Standing as the official DJ for Travis Scott, Chase B is a highly-respected producer, DJ and in-demand sonic taste-maker, that has worked with an astounding line-up of artists from Young Thug, Gunna, Don Toliver and more! Having recently scored his first No.1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a producer on ‘Franchise’ alongside Travis Scott, MIA and Young Thug, Chase B is proving himself as a force to be reckoned with!
Grabbing a nomination for the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards for Best DJ as well as a No.1 album on the Billboard Top 200 as a part of Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack’s compilation album, ‘JACKBOYS’, Chase B is gearing up for the release of his debut album that is expected to drop soon! Following the release of ‘MAYDAY’ alongside Young Thug and Sheck Wes, to ‘CASINO’ with Ashton Travis and more recently with ‘Cafeteria’ alongside Gunna and Don Toliver, Chase B has given us the ultimate teasers of what to expect!
Influencing the masses with his music, he recently turned entrepreneur and opened up a street-wear boutique with Travis Scott called Space Village in their home city of Houston, Texas earlier this year in March. Ascending to higher heights with each given step, we caught up with Chase B and asked him about his latest single ‘For Me’ and a lot more!
You are primarily known for being Travis Scott’s DJ! How did this all come about? Have you always loved music from a young age?
I’ve known Trav since middle school. I started DJing when I was around 19 and when the music shit started taking off it was just a natural decision to make. I’ve always loved music for literally as long as I can remember, so it’s amazing to have an effect on the whole culture of music like this.
Being a DJ and a producer, they play hand in hand with each other. When did you find your love for production? I assume that being a DJ make’s production a lot easier, in a sense that you already have a great ear for music…
I became obsessed with making beats like 6 or 7 years ago. I just didn’t want to send any beats out because I knew I would eventually get a lot better than I was, so I didn’t want my sound to debut like that. And DJing has everything to do with my production as far as being versatile. I have a lot of different musical tastes so DJing really taught me how to produce so many different styles in ways that still don’t compromise who I am as an artist.
You released your first single ‘MAYDAY’ featuring both Young Thug and Sheck Wes last year! What was it like working with Young Thug?
Slime is easily one of my favorite people on earth, let alone one of my favorite artists. I love working with him because of his attention to detail. Me and him have plenty more on the way too. ‘Mayday’ is one of the most slept on songs of all time by the way!
Prior to making a song with an artist, do you prefer to have built a relationship with them before getting in the studio?
I would say yes, but there’s something special about building a relationship for the first time in the studio. It’s really genuine. The best conversations happen in the studio and it leads to some really magical shit.
What is your creative process like? Do you prefer to work in specific settings or?
I usually make beats at my crib by myself to be honest. I don’t even know why. I just feel like being secluded lets me be a little more reckless and try more shit out. I love collaborating with other producers though.
You dropped off your ‘Cafeteria’, alongside Don Toliver and Gunna earlier this year . Did you create the beat prior and in-vision what artists would sit on it? Or was it a collaboration in which you guys had always wanted to do?
Naw, that was all Don that wanted to hop on that beat. And Don and Gunna was an inevitable combination so I’m glad I got to make that happen on such a different style of song.
Tell us about your new single ‘For Me’ featuring OMB Bloodbath and KenTheMan!?
‘For Me’ is a really special song. It happened so organically, and I don’t think it could be dropping at a better time than now. Bloodbath and Ken are two extremely talented artists and icons in their own right, and we’re all from the same city, so it means a lot to me that we could all lift each other up like this.
We can’t not mention Space Village! What inspired both you and Travis to create this clothing boutique in your home city?
We’ve had the idea for at least 5 or 6 years now. It was really important to us to bring all the things we’ve seen in other shops around the world back to our hometown, and in the neighbourhood that we used to shop at. I love that place so much; it’s been a great experience.
What is your go-to outfit and sneaker?
Yo! I’ve been wearing my visvim cargos like every day haha I just build around those really. And some 1’s or some dunks. I just try to be as comfortable as possible at all times!
I’ve heard you have a debut album on the way! Is there anything we can look out for or expect? What has been the main aim with this album? Has it challenged you in any way?
This album has been by far the most challenging thing Ive ever done and I love it haha. Just expect the beats to be fuckin insane and some collars that you never thought you would see in your lifetime. Thats my main goal with this album.
How long has it taken to curate it?
It’s been a work in progress for like two years now. Some songs that were on their ended up on other albums or projects. There’s so much that goes into putting out producer albums so I have immense respect for all the producers and DJs that have done this before me.
You have a joint radio show alongside Travis and you guys recently shared some unreleased material – one of which being ‘White Tee’ which has sent supporters wild! Do you tend to lean towards a certain sound or genre when it comes to production? And, can we expect this release any time soon?
Naw, I don’t lean toward any certain sound at all. Just whatever I’m feeling at the time. I knew that Trav was looking for beats heavy at the time so I tried to make something that I felt would match his energy.
During lockdown you’ve said you’ve been working on a joint project with Don Toliver! Your chemistry musically comes across as very natural! Have you pushed both your sounds sonically with this project?
Yeah me and Don are really pushing each other with this Escapism shit. We are trying to cover all the bases with this project, and I know people are gonna love it. That’s my brother and we have a lot of the same taste in music, so it’s just easy for us.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to start a career as a DJ?
My advice in 2020 to start DJing is play whatever the fuck you want to play. The only way you’ll have your own brand is to be 100% authentic and find your audience. Trust me they’ll find you.
What else can we expect to see from you this coming year?
Just lots of music. Working on a couple different albums right now. I’m 1000% locked in on pushing the whole rap sound. It’s gonna be a good rest of the year!