Chase & Status with MC Rage (center)
"At one point when we were in the studio in London with Rihanna, Drake turned up, Jay-Z was there and Pharrell rolled in to play her some beats," says Saul Miton (aka Chase) of UK electronic producers Chase & Status. "It wasn't our usual Wednesday in West London."
In mid-May, Milton and MC Rage will cross the pond for a North American tour in support of their recent album Brand New Machine. The LP saw the duo reaching outside the bass music bubble to collaborate with artists like Pusha T, Major Lazer, and Nile Rodgers. As occasional producers for Rihanna and Rita Ora, Chase & Status are old pros at making new friends and while they still have a penchant for drum 'n' bass, they've expanded their repetoire to include trap, dubstep, reggae, and house.
"Everyone seems to be a lot less constrained by limiting genres," Milton explains of their North American audiences. "Everything is a lot more eclectic and our sets reflect that. We like to bring a lot of our influences with us and ultimately play music that the crowd may not know, getting back to that dubplate culture."
Having spent most of their touring time as a live act lately, this leg of the Brand New Machine Tour finds the duo returning to their roots behind the decks.
"When we started out 10 years ago, we were all about DJing, and playing lots of exciting new music," Milton recalls. "This tour feels like our chance to get back into the clubs."
The Brand New Machine Tour kicks off in Dallas and runs through an appearance at Mysteryland in upstate New York. Dancehall-heavy DJ/producer Ape Drums is along the ride for support. Check a a full list of tour dates below—grab tickets and additional info here.