Dutch house veterans Chocolate Puma take on our quick-fire Q&A, revealing why they’re fans of the Chipmunks and how frustrating it is to sell 13 copies of a masterpiece.
Because without it it would be too silent.
If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You don’t have talent for music. Do something else.”
What’s the next big thing?
You never know, but nine times out of ten it’s a young kid stirring things up.
How do you know when a track’s finished?
Only when it’s released. Until then we keep tweaking.
When did you realise you could give up your day job?
When we were driven around New York in a really big limousine after ‘Give It Up’ blew up.
What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?
We don’t know. We make music. We’re not doing the industry stuff.
What’s the worst track you’ve ever released?
Probably some half-baked drum and bass track we released somewhere in the 90s.
Recommend us a film.
The Chipmunks in the Russian overdub we saw on our way to Vladivostok.
Recommend us a book.
Nile Rodgers’ book is a must read.
What are you addicted to?
What do you lust over?
What one thing would most improve your life?
MIDI sockets in our heads.
If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?
What one piece of software/kit could you not do without?
Strangest place you ever wrote a track?
In a dream.
What’s your single biggest frustration in the music industry?
Too many people taking advantage of creative people who often don’t have a clue about business stuff.
At the moment it’s Dirtybird.
What’s the worst thing about making music?
When you think you’ve created a masterpiece and you sell 13 copies.
What’s your motto?
Our job is travelling, our hobby is playing music.
Tweet us a tip. What’s the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?
Don’t try to make everything sound good – leave some lofi/noise/mistakes in it.
Chocolate Puma In The House is out now on Defected.