Chopstick & Johnjon- Tracks of My Time (interview)
Ten years after they first teamed up to become Chopstick & Johnjon, Suol label chiefs Chi-Thien Nguyen and John B. Muder continue to thrive, both as DJs and as producers specializing in infectious Berlin flavoured underground house and techno (click here to buy new album Twelve on Itunes: http://bit.ly/1jDGEJ4 )
In advance of setting off on their latest tour, Chopstick took time out to chat to Skrufff.
Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): Your all-time favourite club track?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “Well, a lot of tunes come into mind, like Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero’s Tania which is one of the tunes we still play ever since it came out. The tune is timeless and a perfect example of great house music. We’re sure it will rock any party . . . even in 10 years.”
Skrufff: The track you’ve finished a set with the most often?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “Most of the time when we close the night, we finish with either Hip Hop or R&B tracks. Depending on the vibe, it could be Souls of Mischief’s 93 Till Infinity or DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime or a classic like Janet’s Got Till It’s Gone. And when we’re not closing the night, we usually close our sets with Oni Ayhun’s OAR003-B: what a timeless tune, too.”
Skrufff: The track you cleared the floor with?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “Hard to think of one as it never happened. We have played in front of no people before,but there were none to start with so maybe next time that happens we’ll ask the DJ who played before us what track he just played.”
Skrufff: The track you rescued a dance floor with?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “Lately when we feel that the crowd has a very short attention span and some of them are leaving the floor, we play a track by James Flavour & ESB called Azzura and it always rescues any dance floor. It’s not out until summer so keep an eye out for that huge tune. And before that our remix for Digitalism’s Zdarlight did the job pretty well too.”
Skrufff: The cheesiest/ guiltiest secret track you love?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “Well that would probably be Mario Winans’ I Don’t Wanna Know… it’s soooooo cheesy but we both love it: it brings back memories of cruising on the Autobahn from Hamburg to Berlin in the BMW convertible. Of course the sun was setting too.”
Skrufff: The track that you loved that everyone else hated?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “That’d be Jodeci’s Feenin. Everybody around us doesn’t understand why we were such Jodeci fans and of course they always make fun of us. But we’re not ashamed at all. If they were going on tour, John & I would camp outside Ticketmaster.”
Skrufff: The track that everyone else loved that you hated?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “We never liked Avicii Feat. Aloe Blacc’s Wake Me Up because the song that Aloe wrote NEVER needed Avicii’s influence. Avicii totally destroyed the beautiful song with his cheesy production. But I guess we’re the only ones thinking like that.”
Skrufff: Anything you’d like plugging?
Chopstick & Johnjon: “We have our new signing Tender Games releasing their self titled album before summer, also our compilation Summer Daze with excellent exclusive tunes from Suol artists and friends will see the day of light soon. Regarding EP’s, we have a great Remix EP of Daniel Bortz’s album out. Our upcoming album tour for our debut longplayer ‘Twelve’ is coming up and kicks off in Istanbul and goes through the US of A, Europe and Asia, which will be exciting too.”
Chopstick & Johnjon’s ‘Twelve’ is out now on Suol. Click her to buy it on Itunes;