CHAMP X DARKER THAN WAX GUEST MIX & INTERVIEW

Darker Than Wax are an electronic music label based from the island of Singapore,
breaking all bounds and grounds progressing the music scene in their city and influencing globally.
Since featuring the trio in our Issue #8 Portrait City Series, we’re excited to team up on a new CHAMP GUEST MIX,
out now on CHAMP SOUNDCLOUD.
Singapore-based co-founder of music label Darker Than Wax, Art Director, and DJ Funk Bast*rd (a.k.a Dean Chew) mixes smooth jazz, funk, soul and an even smoother groove of hip hop, with some classic beats for wherever you may be —- at the studio, home, friends spot, or on your way to where you need to be.

Listen here, and catch our past DTW Studio Visit shot by Champ Fam Marc Tan, with them here too.
Below, we had a good catch up with Dean (Funk Bast*rd), the music visionary from his base in Singapore.

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Portrait by OSG Photography
All other images below, by Marc Tan for Champ Magazine Issue #8

CHAMP INTERVIEW: DEAN CHEW 
(A.K.A FUNK BAST*RD / DARKER THAN WAX)

CHAMP: What inspires you about music, and to create and share it with others?
DEAN: Its the unspoken spontaneity that is extremely powerful, which forms the basis for that connection with another person. That is why music will always be the universal language that binds us altogether. That’s what pushes and inspires me to do this, and if you can be in a position to share it with others, it is the most humbling experience.
C: Do you remember the first track you heard that you loved, and continue to play or listen to today?
D: There’s really too many haha but if there’s one, it would have to be Lonnie Liston Smith’s Expansions when i first heard it in 1996. It broke all pre-conceived notions that I used to have, and made me understand that music is truly beyond categories.
    it is a piece of timeless music that will continue to speak volumes.

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C: Based in Singapore, how important is it to connect your work on a global level?
D: Singapore has never really been known as a creative hub, especially when it comes to music.
That’s one of the main reasons that pushes us to take Darker Than Wax to a global level, so that we can be regarded as a visible  creative export from this island. And also, given its geography,it’s highly strategic for us, in terms of connecting with both our regional and international artists, fan bases as well as promoters.

C: How do your disciplines and passions influence the other? 
D: Music and architecture essentially shares the same characteristics -
They are both spatial beings, which require you to be intuitive and methodical at the same time.

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 C: Are there any other independent labels we should keep an eye on and support?
D: Yes, currently the guys at Phyla Digital from Singapore are doing some good things,
and th
ey have been unearthing some homegrown talents as well. Definitely keep a lookout for them.

C: And, what are you currently working on, or in the future for us to watch?
D: A couple of things – planning some international DTW showcases, launching a new ‘Artist Spotlight’ series on our Soundcloud, and working on our next official release, which will feature TAJ, an up and coming
   soul / jazz trio from Singapore. Stay tuned!

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CHAMP X DARKER THAN WAX
(GUEST MIX #1) BY FUNK BAST*RD

Dean tells us about his mix, “The mix is inspired by some of my staple soul, funk and boogie cuts from my vinyl collection, blended with a variety of the current stuff I’m into, and it’s always that little journey I seek in all my mixes. There is no ‘old’ or ‘new’ music, it’s how u interpret them altogether.”

Listen here:
soundcloud.com/champ-magazine

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