Who are you
I'm Chesca. I am a music producer and DJ. I am one half of the production team called Royalty, along with Elliott Yorke. I am originally from Italy but now reside in London.
What are you up to at the moment?
Right now i'm focusing on becoming better and better as a DJ. I've been doing it for many years but always focused on the production side more. So now I'm taking DJing more seriously and loving it so much.
Favourite summer jam/ place to chill?
My favourite summer jam is probably "Message from my body" by Junior Tucker. It's the perfect jam to play during the 5 minutes drive from my house to the beach when I'm in Italy. I have a few cool places I really love lately. During the day I like taking walks at the Clissold Park Cemetery in East London. It's perfect combination of something a bit wild, inspiring, sexy and slightly creepy. At night I love going to the Dalston Superstore, it's pretty much the same combination of elements plus the cool "NYC in 1982" vibe.
Listening to your EP, it seems like there's an obvious nod towards eighties synth boogie. it seems like a lot of producers are looking towards that era now that the disco fever of the last couple of years has died down a bit! Where do you feel the line is drawn between bleary-eyed nostalgia and creating something new?
I think nowadays all new music kinda looks back to the past in some way or another. I'm personally not so into music that sounds too much like the old stuff. There has to be a "new" element to everything new. Good music sounds eternal, but it also reflects the times it was made in.
Top 3 current/all time producers
Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Leon Burgess. Currently Azari & III, Julio Bashmore and Gifted And Blessed.
What's your approach to making music, what comes first?
I have different ways of working on a tune. I started producing by sampling, and even if I don't really sample that much anymore, I still enjoy getting inspired by a 4 bars drum loop or a funky bassline, even if I'll take it out eventually. When I work with Yorke, we mostly take turns on the session. I'll make some drums, then he'll come in and put down some chords, then I draw some midi bass, he doesn't like it, i get annoyed, he goes to smoke outside, I make another one, etc etc..
Most essential piece of studio equipment
A giant size poster of Rick James.
Most essential studio snack
I'm not really big on snacks since I quit pot.
What's your last resort tune if the crowd is flagging
I dont have one and I should probably do.
Top 3 end of the night tunes
Every set is different so I couldn't say. I've seen one of my DJ mates play The Weeknd "What you need" a couple times right before the lights came on, and loved it.
What's up next?
Release another Royalty EP in the next couple months, have a few holidays, be in the studio for the whole month of August.