Impact’s Jack Gilbert caught up with Chase and Status ahead of their show at Nottingham’s Rock City earlier this month.
Q: So we’re about halfway through this leg of the ‘No More Idol’s Tour’, how has it been so far? Enjoying it?
A: It’s been madness, fantastic and really good. We’ve had great crowds, sold-out shows and all the tracks have been going down really well.
Q: So you’re jetting off to North America soon, how do you expect your reception to be?
A: Well it’s cool just to go to America, we’ve been there to DJ loads of times, but as an individual tour this is a first for us…
… do you think that you can conquer America?
Man who knows, I’m not holding my breath. America is a funny one like that. I’m pretty confident the shows are going to be sold out and if they are sold then the tour will be great.
Q: One of the exciting features of the new album is the collaborations you’ve done. Is this something you’d like to continue with in the future?
A: Well we don’t like to repeat ourselves, so I reckon the third album will have way less collaborations, and more like one voice for the whole record.
Q: In terms of dub-step, are there any DJs in particular you have a lot of time and respect for?
A: We’ve got a lot of respect for a lot of people, but the main guys would have to be Nero and 16bit. They are both signed exclusively to our record label MTA, and for us they are the most exciting guys.
Q: For anyone out there who is yet to experience Chase and Status, how would you describe your show?
A: Proper carnage, high energy from the start, kind of like punky, anarchy meets drum and bass and dub step. Just big energy, there is never any problems, no attitude, just good vibes and mayhem basically.
Q: For me the first time I saw you was down the road at Stealth in November 2009, and then the next time was at Bestival this Summer. I’ve seen the transition from the underground to the mainstream, but did you ever envisage this kind of success?
A: All we want to do is make good music and be successful, and the fact it is happening is a blessing and you know we never did this for the fame. We never set out to write certain tunes to reach number five in the charts; we just write the music and see what happens. When people start to be contrived and start to make music for a purpose, it never really works and it defeats the object of making music.
Q: On a similar note, is there any advice you would give to up and coming DJs? Any ideas of how to make it?
A: Basically, when making music, you have to be very devoted. You have to give up everything else, just lock yourself away. And first impressions count, so don’t send out your music until you know it sounds wicked. Do comparisons; on the computer look at the track you’re working on and then bring in a Nero track and compare the sound. If your thing sounds rubbish compared to theirs, then don’t send it out.
Q: In terms of dub-step we’ve seen a massive transition over the last few years, especially with your own sound. What do you think the future of the genre will be like? Do you reckon it will continue to evolve, or do you think it will continue to remain as it is?
A: If it stays where it is now, it’s going to be massive. I think it’s got a big future ahead of it. I’m glad to see that it didn’t fall into the same category as jungle in the early nineties, when the media said it was dead and it was a fad. It was untrue and jungle is getting bigger and bigger all the time. My boy’s Andy C, Friction, all of them are about it. As long as a scene has a solid underground, which both dub-step and jungle do, then they will have a strong future.