By Tim Cant. When we asked Chad Hugo to disclose the idea behind his DJ project MSSL CMMND, we got this rather philosophical response: “My soul shall live constantly because my mind never dies.” It was unexpected, and the rest of his interview continued in the same enigmatic vein. But perhaps we should have been expecting it considering this is a man who forms one half of legendary production duo The Neptunes.
Alongside fellow Neptune Pharrell Williams, Chad has produced classics such as Nelly’s Hot in Herre, Justin Timberlake’s Like I Love You, and Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot. Along with Shay Haley, Hugo and Williams formed N*E*R*D and enjoyed hits of their own with Lapdance and She Wants To Move among others popular tracks.
MSSL CMMND – a DJ and production outfit who debuted last year with the well-received mixtape Why Fight The Space Age? – features Hugo alongside his DJ partner Daniel Biltmore. We caught up with them both to discover more about the project, how they came together, and why working out whilst mixing music is the way forward.
What’s your approach to putting together a live show?
Chad Hugo: “Right now, the live show consists of Daniel Biltmore and me. We get together, we make tunes together. We’ve been playing some of our own material, we’ve been remixing some classics… We’re a fan of various podcasts and other DJs. We pretty much keep it simple.”
When did you decide that DJing was the next step for you?
Chad: “We actually wanted to become sci-fi stars but we couldn’t find a camera crew at the time so we just started spinning records. But we really wanted to be sci-fi stars and put out crazy videos “I had a studio with Pharrell back in mid 2000 called the Hovercraft. My two N*E*R*D compadres moved south to Florida so I was left to run the ship. We experienced some problems with the locals so right now it’s a crossfit place – they run a gym. But during the time when I met Daniel, we devised this MSSL CMMND workout plan in which we were doing health regimens and physical training simultaneously with our DJing.”
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