Mar 03, 2020
Chocolate Puma's TONCO TONE Exclusive Mix
Dance music legends Chocolate Puma simply can’t be stopped! As we open a new decade, the Dutch duo are celebrating the launch of their new label TONCO TONE as well as their debut performance at Ultra Music Festival. Turn it up for their Exclusive Mix which features the first release from their label “Megablast,” a tune which you could hear them road testing as intro track for the last several months, as well as groovy house cuts and big basslines to lift the energy! Bring on the chocolate!
Rene, Gaston, thanks so much for joining us to celebrate the launch of your own label TONCO TONE! Combined with the upcoming debut performance at Ultra Miami, it’s such an exciting time! How’s the mood between you guys in Holland at the moment?
Drinking champagne, dancing on the tables, and throwing chocolate cake at each other. That’s not what we’re actually doing but that’s the mood we are in at the moment haha. So yes, we’re very excited!
How long have you had the idea to start a label for and what made now the right time to get started?
We’ve been playing with the idea of starting a label again for a few years, and the guys at Spinnin’ have been bugging us about it for a while now. Somehow we thought this year was the perfect moment. We found the right name, and finally have the right idea about how we want to run the label. It just feels like the right next step to take now.
Talk to us some more about the meaning behind the name TONCO TONE. We of course remember the Defected release and the epic music video by the same name, but would love to know what the name represents to you today.
Ah yes, that video haha. We were looking for a name that represents us as well as our musical taste. It also had to be a name that’s easy to pronounce and to remember. We both like concept cars from the seventies, which you might have noticed if you ever attended one of our sets or saw any of our artworks. So we actually were looking at cool concept car names for weeks with no success. Somehow we stumbled upon Tonka cars (those indestructible toy cars) and remembered that Tonco Tone was inspired by Tonka. So instead of ending up with a cool concept car name we ended up naming our label after our old song Tonco Tone. We’re not sure if this all makes any sense but that’s how our brains sometimes work haha.
You’re kicking things off in a big way with “Megablast.” What made that the right record to start things off and what are some signature elements in the track?
We thought we might as well start off with a bang and let people know Tonco Tone is here. It has been a track we started a lot of our sets with for the last months so it made sense to make this the first release.
What can you tell us about the release strategy and direction of the upcoming music on your label? We understand you will be releasing a lot of records with either a Chocolate Puma Edit or Remix to maintain a signature touch?
We will start off with a few Chocolate Puma tracks or collaborations to establish the label. After that we will start signing other people’s music. We are open for what is in our ears, good dance music or how we still like to call it, house music. Preferably something that we would play in our sets. Something that has never been done before and surprises us. But above all it should excite us. And if the artist is up for it we will not shy away from getting involved with mixing, mastering or arranging using our years of experience producing and DJing.
Any hints at some of the artists who will be featuring on TONCO TONE or the upcoming IDs we may be hearing?
There’s a certain track about chicken and snakes coming up, but that’s all we can say at the moment.
As mentioned earlier, this month you will also be making your debut at Ultra Music Festival Miami on the Revealed Stage! Talk to us some more about what the milestone performance means to you both.
This means a lot! We have been in the business for almost 30 years now and we played almost everywhere on the planet, but actually never at Ultra Miami. So we’re very excited about this one. A big shout out to the Revealed Team for having us!
Is there anything else on the horizon that you’re particularly excited about or want to share?
Yes, actually there is. It seems to be that 2020 is gonna be a good one for us because we are playing Tomorrowland Main Stage this year. Bring On The Chocolate!
Chocolate Puma's debut release on Tonco Tone,"Megablast," is out now on all platforms! https://spinninrecords.com/releases/megablast/details
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