Interview: Chesster

Italian DJ & producer Chesster has built a solid foundation for himself with past releases coming via record labels such as Moan, Sake Records, and Surge Recordings.

The now London/LA-based artist recently made his debut appearance on respected Dutch label PIV, with the release of an impressive five-tracker which combines four new originals with a remix from PIV-boss Prunk.

We spoke to Chesster about the new release, what he looks for in a label when considering them for a release, and what else we might hear from him in 2024. Read the full interview below.

Hi Chesster – where are you right now and what are you up to?

Hey, great to be chatting with you guys! I moved from London to LA about a year ago. At the moment I’m spending most of my time in the studio as I have some really exciting projects coming up for this year.

You just debuted on PIV for the release of your new ‘Tribute’ EP, talk us through the process of making the original tracks on this one?

The creative process behind all the tracks was very smooth. ‘Tribute’ and ‘Sound of Bliss’ are the more colourful and housey cuts of the package. I kept the instrumentals fairly simple to highlight the original vocals we recorded, and I’m really happy with the result. ‘Hot & Lost’ was inspired by seeing Underworld at Coachella. Those vocals and snappy pads complement the groove making it a good, driving track. ‘Dance Mania’ was the last addition to the EP – aiming for something deeper with a long buildup and evolving structure. I think this one was done in three hours, I love when that happens!

And it also includes a remix from Prunk – what are your thoughts on his edit?

I think Prunk did a fantastic job of retaining some elements from the original track, while infusing it with his signature sound. The original is housey and funky, the remix is darker and groovier. When he sent it to me I remember thinking, “this is exactly what a remix is supposed to be”!

You’ve released music with labels like Moan and Sake Records in the past, what do you typically look for in a potential label partnership?

When I consider a label, the music and creative concept are the most important thing for me, but the connection with the people behind it is a major factor as well. So far, I’ve been lucky to work with good, talented people and labels that I’m really happy with.

Which other labels might we see you release on in 2024?

I won’t reveal names just yet, but I can share that I have three more releases scheduled for the rest of the year, along with collaborative projects with some of my favourite artists and friends Oden & Fatzo, RUZE, Ranger Trucco, and Romeo Louisa. I’m also working on the launch of a new label with my good friend THEOS, more on this later.

You’re from Venice but spend your time between London and Los Angeles, what’s something you love about both cities?

Honestly, they couldn’t be more different, but I love them equally! Some of my favourite things about London are its history, architecture, the vibrant culture you breathe everywhere, and of course, the electronic music scene. LA offers what London doesn’t – warm, sunny weather all year round, ocean and palms, and a more laidback, relaxed atmosphere. Plus, the food scene here is incredible!

Your favourite track of 2024 so far?

The upcoming album from RUZE on PIV.

Is there anything else you want to mention before we go?

Massive thank you to all the people who have shown support for my latest release on PIV, and to you guys for having me. Cheers!

Chesster – Tribute EP is out now on PIV.