In the blog world, my man Chew Fu needs no introduction. His name is known and his sound is all his own. We had a chance to catch up with him this weekend. He filled us in on what he’s been up to and he surprised us with a NoVegans.com exclusive joint.
NoVegans: NoVegans is a relatively new blog on the international scene. We be steady reppin the Midwest! Our stats tell us we’re pulling in a lot of peeps that have never read a music blog before, and probably a lot that are just discovering your sound, so for those that don’t know Chew Fu, let’s start at the beginning. Man… what’s up with that name Chew Fu? How did you come up with that?
Chew Fu: My crew at PURE actually came up with the name about 8 years ago when I was producing tracks for Bad Boy Records to describe my production process and style. Chew Fu is the sound made during and after I’ve consumed a track and spit out a hot remix/refix. Chew Fu is the sound produced when you take something hot and make it hotter…My business partner once told me that I’m the only person he knew who could actually fix something that wasn’t broken to begin with….that’s Chew Fu.
NoVegans: Now what’s this I’ve read about Perfect Music? Where did that come from? What does that mean?
Chew Fu: Actually, we call the brand of music we do FUTURE-PERFECT or Progressive B-Boy. FUTURE-PERFECT music fuses the best elements from all the genres that we love including authentic Hip-Hop, Soul, Rock, Pop, and of course house. It’s our response to the iPod Generation’s proclivity to create playlists without regard to genre.
Consumers today are far less fixated on genre then in the past. It used to be that if you were a Hip-Hop fan, rock fan, dance fan, etc., you would not color outside the lines of the genre you rep’d for fear of retribution from your peers. Today the only criteria kids seem concerned with is a song’s Hottness. Future-Perfect is synonymous with Hottness.
NoVegans: And to make sure we’re all on the same page, what is your affiliation with Palms Out? And are there any plans for a Palms Out Tour?
Chew Fu: Those are my peoples…Luv Dem Dudes! I am principal musical contributor to the Palmsout Blog… but more than anything, despite my affiliation, I am a huge fan of what those cats are doing. I stay in awe of what they have accomplished, what I know they will accomplish, and of the massive influence they have, particularly in the progressive dance music arena.
As far as a Palm’s Out Tour is concerned, we have discussed the possibility of collectively taking over the world, but are content with conquering NYC and the North East this summer as a precursor of big things to come.
NoVegans: Definitely big things to come – speaking of big things, looks like you’ve been doing a lot of traveling overseas lately. Are you gearing up for an American cities tour as well? Any plans on rolling through St. Louis anytime soon?
Chew Fu: Truth be told, I really need to get to the “Gateway City”… I think we need to build about a NO VEGANS-CHEW FU Midwest-Tour Collabo ASAP.
You hear so much about New York, LA, and Miami, but the amount of love I get from the Midwest is sick… You cats really get it, musically. You could say that St. Louis is like a Future-Perfect city… Maybe it has something to do with the fact that y’all are right smack in the middle of the country and as the Gateway City all Hottness must Pass Go before it collects its $200. Just as my Future-Perfect style of music borrows the best elements from other genres, so too does St. Louis borrow the best elements from its coastal cousins to create a unique identity. Hell, y’all might want to get me a gig working at your local Chamber of Commerce while you’re at it… St. Chew Fu… for real!
NoVegans: LOL! We would love to have you here. Let’s make that happen. Now tell me real quick because the readers want to know, what are you not leaving home without when you’re packing for a tour?
Chew Fu: My saxophone – my Twin Macbook Pros – my iPhone – my Panerai Luninor Marina wristwatch – my Comme des GARCONS wallet filled with counterfeit $1 million bills to keep my eye on the prize, and a pocketful of Yummy Earth Organic Lollypops for the ladies and any suckers I might encounter.
NoVegans: LOL – you know the girls love those lollipops…
Now if this were a radio broadcast, the music would be slowly creeping in and you’d get that feeling we’d be getting ready to hit you up with a commercial, but that’s not how we do it here. Instead, here’s proof we aren’t playing around when we say we’ve got exclusive tracks. Try to find this one on Hypem… lol
Tomorrow, we’re going to pick up where we left off with my man Chew Fu. We’ll cover production, software, and what the future holds, plus we’ve got two more exclusives and four tracks in all, so don’t sleep on this one tomorrow. Keep hitting that refresh button, or better yet subscribe to our RSS feed so you’re always updated as soon as we release new content. Until then… stay true!