INTERVIEW: Chambray

Pic by Anna Delage

Brand new label Undisputed Music breaks cover with its first release from German artist Chambray: a slick and uplifting house cut that sets out the label’s stall for delivering quality dance music that will stand the test of time.

Founded by industry aficionados Tony Garvey and Marc Thomas, they share over two decades of experience between them.  From currently running the UK Electronic roster for world renowned management company, Red Light, to many years within the walls of, Island Records, DefJam, Priority Records, MCA / Motown, AM:PM, Defected Records, Strictly Rhythm and Universal Music Publishing, their wealth of knowledge is well earned.

The inaugural release on Undisputed Music comes from German producer Chambray, the alias of André Rost who has delivered some dancefloor heaters over the years on labels like Rekids, Figure, Dirtybird, Unknown To The Unknown and many more.

Hi Andre, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Despite the situation I am doing well. I have been recharging my batteries the past few weeks in the South of Portugal, where I have the opportunity to social distance and enjoy nature at the same time.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hands Down”?

I aim to bring positive vibes with my tracks and “Hands Down” one of these tracks that was made with this mindset and spirit.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Recently I got into the flow of creating a lot of new tracks. Feels like I get inspiration from different sources. “Hands Down” – as the title says – is actually a description of how I felt about producing the track. It felt easy & without much effort.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

No not planned at the moment.

How was the recording and writing process?

Initially the instrumental was intended for a remix, but I felt it was not quite right for what I wanted to achieve with it. After some time playing around in Ableton and adding my own vocal recordings I was able to create a track that felt right. I am very happy with the end result.

What role does German play in your music?

Living in Berlin brought me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, I feel that origin does not matter and music has no borders.

As you move into a new label – are you using this to explore other sounds?

I am an independent artist who is open for releasing tracks on various labels.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I am working on a lot of new tracks which I expect to get released somewhere next year, but nothing set in stone yet.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My next release is a remix Chocolate Puma which drops on Axtone this December.

What else is happening next in Chambray’s world?

Depending on what the future brings, I aim to find a balance between living in Berlin and finding peace. I believe it is important to escape the busy city life and take time to develop myself in different ways.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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