Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of the hardest hit areas, so The AU Review has kickstarted a Q&A series “looking past the pandemic”, encouraging creatives from around the world to share their travel hopes, dreams, and the thoughts or things that are getting them through 2020, while also highlighting essential experiences in their own country.
Chip E (Chicago, Illinois)
There are few figures in the history of house music as bright as Chip E, an architect of the genre in every sense, and a major reason why the sound will forever be rooted in his home city of Chicago. A reference point for house heads the world over, the stalwart DJ and producer is an eternal presence on the scene, so who better for this Q&A series then someone who can frequently be found hopping across international festivals in spots like Japan, Thailand and Vietnam? That was before 2020 hit of course, but we have no doubt he’ll be grinding on the circuit soon once we get past this pandemic.
We caught up with Chip E to look past the pandemic.
When travel opens up completely, the first place I’m going is…
When international travel opens up, the first place I’m heading to is Asia. I had tours lined up for clubs and festivals in Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. I love the warm climate in South East Asia, but especially the warm reception I always get from my fans there. So much energy and passion for my music and performances.
The one international destination I’m yet to visit but have always dreamed of…
I’m a huge movie buff, and Casablanca is my all time favourite. Someday I hope to visit Morocco and tour the city of Casablanca. Now, if I happened to have a gig there, that would just be icing on the cake. I ever kind of borrowed a line from the movie for the title of my documentary on House Music. There’s a scene where the French hear that a German courier was killed. Because they wanted to appear to be vigilant, the French officer tells his team to “round up the usual suspects.” When I made my documentary, I wanted to be truly vigilant, thus the title is “The UnUsual Suspects
– Once Upon a Time in House Music”.
The three things or thoughts that are getting me through this pandemic…
The 3 things that help me through the pandemic are my family, my friends, and constant contact with fans around the world. It’s great to be able to do video conferences with anyone at anytime, and almost anywhere in the world. Throughout this pandemic, I’m reminded of a quote by Helen Keller “ Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”