Label Showcase plus Artist Interview: ClekClekBoom and Chaos In The CBD

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Label Showcase plus Artist Interview: ClekClekBoom and Chaos In The CBD

ClekClekBoom was started in 2007 in Paris, and in the last couple of years has really been coming into its own with new electronic music from French Fries, Coni, Manare, Bambounou and most recently, Chaos In The CBD. EDM culture at it's finest...Their latest release (CCB007) is one that is equal parts nasty ghetto bass and fresh new techno, with pitched down vocals and sparse, effective composition.

We remained friends over the Internet and last year had the pleasure of touring with them in France. We share so many common interests with those dudes so it just felt natural to work with them. They’re all really down to earth, lovely guys.

The duo responsible for these masterful sonic creations were nice enough to answer some questions for Magnetic:

For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, in two sentences: who are you and what do you do?

We’re two brothers from Auckland, New Zealand who share a passion for house music. We DJ and produce under the moniker Chaos In The CBD.

You are part of a really exciting Paris-based musical movement, having releases out on the young but vibrant ClekClekBoom (in addition to Youngunz), both associated with wunderkind French Fries. However, you aren't from France. You are from New Zealand. How did this come about?

We met most of the ClekClekBoom guys (French Fries, Bambounou, Manare) via Myspace when we were first starting out. We remained friends over the Internet and last year had the pleasure of touring with them in France. We share so many common interests with those dudes so it just felt natural to work with them. They’re all really down to earth, lovely guys.

... when we first started going clubbing in Auckland, we would round up all our friends and head to the city to cause mischief. Simply put, ‘Chaos In The CBD’ refers to us going to town and causing a little chaos on the weekends.

Your music has evolved a lot since 'Distant' (first heard on the Sound Pellegrino podcast episode four), how would you describe your progression? What has stayed the same, what direction are you moving in?

I think we’re still finding ourselves musically. We weren’t really into dance music growing up so we still have a lot to learn. The past 6 months or so we’ve been going back and digging out old dance music from the early 90’s. As far as our production goes, we don’t really stick to one sound, we like to experiment and generally our production is an honest reflection of the style of dance music we’re feeling at the time.

What are your influences, both musical and in general? What are you excited about right now?

Throwback house music has a big place in our hearts. That real feel good shit is what we’re all about. I think recently, guys like Bicep have been really inspiring us. They’re bringing back the old school sound in a really cool way. Also working with the legend Bill Brewster earlier in the year was really special for us, the whole experience was definitely an eye opener. We’re really looking forward to moving to London later in the year, it’ll be good to surround ourselves with like-minded people.

What is The CBD? Why is it chaotic?

CBD stands for Central Business District. Basically when we first started going clubbing in Auckland, we would round up all our friends and head to the city to cause mischief. Simply put, ‘Chaos In The CBD’ refers to us going to town and causing a little chaos on the weekends.

You are brothers. What are your respective strengths? How is working together challenging and rewarding?

Well Ben is the producer and the brains of Chaos In The CBD. I help a lot with creative input and musical direction but Ben is definitely the main man on the buttons. I put a lot of work into our DJ sets and the research required for them, I’m also responsible for all business related matters so Ben is able to focus on the music. It’s a perfect relationship really.

What is Chaos in the CBD's spirit animal and why?

Let’s go with the Tapir. Just cause we like this video…LOTS