Chicane (Nicholas Bracegirdle) is one of the most prolific producers, composers and hit makers born out of nineties club culture and the trance music scene.
This Saturday, Chicane plays at Back To The Old Pool at the Tower Festival Headland in Blackpool, UK. Check out our chat below, where Nicholas speaks to us about touring and production in 2017 and reveals the funniest thing that has ever happened to him.
T.H.E – Hi Nick! Thanks for taking time out for this interview. How’s it going?
Chicane – Going good, it’s been quite a busy year so far spending far too much time on planes. One trip saw a set on Boracay in the Philippines followed by Budapest! Got Derry, Valencia, Romania, Amsterdam, LA and … I can’t remember …
T.H.E – How has 2017 been for you so far in terms of touring and production so far?
Chicane – Well, I’ve been busy working on the new studio album and of course, the new single, ‘How Does Your House Work’. Plus re-mastering Behind the Sun – we’re planning a Behind the Sun band tour soon and hopefully taking that into the festivals next year. The Sun:Sets podcast and radio show keeps me busy too.
T.H.E – You’re all set to play at the Back To The Old Pool, party this Saturday. How excited are you?
Chicane – Yeah, looking forward to it, it should be a very good day. I don’t think about events too much otherwise I get too overwhelmed.
T.H.E – What do you have in mind, in terms of your set? What can fans look forward to?
Chicane – I always use sets like this to revisit my own stuff and stuff that has influenced me or maybe a new track I think resonates in the same way. As you may be aware, we released ‘Twenty’, the album celebrating twenty years since the release of Offshore. My take on sets, like this, is that I play what people might term some of the hits, but I also play tracks both old and modern from my twenty years of being around this business – tracks that aren’t mine per se. I’m just as much a fan as everyone else.
T.H.E – The festival is all about old skool and classics, is that a theme that your set can personify?
Chicane – I guess people can decide that afterwards. I don’t profess to personify anything really, people project things onto you. I’ll definitely play some classics.
Time for a few fun questions.
T.H.E – You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
Chicane – Buy a large mud bath for it.
T.H.E – What is the funniest thing that has happened to you?
Chicane – Having success. Makes me laugh anyway!
T.H.E – Which is the weirdest thing you have been asked to autograph?
Chicane – Someone had a Saltwater tattoo on their arm and asked me to sign it. You can’t say no, that’s quite a commitment.
T.H.E – If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
Chicane – Well, there is a Chicane movie in the pipeline, but not with me as the subject matter, as it happens. If I was to be featured, either Steve Coogan, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe, Russell Brand, Andy Serkis or maybe Sasha…
T.H.E – Thanks Nick! Hope you have a blast at the festival.
Chicane plays at Back To The Old Pool on Saturday 8th July at the Tower Festival Headland in Blackpool, UK. www.back2theoldpool.com