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Background Check: JustChokus!

Influenced by the likes of Skrillex, RL Grime, and Diplo to name a few, India based DJ and production duo JustChokus! have been going from strength to strength over the past few years, grabbing the attention of tastemakers such as Dyro along the way. We caught up with the guys to find out a bit more about their musical journey.

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Hi guys, thanks for sitting down with us today. Firstly, looking back to before you made the jump into creating your own sounds – what are your earliest memories of music being more than just a form of entertainment? Are there any moments or stories that sparked a fire in your hearts?
We started out with Flux Pavillion Loops and Samples, and we just created a dope track, so we kinda got intrigued with what all we can do with this DAW. Then we started experimenting Dubstep, Trap and other things. We even released a Dubstep track ‘All Day’ on Nation Of Dubstep!

Most artists in the electronic music domain have a life before the genres that they now produce, can the same be said for you guys?
Yes, we used to listen to Hip-Hop, Trap and Dubstep all the time but at the same time we were always curious about what the DJs are actually playing, which introduced us to Electronic music. It didn’t even take a second to decide what we wanna do for the rest of our lives.

What are some of the first artists and songs you remember hearing in regards to electronic music?
It was ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta. We were really stoked when we heard it for the first time.

Do you remember the first time that you launched a DAW?
Honestly we were kinda hopeless when we first launched the DAW we work on, there were just so many things and we had very little knowledge about that at the time, but when we arranged some drum loops and synths we were like woahh!! Dude we made that shit. This gave us motivation to do it everyday.

90% of people that give music production a try give up after the first attempt when they realise how steep the learning curve is. What kept your belief in pushing to fully understand and master the art of electronic music production?
We believe it’s that thing that when you make something of your own you put so much effort in it, so you kinda start getting attached to it, and when its done you feel so proud that you just wanna keep doing it. We believe that’s the thing that wants us to master it.

What was the first significant investment you made towards your studio setup? Talk us through your early experiences with that.
Okay so, it was a midi keyboard – M-Audio Keyrig 49, we remember buying it second hand so we had to struggle a lot to reach the seller’s house, it was too far from where we were located. And It was a very hot sunny day and one of us was very sick at the time, but we had to get it because that’s what was required!

Developing Producers occasionally have moments of clarity where a new technique or understanding of how this music is made becomes clear – do you have any memories of such breakthroughs? If so, talk us through the recollections.
So while making ‘Temple Of Hate’ we needed a sick sound for the drop and after digging through we crafted a dark screechy kinda melody and it just fit in. That track got supported by DYRO!

At what point did you come to believe that production could lead to something more than just a hobby?
The day we released our first track and we saw all the positive reviews coming in.

What was your first “big break”?
I guess that would be when we got booked for ‘Priveé’ in Hotel ShangriLa. It was one of our favorite clubs in town and we always wanted to play there.

Everyone has a list of producers that we consider the benchmark of quality. Which producers out there do you think are the absolute kings of what they do and why do you think they are at the top of the pile?
RL Grime : simply because he is RL Grime. He is unique and nobody can match him.
Zomboy : His tracks sound exactly like his name.
Diplo : He went after his dream and became what he wanted to be.
Skrillex : He is the trendsetter, he knows how to make people dance regardless of the sound.

For those that are new to your project, how do you collaborate as a duo? Would you generally work in the same room or separate online?
As much as we want to work in the studio together, it’s just not possible till we are two local artists but otherwise we do everything online.

Do you have specific jobs or strengths in the writing process or do you just let the magic happen naturally?
We both try to take part in each other’s job. One is good with production, one is good with DJing.

What advantages do you feel that duos have in the studio?
An extra set of ears :P

Are there any disadvantages to working as a unit that maybe solo producers don’t have to consider?
Yeah there is kind of a disadvantage we saw like when one person doesn’t agree on something we get stuck, because it takes two’s approval to make sure that the work is final. It could be very time consuming sometimes.

Where do you draw musical inspiration from?
It could be anything, the places we go, the music we listen to, good mood, bad mood, and excitement. Could be anything.

When you’re in the studio starting a new track, what’s the first thing that needs to be made?
When we’re in the studio the first thing we do is design sounds because that gives us the whole idea what the track is gonna sound like.

When producing, what are your must have tools?
Well our must have tools are Serum, Nexus, izotope and good vibes.

Lastly, do you have any upcoming links or news for us to keep right up to date with your project?
We got some Bigroom jams coming up soon, they are sure to make you get up and dance!

For more information on JustChokus!:
https://www.facebook.com/justchokus
https://twitter.com/JustChokus
https://soundcloud.com/justchokus
https://www.instagram.com/justchokus

JustChokus!.

Influenced by the likes of Skrillex, RL Grime, and Diplo to name a few, India based DJ and production duo JustChokus! have been going from strength to strength over the past few years, grabbing the attention of tastemakers such as Dyro along the way. We caught up with the guys to find out a bit more about their musical journey.

 

Hi guys, thanks for sitting down with us today. Firstly, looking back to before you made the jump into creating your own sounds – what are your earliest memories of music being more than just a form of entertainment? Are there any moments or stories that sparked a fire in your hearts?
We started out with Flux Pavillion Loops and Samples, and we just created a dope track, so we kinda got intrigued with what all we can do with this DAW. Then we started experimenting Dubstep, Trap and other things. We even released a Dubstep track ‘All Day’ on Nation Of Dubstep!

Most artists in the electronic music domain have a life before the genres that they now produce, can the same be said for you guys?
Yes, we used to listen to Hip-Hop, Trap and Dubstep all the time but at the same time we were always curious about what the DJs are actually playing, which introduced us to Electronic music. It didn’t even take a second to decide what we wanna do for the rest of our lives.

What are some of the first artists and songs you remember hearing in regards to electronic music?
It was ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta. We were really stoked when we heard it for the first time.

Do you remember the first time that you launched a DAW?
Honestly we were kinda hopeless when we first launched the DAW we work on, there were just so many things and we had very little knowledge about that at the time, but when we arranged some drum loops and synths we were like woahh!! Dude we made that shit. This gave us motivation to do it everyday.

90% of people that give music production a try give up after the first attempt when they realise how steep the learning curve is. What kept your belief in pushing to fully understand and master the art of electronic music production?
We believe it’s that thing that when you make something of your own you put so much effort in it, so you kinda start getting attached to it, and when its done you feel so proud that you just wanna keep doing it. We believe that’s the thing that wants us to master it.

What was the first significant investment you made towards your studio setup? Talk us through your early experiences with that.
Okay so, it was a midi keyboard – M-Audio Keyrig 49, we remember buying it second hand so we had to struggle a lot to reach the seller’s house, it was too far from where we were located. And It was a very hot sunny day and one of us was very sick at the time, but we had to get it because that’s what was required!

Developing Producers occasionally have moments of clarity where a new technique or understanding of how this music is made becomes clear – do you have any memories of such breakthroughs? If so, talk us through the recollections.
So while making ‘Temple Of Hate’ we needed a sick sound for the drop and after digging through we crafted a dark screechy kinda melody and it just fit in. That track got supported by DYRO!

At what point did you come to believe that production could lead to something more than just a hobby?
The day we released our first track and we saw all the positive reviews coming in.

What was your first “big break”?
I guess that would be when we got booked for ‘Priveé’ in Hotel ShangriLa. It was one of our favorite clubs in town and we always wanted to play there.

Everyone has a list of producers that we consider the benchmark of quality. Which producers out there do you think are the absolute kings of what they do and why do you think they are at the top of the pile?
RL Grime : simply because he is RL Grime. He is unique and nobody can match him.
Zomboy : His tracks sound exactly like his name.
Diplo : He went after his dream and became what he wanted to be.
Skrillex : He is the trendsetter, he knows how to make people dance regardless of the sound.

For those that are new to your project, how do you collaborate as a duo? Would you generally work in the same room or separate online?
As much as we want to work in the studio together, it’s just not possible till we are two local artists but otherwise we do everything online.

Do you have specific jobs or strengths in the writing process or do you just let the magic happen naturally?
We both try to take part in each other’s job. One is good with production, one is good with DJing.

What advantages do you feel that duos have in the studio?
An extra set of ears :P

Are there any disadvantages to working as a unit that maybe solo producers don’t have to consider?
Yeah there is kind of a disadvantage we saw like when one person doesn’t agree on something we get stuck, because it takes two’s approval to make sure that the work is final. It could be very time consuming sometimes.

Where do you draw musical inspiration from?
It could be anything, the places we go, the music we listen to, good mood, bad mood, and excitement. Could be anything.

When you’re in the studio starting a new track, what’s the first thing that needs to be made?
When we’re in the studio the first thing we do is design sounds because that gives us the whole idea what the track is gonna sound like.

When producing, what are your must have tools?
Well our must have tools are Serum, Nexus, izotope and good vibes.

Lastly, do you have any upcoming links or news for us to keep right up to date with your project?
We got some Bigroom jams coming up soon, they are sure to make you get up and dance!

For more information on JustChokus!:
https://www.facebook.com/justchokus
https://twitter.com/JustChokus
https://soundcloud.com/justchokus
https://www.instagram.com/justchokus

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