On Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 a Cambridge first will take place at Wednesdays @ Phoenix Landing. Go Chuck Yourself! – 2 Chucks, 1 Stage, 4 Hours of House and Techno BLISS! If you dont get it, get this Charlie aka Chuck aka DJ Cnyce of Soul Clap will perform with Boston legend Chuck Caseroc. In anticipation of this monumentally dope and hilarious affair, we asked Chuck if he’d interview Chuck to find out exactly what makes him Chuck… er… tick!
Chuck – When/Why did you start DJing? Describe your sound…
Chuck – I started DJing around 1992. I had been going to The Loft with some friends and heard Nightcrawlers “Push The Feeling On”. I kind of became obsessed with that track and tracked it down at Boston Beat [closed], which had just moved to Boylston Street from East Boston. I started collecting House records and Break records around that time. I wanted to learn how to mix records together. I consider my sound to be House. I’ve always played House
and variants of it but the majority of stuff I played at the Phoenix [Landing] would be considered Chicago/West coast style. Even though I’ve always been into the techier stuff as well, I hesitate calling my sound Tech House because I hear a lot of Tech House that I don’t think is that good. I like a good deep mental atmosphere in my tech stuff not just some banging for the sake of banging shit, ya know?
Chuck – What was Boston like then? Where did you used to get your music?
Chuck – For me, Boston was insane back then. There were illegal break in warehouse partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way down Massachusetts Ave, a bunch of club nights going on and of course the mega raves if you were able to travel out of the city. I was also meeting all these DJs that I heard and thought were amazing like DJ Overload, DJ Bruno, John Debo, Dale Charles and 333 & Mgee. I always thought it was cool that these guys took the time out to talk to me about music and some of them I became good friends with.
I got most of my music from used places like Looney Tunes, In Your Ear, Nuggets and Planet Records [all these stores are still open, perhaps Chuck is good luck!!!]. I would also go to Newbury Comics for the sale bin. I didn’t really have the loot for brand new records but I would be in Boston Beat and Beat Non-Stop [closed] all the time listening to new stuff and maybe buying a new track here and there.
Chuck – How did the original Phoenix Wednesdays first start?
Chuck – The first dance night at the Phoenix Landing was a night called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sunday ServiceÃ¢â‚¬Â with these Irish DJ’s Peter Bailey and Foxy John. This night was crazy. It was all these Irish ex-pats going absolutely apeshit to Techno and Trance. Shannon [Shalako] got a gig at that night, rocked it, and was invited by the owner Kevin Trainor to start a Wednesday. I was returning from an 8 month “vacation” in Denver and was asked by Shannon [Shalako] if I wanted to do the night with him. We had our first night in March of 1997.
Chuck – Who was responsible for making the party happen?
Chuck – Kevin Trainor, Peter Bailey, Foxy John, Shane, Dolores, Blake Courtney, Shannon [Shalako] and myself [Caseroc].
Chuck – What were some highlights (crazy nights, great guests etc…)?
Chuck – Every Wednesday was pretty fuckin crazy. Some highlights were:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ DJ Osheen playing a trance set
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ DJ Hell and the International Deejay Gigolo tour with Acid Scout and Acid Maria.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Steve Bug
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Dave Skye being brought in as the 3rd resident
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ DJ Assault and the Detroit Grand Poobahs
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Funk D’Void
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ L.A. Williams
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Pepe Braddock
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ 5 year anniversary with Derrick Carter
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Bernard Badie showing up and asking if he was in the right place
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Matthew Dear live
I’m actually going to ask Shannon [Shalako] to put up the list of past performers back up on the Redlight website there were so many I can’t remember them all.
Chuck Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Best PHX Wednesday moment ever?
Chuck – One of the best phoenix moments to me was a New Years Eve, early on, when it fell on a Wednesday night. The place was rammed. It was definitely capacity. Shannon [Shalako]and I had a bagpipe player up on stage with us and when the clock struck 12 it was all over. The guy was blasting away on the bagpipes and we were rocking out. It was extremely intense.
Chuck – If you could have the career of any DJ who would it be? Why?
Chuck – I have spent an enormous amount of time and energy (and money) building my own career. I am finally at the point where I can balance working 50 hours a week at my day job and being able to still play gigs a couple times a month. It wasn’t easy, and I have a sacrificed a lot and am still in it. I wouldn’t want any other DJ’s career because i am proud of my own accomplishments. There was one point where Shannon [Shalako] and I had been at the Phoenix for 333 consecutive Wednesdays. I have also held residencies at Hibernia (now defunct), the Wonderbar, and now the Goodlife one Friday a month with Judea Stonez, and one friday a month with Scott Bliss.
-Besides raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, what are a few of your favorite things?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ My wife Sally
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ My cats Tiger and Bella
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Designing flyers
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Learning a new computer program
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Anna’s Taquiera
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ House of Siam
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The chicken fingers from AK’s by my house
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Beach days/lake days
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Cooking outside
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Travelling to new places
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Good friends
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ My family
Chuck – All Chucks/Charlies have nicknames, growing up what was yours? What is the best thing about being a Chuck?
Chuck – My real name is William[WTF!!!!]. I was named Chuck by my Aunt Liz who passed when she was real young. People have called me Chuck from before I could even recognize my own name. I also was called B by my friends in the neighborhood in Malden where I grew up. I think the best thing about being a chuck is just straight raw potential… the world is ours!