For those who love Drum n' Bass and unabashedly never left the 90's, Sydneysider 'Chung Nation', a.k.a. Andrew Jhavery, is making some serious chillstep waves. An electronic music producer, Chung Nation released his latest single 'We Will Rise', in March this year. It features the smashing vocals of Australian artist Mookhi and is one to get your hands on, pronto.
For D n' B fans, it's a must-listen-to. Especially those who don't mind a stripped back tune. The track has been received with open arms, and it's no wonder. Chung Nation is an all-round 'give it everything' producer.
He took some time out from surfing the Sydney waves, madly producing bangin' tracks and taking hilarious photos of his gorgeous son, Jarrah to chat about what's been happening in his world.
On your Instagram page (@chungnation) you were recently in Perth to do gigs in Fremantle and Dunsborough.
West Oz is the dark horse when it comes to live shows. I remember when I first started playing shows In Perth, Fremantle, and down the coast as far as Margaret River the live shows would be better than pretty much any other show I'd play in Australia.
What differences do you see in the audiences love of chillstep \ D n' B between Perth – where I am now, Melbourne – my hometown and Sydney where you are based.
I think for so long Melbourne had been seen as the hub of live music, but from years of tour experience I always found the West Coast shows were the best and they have been gradually getting better each year. It comes down to this; the punters are really actually there for the music. They want to find out more about you, and they are genuinely interested in new music; it's a fresh thing to see, and something I'd love to see in my own hometown (Sydney).
Why do you think this is so?
I think drum n' bass is still pretty underground in Australia and it can be difficult playing to new audiences because most people expect you to play house, hip hop or other pretty common genres, but the response I've had to date has been amazing. When I played my set in Dunsborough, I wasn't expecting much in terms of response but what I found was if you stick to the type of music you know and love and make it relatable to people through good interaction and remixes etc., then it can turn a small nothing gig, into a breakthrough gig in a new town, and give you a few new loyal fans.
Other than having an adorable little baby, how are you juggling producing, performing music, work, and family life at present?
Chung Nation and mini Chung Nation
I've been so blessed with the birth of my son, Jarrah. My wife Sarita is an unbelievable mum and has put up with my music obsession for years. In the year leading up to his birth I spent most of the year overseas on tour and I started to feel drained and lose interest in life as a musician.
I think I was really bored musically and I think the stress of having no money, touring, and knowing that I was about to be a dad definitely had a negative impact on how I felt about music at that point in time. I decided to take some time off, and I literally packed up all my musical gear, put it in the garage and wanted nothing to do with it for a while.
I would say it was the best decision I've ever made. The birth of my son actually motivated me so much more to get on with it and keep producing music and I've been producing my best stuff with Jarrah sitting in on my studio sessions staring quietly at me while I blast these huge beats on full volume!
Music is a huge part of my life and has given me so many opportunities that I could never have imagined as a kid, so I'm glad to be back in love with it, but I think sometimes you need to take a step back and breathe. I prefer to be busy, and I think doing the day-to-day things like working or helping at home and hanging with the family, can make you really appreciate the time you do get to work on a new song.
I think it actually makes you more productive, so I'm pretty happy with the balance I've got at the moment.
You've released 'We Will Rise' which is a stellar track, what's on the cards for the rest of 2015?
I've honestly been blown away by the response of releasing "We Will Rise", the feature vocalist Mookhi did an incredible job and its really motivated me to finish the other 30 or so tracks I have sitting unfinished! I definitely want to tour and work on the live show this year, I've got some cool ideas to mix audio and visuals and make the show a bit more interactive and interesting that will take a few months to get right.
Will you be collaborating with Australian artists or musicians from overseas?
Yeah I'm working on a few new collaborations with a couple different artists both here and overseas; one collaboration in particular is with one of my best mates, Kid Mac which I'm psyched to collaborate on!
The 90's banger is one of my all-time favourite songs, and I think it was the first time I heard drum n' bass on a commercial track, hint, hint! ;)
I'm curious about the resurgence of 90's bangers? Are we dialling back to this era or did it never leave?
How could it ever go out of fashion? I think I might still have my old green adidas matching tracksuit pants and jacket lying around somewhere haha! I'm a huge fan of 80's and 90's music; everything from punk to hip hop. It just sounded better back then, and I love the idea of reviving it!
What's the scene like for the type of music you produce in Sydney?
To be honest I'm pretty new to the scene and haven't played a whole lot in Sydney. I spend more time producing at home and touring in places other than Sydney, but I think this year I definitely want to get more involved in the local scene and bring the music I love making, to new ears!