A few short years after breaking through, on the back of a series of huge house tracks, Dutchman Chris Stussy is now a growing part of the global underground scene. Always leading the way and heading into new musical territory, he has built on early successes with a steady stream of essential new releases with each one bringing something fresh to the dance floor via influential labels like Djebali and Phil Weeks’s Robsoul.
Inspired by the likes of Kerri Chandler, raw Chicago grooves and well-schooled in the classics, Stussy uses this knowledge to head into the future and perfect his own take on the genre, while drawing on disco and the jazz of his youth to lend his music its extra special and standout sense of character.
All of this understanding also colours his work in the DJ booth of key clubs and festivals around the world. From Awakenings to the mainstage of Welcome to the Future, via Watergate in Berlin, Rex Club in Paris and Mysteryland with Carl Cox and Jamie Jones, plus various other gigs round the UK, Ibiza and Hungary. He can seamlessly switch up his sound to suit the moment and is as comfortable on the scene’s huge mainstages as he is in intimate and personal clubs.
As a remixer, Stussy has reworked the likes of Mark Farina and Michel De Hey, and after recent EPs like the ‘Boogie Trippin EP’ and ‘Nightdriver EP’ on Robsoul, and djebali Presents Chris Stussy, he is about to unleash a wealth of exciting new material. It includes a vinyl only EP on his regular home label PIV limited, as well as a new collaborative effort with the Djebali label boss and two new EPs for DJ Steaw’s Rutilance Recordings and House Puff. As such, Stussy is continually finding fascinating new corners to explore within the House scene, and continues to showcase this in the studio as well as in the most important DJ booths around the world.
DJ/producer Prunk is working at his own pace, but this doesn’t mean he’s taking things slow. His label PIV, which he started in 2015, has been steadily releasing EP’s, like his own production ‘Sexy Brasil’ for instance. The EP was released on the imprint in the spring of 2016. Next to being head honcho of the label and producing records, Prunk has been playing gigs around the world, with Brazil (D.EDGE, São Paulo) and Bali (Jenja) as two of his main features. Prunk, who’s been dj-ing for over 10 years, has found himself the perfect way to remain relevant and relaxed and that’s by doing all he’s doing his own way, together with people he likes working with.
This relaxed attitude towards his dj-ing, plus his infectious vibe in the booth got him resident for STRAF_WERK and regular for DGTL and Jenja. For 2017 this means Prunk is playing not only at DGTL Amsterdam, but at DGTL Barcelona as well. It’s not just Prunk’s relaxed approach that gets him to play the gigs he does though. His warm and sexy, but always dancefloor orientated and uplifting sound that finds its influences in artists like Kerri Chandler, Djebali, Mark Farina and Mr Ks is definitely attracting attention from many promoters as well. These past two year he’s played at places like Miami, Dominican Republic, Moscow, Monaco, Barcelona, Austria, São Paulo, Switzerland and many Dutch festivals like Awakenings, Amsterdam Open Air, Verknipt Festival and Loveland Festival. With his Indonesian roots, playing at Bali’s finest club Jenja, where he’s been asked back twice, feels like a homecoming party to Prunk. While playing at Sao Paolo’s high-end club D.EDGE was nothing less of a dream either.
Coming year sees more respected gigs for Prunk with another round of Amsterdam Open Air, Nassau Festival, All We Want Festival, Welcome to the Future Festival and the highly anticipated PIV stage hosting at The Ark; a party cruise which sets sail in Barcelona and then travels to Ibiza.
From the start of the PIV label Prunk has been hosting label nights at clubs like Chicago Social Club, De Marktkantine, Annabel and also in Malta. PIV has found its newest residency in Amsterdam’s freshest club Claire, where the first edition in April has Paolo Rocco and Mr Ks are on the line-up next to Chris Stussy and himself.
It is with Stussy that Prunk has found his sparring partner. Prunk scouted the young artist a couple of years ago, as he also did with Bas Roos. Prunk and Chris Stussy have played multiple gigs together, but they also spent time in the studio. Which resulted in the release of the ‘Material’ EP on EWax in the winter of 2016. Another production by the duo, the ‘Life EP’, was released on Moulton Music. Both EP’s caught the attention of vocalist Alex Mills, who you can hear on Miguel Campbell’s hit Something Special. Prunk and Mills hooked up in the studio with No Cure as a result.
Together with Roos he produced the track What I Do, which found its way unto the Defected in the house Ibiza 2016 compilation.
By the look of things Prunk has found his place in the fast moving world of dj-ing and producing and it doesn’t seem he’s going anywhere soon.