Kevin Andrews from The Hoxton Whores, and Stealth veteran Jason Chance have had a successful and consistent presence on the House charts as of late, as both of their respective releases have been in heavy rotation throughout clubs around the world this year. In the past, they’ve worked together on tracks for other labels, but now make their Stealth collaborative debut with “Crack House”.
The track is a jackin’ affair, calling it a Tech House bomb would be an understatement. Road tests have seen dance floors go off on the regular, usually occurring immediately following the dropping of the beat.
We’re very excited to have the duo Stealth, so in order to celebrate the release of “Crack House”, we sat down with Andrews and Chance for a quick Q & A about the track. We also got some background on their past together, insight into their future plans, and even found out what their dream super powers would be!
Enjoy the full interview below, and be sure to pick up your copy of “Crack House” here.
What have you each been up to this summer? What are your plans for rest of 2012?
Jason: This Summer has been a busy one for me! It’s definitely been a good one for gigs and release-wise, I’ve been chuffed to have had some debut signings on big labels like Toolroom, Urbana, Hysteria, etc. I’ve also had my best run in the charts over the last few months which I’m real grateful for; my “Zulu Shuffle” single on Great Stuff had been my highest charting track (at No. 12) to date a couple of months back. But just this week my ‘Got To Be Strong’ collab with the My Digital Enemy boys has climbed to No. 7, so I’m pretty buzzing about that right now!
Between now & the end of 2012 I’ve got the ADE conference in October to look forward to (it’s where I first met Kev actually, a few years back!), and I’ve got some cool gigs in Poland and Russia coming up too. Loads more releases due out in the coming months as well, so yeah, it’s definitely been a busy year. I just had an amazing holiday with my girlfriend in Kefalonia but I could already do with another one to be honest!
Kevin: So far this summer has been a fantastic time for me with DJ’ing tours to Tenerife, Ibiza, Cyprus & Majorca to name a few summer locations. With plenty of sun being had, highlights were hitting the Groove Jet Festival for Toolroom in Holland, and I absolutely loved the Kazantip Festival in the Ukraine. As well as regular trips to Russia & Europe along with plenty of miles gained up and down the UK, it’s been a real busy time and I’ve had to squeeze the hours in the studio when I’ve been home.
I’ve had several releases out, including another collab with Jason (“Cubism” on Lip Recordings) and a couple of collabs with Leisuregroove (“Definition” on Great Stuff), & “People Hold On” feat. Abigail Bailey on my own label World Sound Recordings. My label’s been doing really well this year which I’m really pleased about and I’ve currently got my “You Got Me” out now on World Sound with amazing DJ responses. Having “Crack House” as my first release on Stealth has topped the summer up lovely, so all is great at this end. As Jason said, we first met at ADE a couple of years ago so looking forward to grabbing a few more beers when we go again this year!
Kevin, you’re well known for your work as the one half of Hoxton Whores. When you make productions by yourself (as Kevin Andrews), do you like to let a bit of the Hoxton Whores sound and influence bleed through?
Kevin: Yeah the Hoxton Whores has been a big part of my life and is currenty probably stronger than ever on the production front.
And in the studio of course certain sounds creep into my productions as I’m inputting in both parties. It’s not intentional though, as you just make what you’re feeling at the time in the studio. I’m lucky to have my own studio indoors so I pretty much live in there as much as I can! Not having Gary’s input means the music travels along a direction that is totally mine and I love expressing that!
Jason, you first made your mark on Stealth Records with your track “The Beginning”. What does Stealth mean to you personally?
Jason: I’ve got so, so much respect for the Stealth Records crew & Roger Sanchez. I felt my whole life changed when I got that email stating that Roger wanted to sign “The Beginning” to Stealth back in 2009 – it’s a moment I will always remember as it was my debut signing! I’d had some strong interest from some other labels who also wanted to sign “The Beginning”, but as soon as Stealth said they wanted it, there was only one label I wanted to work with. Roger has always been a bit of a legend in my eyes, so to have his support was (and still is) awesome. He’s been a really great mentor to me since then & is someone I can always turn to for advice, so I’ve got a lot to thank Stealth and Roger for, without-a-doubt. I’ve known Ben (Prok) since I was about 17 & he’d always said Stealth is a fantastic label to work with & that they treat their artists well – and he was absolutely right. I’ve had about five releases out on the label now & played at some amazing Stealth events in Miami, Amsterdam & London. So yeah, I’ve got nothing but love for the Stealth massive!
You both have collaborated on tracks before… What are your roles when in the studio together?
Jason: We’re onto our fourth collab together now and I guess it’s just a coming together of our different styles & ideas. We bounce off each other really well when we’re in the studio. I got on well with Kev ever since we first met at ADE 2009, and him and Gary let me remix their “Vicious Fever” off the back of that meeting. Kev & I always kept in touch after & I guess it was inevitable that we’d end up in the studio. He always plays me stuff I’ve not even heard before & vice versa, so we always get some good ideas on the go. As well as Stealth, we’ve signed our collabs to some great labels like 1605, Lip, etc, and we always enjoy our sessions.
Kevin: We both have very similar tastes in our styles of music which is very much why we work so well together. It’s a big plus when you’re both agreeing on certain sounds and pushing the tracks the same way. We get on well in and out of the studio and as Jas said. We’re now on our 4th release and they’ve all done very well so far, so there seems to be a great formula there! Definitely got to point out that it’s Jason’s job to make the tea in the studio…I’m useles around a kettle!
Jason: Haha, I don’t think we’ve ever even had a cup of tea in the studio have we mate, lol??! You eat & drink healthy these days, it’s all fruit & Lucozade! I do make a mean cup of tea though
In terms of future collaborations, any plans you can give us a hint to?
Jason: Well, Kev & I are definitely going to be hitting the studio together again regularly because we’ve got a good thing going on & we’re getting some good interest from some wicked labels on our collabs. It makes sense to keep it up for sure. And aside from Kev, I’m also doing a lot of work with the My Digital Enemy boys right now, that’s been going really well & they’re good friends too. I’ve got a new collab with Sonny Wharton out next month on Wazzup? Records and I’ve also got some bits I’m working on with my good buddy Rio De La Duna and a couple with Dj Eako too. There are a couple of other big collabs in the pipeline but I’m keeping them on the down-low just for now! And I guess Kev and I should be thinking about a follow-up collab/single for Stealth too actually, now that “Crack House” is finally out!
Kevin: All said above that the formula works between me and Jas, so I know we’ll definitely continue to produce more bits and fingers crossed continue to get on some great labels. Away from Jason, I’ve done lot’s of collabs with Leisuregroove and we’ve still got a few releases coming out later this year, including “Just Listen” on Stealth (which I’m really looking forward to!). I’m also working on some other collabs, but it’s still too early to mention as the tracks are not quite finished, so you’ll have to wait on those!
What was the inspiration for “Crack House”? How did the track come about?
Jason: Again, this was one of those times where we played each other a load of stuff at the start of a studio sesh and I liked some of the bits Kev was playing me. So we bounced ideas back & forth, got our inspiration and started building the track from there. We had a vocal we were playing around with and originally, we actually left the “Crack House” bit out, thinking it might sound a bit wrong calling a track “Crack House”! But it was such a cheeky, dirty, funky sounding track, that towards the end of the sesh we decided to put the vocal hook back in. We thought it made it stand out more and gave it identity. If clubbers could hear it coming in at a club, we wanted them to think, “Aaaah, it’s that Crack House track!!!!”. I think it fits the vibe on the track nicely & I’ve had loads of peeps saying they dig the name LOL! Clubbers always go nuts when the drop kicks in, so I love playing it out.
Kevin: Yeah as normal we started the day throwing ideas at each other and both decided we wanted to have a track that stood out but fitted into what we were about. We spent a long time working the bassline and getting the right sound but as Jas said, we’d come across the “Crack House” vocal and knew we wanted to get it in there. We were just unsure how people would react. Looking back it was a no-brainer and we shouldn’t have even doubted it! The track is a favorite in my bag and you can’t describe the buzz you get as people go crazy hearing it for the first time. It simply JUST WORKS!!!!!
Have you ever played a live DJ set together, or are you planning to do this in the future? Or are you going to keep your working relationship strictly in the studio?
Jason: We’ve not played a set together yet, although I’ve DJ’d on the same bill as Kev when he played with Gary at an SW4 afterparty in Brixton a few years back. We’ve mentioned the idea of playing together sometime (maybe to tie in with a future collab) but it’s not been talked about seriously. Kev is obviously quite busy with his Hoxton Whores & personal gigs. We’re definitely carrying on doing more collabs though, so I guess we’ll just wait & see if the gig idea happens one day!
Kevin: As Jason says we have spoken about it but I still have my priorities very much with Hoxton Whores. Jason is a great Dj so it would be cool to do it, maybe we should make our debut at a Stealth party…. I wonder how Roger feels about that????
If you could pick one super power, what would you choose? Why?
Jason: I’ve always wanted to be Dash from “The Incredibles” – I love that he can run so quick he can run on water!
Kevin: I’d just have to be Superman. He’s got it all and the boy is a legend! I loved him when I grew up. How cool would it be to just fly into your gigs, turn up, do some amazing shit, and then shoot off again?!
If you could pick the line up for your dream festival (any genre of music/dead or alive artists allowed) who would be your headliners?
Jason: Jimi Hendrix, Groove Armada, NWA, Faithless, Prodigy, Bob Marley (for the morning after, when my head hurts!!), and maybe Queen, Freddie Mercury working the crowd at Live Aid = legend.
Kevin: It would be a long festival to fit them all in, so I’ll have to leave it short. In the VIP tent I’d have The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Oasis, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, and Elvis to finish with a quick little shimmy!
Jason: Yeah I forgot about Jacko – he’d have to be in my line-up as a late addition too then. Cheers for the inspiration Kev mate!
What’s your “hair of the dog” preference (what’s your method to curing a hangover)?
Kevin: Sometimes I think Vodka is my lifeline and it’s great to chase it down with a Sambuca. But for the hair of the dog I love a Tia Maria with lime and lemonade, which sounds a touch lightweight, but how refreshing and sweet on a hot sunny day! A few of them and I’m ready to go again!
Jason: A Jaegerbomb will usually blow the cobwebs away too, but as hair of the dog that usually means a messy end to the day is coming up! A really spicy bloody mary can do the job, but I mean REALLY spicy. Or if I literally just can’t handle any more booze on a hangover then a good hammering of Coconut Water seems to be a good cure. I’ve got those crazy Stafford Brothers to thank for introducing me to that at ADE last year. They told me they swear by it as a hangover cure. And if coconut water can cure those boys’ hangovers then it must do the trick, because Matt & Chris Stafford party HARD!