Jul 21, 2014
interview
Chus & Ceballos

Spanish exports Chus & Ceballos have been thrilling fans for years with their Latin-tinged take on house music. Now with a new album in the works, the duo is ready to make the leap to live instrumentation. Learn about their upcoming LP, partying in Tel Aviv, and working with Madonna in our exclusive interview.

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LessThan3: You’re currently in Italy. What is the purpose of the trip?
Chus: We are working on our album right now at a studio in Tuscany, far from the big cities. We are in a quiet area–perfect for inspiration.
LessThan3: Is this your first full-length album?
Chus: Yes–we always do a lot of singles and remixes, but we’ve never stopped to work on a proper album with all original songs. We are trying to do something special for our fans and for people unfamiliar with our music.
LessThan3: In terms of your album, are you viewing it as a compilation of the sounds that you’re known for up until now, or are you trying to go in a new sonic direction?
Chus: The album is gonna be in a completely different direction. We are doing a few new versions of old tracks, but we are also exploring a lot of new musical territory, specifically with live instruments.
LessThan3: Where do you guys call home?
Pablo: Airports and hotels mainly. I live in Montreal in Canada, and Chus lives in Madrid, but we are both from Madrid.
LessThan3: You guys have a big fan base in New York. How were you able to build such a large set of fans there?
Chus: New York is like a second home for us. We have a strong connection with the New York artists and DJs, especially Danny Tenaglia. He’s our main mentor in North America.
Pablo: We started playing in small clubs there and it was slow growth, but now we’re getting residencies in a lot of the larger venues and playing a lot of the festivals there.
LessThan3: You guys do more pop remixes than the average producer in your realm. What are some your personal favorite pop remixes that you’ve done?
Chus: One of the most special remixes for us was the Hung Up Madonna remix. She was the first pop artist to get in touch with us to do something like that. After Madonna, we did Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Shakira, and so many more.
LessThan3: What was it like playing at WorldPride in Toronto?
Pablo: The location was amazing–it was in heart of Toronto, and the parade was full of people. We did a lot of special edits of classic tracks and made the set full of energy. We actually played New York Pride at Capitale after Toronto as well.
LessThan3: What countries do you like performing in the most?
Pablo: After the US, Canada is a close second. We also have a huge following in Japan–every time we go there we have an amazing experience. We also play a lot in Indonesia and Thailand. They really enjoy our sound in Asia. Israel is also a great place to play. The people go crazy for us in Tel Aviv. They really go to the nightclubs to really have fun and dance. They party hard!
LessThan3: You have a track that just came out called La Colombiana. Why did you decide to name the track as such?
Chus: We have a big following in Colombia and among Colombians in New York and Miami. We see Colombian flags in our crowds all the time. This track is like a love song to them.
LessThan3: How do you prepare differently for your podcast vs your live sets?
Chus: We try to put live sets on our podcast as much as possible, but sometimes we just sit down in the studio and make a special podcast episode. People like exclusive podcast sets just for them sometimes, so it’s really more about a balance between the two. It’s a lot of work, but we love to do it.
LessThan3: What do you think about the current sounds dominating the house music scene?
Chus: Sometimes when we go to parties the tracks are way too similar. It’s our responsibility as DJs and musicians to bring the best music possible to the people and push new kinds of sounds. It’s hard, but you have to do it.
LessThan3: If you could choose any DJs to play with at your dream party, who would they be?
Chus: Carl Cox, definitely. We’ve never played with him and we really want to. Victor Calderone and Danny Tenaglia, because they’re our friends. We have some great up-and-comers in Spain, too. One of them is named Dosem–he’s doing amazing things.
Pablo: I’d also love to play with Loco Dice; we’ve never played with him either. Rafa Barrios too as far as new artists. He’s also in Spain. We’ve released some of his music on our label InStereo.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Pablo: Music Is The Answer by Danny Tenaglia.
Chus: Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan.
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