doesn't matter the name is given to this, we are happy to see our music influencing other artists and helping our country to create its own music style. Now we can say that Brazil has its own way to make electronic music, where each artist can find a different way free of genres.
FS: In which artist did you take as a reference to start in this world? Is there a special one that would be a goal for you to collaborate? If it's not an issue, could you name an artist, song or album that change your life? It could be for you both, or one each Hugo and Lucas.
CS: There are many many artists who influenced us and albums as well. It'd not be fair if we say only one.
FS: For sure before you been the protagonists in the cabin, you attended to a lot of festivals and clubs to see your favorite artist. With which set that you've seen live would you like to relive it again and again?
CS: We went crazy at the «The XX»Show in Brazil. We'd love to see their show again and again.
FS: Which has been your best performance? The best set that you've done and the one you're proudest of? Have you got any bad memories, experiences during one of your sets that you wish it never happened?
CS: All long sets at the Privilege club in Búzios are special memories, we use to play 9/10 hours at this club, what make us proud. We think all bad memories are good to make us stronger for the troubles.
FS: How do you see the electronic music scene in your native country, Brazil? Lately, there has been a great appearance of Brazilian artists on the scene, what do you think this is due to? Do you receive a lot of support from your national public?
CS: We have created our own scene here in Brazil. Some year ago the Brazilian producers used to follow or copy what the producers out of Brazil were doing. Currently we have our own style, that's why the parties grew up a lot and the Brazilian people have supported it. We are very proud to be precursors on it.
FS: Seen your trajectory, you haven't stop releasing your productions with big labels. Is there any label left that you'll like to contribute with your music? Do you believe that releasing your productions through these labels, is what help you to potentiate your careers?
CS: Yeah, we think the big labels helped to take our music into the world, especially when nobody knew us. Recently we launched our own label called «RIP Genres Music»Hope to see it growing up in the future, but we'll keep releasing tracks on the big labels too.
FS: What is next for you guys? Any goals or objectives at the short or long term? What are you going to be your following steps in the electronic world?
CS: Our only wish at this moment is the return of the shows when the pandemic is over. It has been really hard to be almost a year away from the stages.
FS: And for last, we suggest a more personal question, what are your hobbies other than electronic music and stages do you have? Is there a hobby that makes you disconnect from the huge work that this world generates for you?
CS: We love to be with our family when we are not playing or producing, that's what makes us disconnect of all.
- INTERVIEW IN SPANISH -
Festival Season (FS): Thank you very much for joining us for the first time in this interview, it is a pleasure. First of all, we would like to know what your beginnings were. Did you decide to start as djs or as producers?
Chemical Surf (CS): Since we were young we have always had an interest in music. When we fell in love with electronic music, we decided to start producing and DJing at the same time. Producing our own music is what got us started on this.
FS: How did the stage name Chemical Surf come about?
CS: We always wanted to create new musical formulas in the studio, as chemists do in their laboratories. This is where the word «Chemical". "Surf»Means that you are surfing the waves of music.
FS: As we have already commented in the introduction, you are brothers and people can come to think that it is very nice to work together, but do you think that family work makes everything easier or sometimes it complicates things a bit due to the high confidence?
CS: That has helped us a lot. When we have had a problem between us, it has always been resolved 5 minutes later. This is how we do it from a young age.
FS: In what genre can you classify yourself within electronic music? Do you consider that you have your own style or are you playing various genres?
CS: We have always wanted to produce different styles of music, our motto is «RIP genres»When we make new music. Our own style was born from a mix of different musical influences. Some people call it «Brazilian Bass» or «Slappy house». No matter what name this is given, we are happy to see that our music influences other artists and that we are helping our country to create its own musical style. Right now, we can say that Brazil has its own way of making electronic music, where each artist can find a different form free of genres.
FS: What artists did you draw inspiration from to start in this world? Is there a special artist that is a goal for you to collaborate with? If it is not much of a problem, name an artist, a song and an album that have marked your lives. They can be separately, some for Hugo and others for Lucas.
CS: There are many artists who have influenced us, as well as different albums. It would not be fair for us to mention just one.
FS: Surely before you were the protagonists in the booth, you went to many festivals and clubs to see your favorite artists. With which set that you have witnessed live, would you like to experience it over and over again?
CS: We went crazy on the show «The XX" in Brazil. We would love to see your show over and over again.
FS: What has been the best performance you have done? The best set you have made and of which you feel very proud? Anyone that you have bad memories of and wish it hadn't happened?
CS: All the long sets at Privilege Club in Búzios are special memories. We used to perform for 9-10 hours at this club, which makes us proud. We believe that all bad memories are good to make us stronger in the face of problems.
FS: How do you see the electronic music scene in Brazil, your native country? Lately, there has been a great appearance of Brazilian artists on the scene. What do you think this is due to? Do you receive a lot of support from the national public?
CS: We have created our own scene here in Brazil. A year ago, Brazilian producers used to follow or copy what producers outside of Brazil did. Currently, we have our own style, that is why the parties have grown a lot and the Brazilian people have supported it. We are very proud to be drummers on this.
FS: Considering what you have seen, you have not stopped releasing productions with big labels both on Spinnin 'Records, STMPD Records, Smash The House, Musical Freedom, Dimmak, etc. Is there a label in which you want to contribute your grain of sand? Do you think that releasing productions through these labels is what has considerably enhanced your career?
CS: Yes. We believe that the major labels helped bring our music to the world, especially when no one knew us. We recently launched our own label «RIP Genres Music». We hope to see it grow in the future, however, we will continue to release new songs on major labels.
FS: What future aspirations do you have? What are your next steps in the world of electronics going to be? Any long or short term goals?
CS: Our only wish at this time is the return of the shows when the pandemic is over. It has been very hard to be almost a year away from the stage.
FS: Finally and to finish, we propose a more personal question. What hobbies do you have outside of electronic music and the stage? Is there a hobby that makes you disconnect from the workload that this world generates?
CS: We love being with the family when we are acting or producing. That is what makes us disconnect from everything.
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