My name is Aiala Tchikanha, I am the co-founder of IAM – International …
WHAT A SENSATIONAL DUO!
Beijing. Nanchang. Changsha. Shangai. Guangzhou. Foshan. Xiaoshan. Zhenzhou… and more.
Oh, yes… so much more!
RAVE REPUBLIC is now touring China with 12 different shows covering 11 different cities, a tour that last one month.
“China is huge; we have been to Shangai and Beijing, both amazingly futuristic and very cosmopolitan. Nanchang, instead, presented itself as a developing city but a wonderful place to play. We are also heading to small cities. All everything is very diverse and exciting in this country!”
What do you like about the Chinese audience?
It has been different from the English speaking Asian countries for instance Singapore, where English is the first language. We had to adapt to the unique situation we encountered in China. If you think about it, the rest of the world listens to the same music; Latin inspired or English music, but here there is no way you can really have access to those songs from Europe or the US because services like Spotify don’t work. If we drop an Ed Sheeran’s track somewhere else we definitely provoke a huge reaction with people screaming, but if we do it here in China the people would be a bit confused, so we needed to change our style.
Why did you decide to leave your countries?
Matt: My father was transferred when I was 16 so I followed my family to Singapore, I finished my high school and university education and from there I transitioned into DJing. I also obtained an MBA but instead of following the business, I followed my passion.
Stas: Born in Russia and grew up in Australia. I moved to Singapore 9 years ago, I was a brand manager for Procter&Gamble, working full time, almost 10 hours per day. I started DJing on the side but eventually it became quite big. So, I decided that since I was still young, it was necessary to give it a go and see what happened… and it was amazing.
Could you have the same fame in your country?
No way! One of our biggest appeal in China right now is that we are two western guys, we stand out here! In Europe we would be just normal. It’s like developing any brand in the market; you have to be different from the norm and stand out. In a market like China this is even more obvious, they look for something really different, of course talent is required.
Three words to define your life.
Flexibility: Something I did not have before as I am coming from a corporate world where I had to work 80 hours a week. Now, I can freely manage my time, we are DJing 2 or 3 times a week, and finally we can pursue our hobbies.
Airplanes: We spend a lot of time on airplanes, every 3 days we are on a flight!
Self Motivated: It’s a key in this job. It’s very easy to get lazy and sit back, to hope that all things will come to you but it does’t work that way. We don’t have anyone telling us what to do and when, being self-motivated is fundamental. We keep growing our brand by networking and marketing, researching and creating new music, hustling basically.
Be self motivated otherwise you fail!
How did you meet? How did you know that you were right for each other?
It was just one night. I had a pretty bad breakup with my ex-girlfriend and it was Wednesday, a day I usually don’t party on. Matt was Djing at this club which I also often Dj at but I wanted to have some fun and being noticed a bit.
“Yo Matt, let’s play back to back!”
That night we decided to play together. As Djs it’s difficult to find someone compatible, we started with a 10-minutes jam session and we ended up playing all night together. We developed it and eventually we came up with the concept of Rave Republic!
Déshabillé Magazine girls, are definitely waiting for Stas and Matt to party in Europe. It was a great chat with these two rising and amazing DJ’s!
DJ Duo Rave Republic: Mathias Schell and Stas Madorski, Singaporean at heart!
Since they formed in 2014, the duo have had club residencies in Singapore and have performed across the region, including Japan, China, Australia, Hong Kong and Philippines, they shared the spotlights with some of the most talented and popular DJs as Skrillex, Alesso, LMFAO, Far East Movement.
Can you feel the energy?