Here’s my second interview with Bear Who? aka Fuzzy Cufflinxx. The last time I chat with this original artist from Chicago was in 2015. Once again, he gave me the opportunity to discover his new music project and brought me up to date on his most recent releases and future plans. An interesting conversation you can read below!
1 – We have always known you as Bear Who? – When did you start to use your artistic name Fuzzy Cufflinxx? Why?
Fuzzy Cufflinxxx. The artist side of things. It’s a feeling I get when I’m in the booth. This energy. I let him do his thing. Bear Who? is the DJ and boss. Fuzzy is the funk at the party. Loves the mic and spotlight. I have always been good on the mic. I’ve recorded with a lot of the best in the Electronic game. When we released “Fix My Sink” (Credence), it was supposed to be Fuzzy Cufflinxxx, not Bear Who?….. My release on Cross Section UK was titled “The Birth of Fuzzy Cufflinxxx”… Not a new thing to people that have followed me. Younger cats see it as a new artist. The vocals are real and the vibe is always on 100%.
2 – Are you still focused on House music? What does House music mean to you?
I Love House. I’m from Chicago, it’s part of my DNA. I’m influenced by all my surroundings. Hip Hop, Reggae, Salsa, Rock, Electronic… It all goes in there. When I get the drums, mic, kick and hat going; we will see where it goes. I always have my own vocal somewhere in a track. House has the soul. Even if it’s just a hat and kick, it has to fit and you know it’s House. As a DJ, if you rep Chicago, you better be good and know what you’re doing. That’s one thing that I hold high, as a Chicago OG. If you say you’re a Chicago House DJ, you better be able to back it up. I’m not humble about that.
I’ve recorded and spun with the greatest of Techno. I play and make Moombahton, I could ride with anyone. Just give me the best of the best. I’m focused on good songs, great collabs, and my own beats. If it’s a mean track I’m on it. I’m so into good music that I can take elements from anywhere, samples you couldn’t even recognize.
3 – What’s the latest track you are currently promoting? Where can we stream to it?
I have two projects out now. One with James Curd (Greenskeepers) and another with Todd Terry.
“Bring Back the Whoop” on Classic. James dropped a savage track to my vocals. We have known each other a long time, Both Chicago brothers. I love working with him. We have worked together before and we have another song dropping on Sense Traxx UK. “Balloon Talk”. We have Junior Sanchez and Made By Pete remixes. Lots of love. It’s on Traxsource, Beatport, iTunes.
Todd Terry beats and Fuzzy on the mic. Easy. We are both heavily influenced by Hip Hop, so it’s easy to collab on a nyc vs chi town hip house track. “You Can’t Stop House” a Todd Terry classic track with my vocals. Just let it play and beat it up. Crowds dig it. I know Todd and some of the other heads beat it up in Miami. Todd and I have worked on collabs before. This is my 3rd release on InHouse. It’s on Traxsource, Beatport, iTunes and Spotify.
4 – How easy or difficult was to produce a track with the legendary Todd Terry?
Todd and I have known each other for a minute. I respect him highly. He is definitely a legend, but a homie as well. He has remixed my music before and this is my 3rd release on his label “InHouse”. We work well together since we come from the same sound and styles. The New York/Chicago vibe is on point with our music. House, Hip Hop, Freestyle… we both run like that. So when Todd sends you a beat, you fight fire with fire. I let Fuzzy do his thing with the vocals. He knows that I can deliver.
Fun, real, and different. I’ve dropped a lot of music throughout my career. If you haven’t heard it, go take a listen. Take a look and Enjoy. ..
I am a fan as well. Green Velvet, A-Trak, CocoDrills, The Martinez Bros, Major Lazer, they can hold it down hard. Loco Dice as well. Mad love to these dudes. Live shows are too sick.
6 – What songs are coming in the near future? Are you already preparing new stuff or more collaborations?
I have two new projects.
“The Real” on S&S records. That’s with my homies from Spain “Zonum and Albert Retamero”. We are dropping a club Hip House style track on Steve “Silk’ Hurley’s label. It’s crazy to be working with Steve Hurley. He blessed the song with a nasty Remix. That will be a nice project.
and “Balloon Talk” with James Curd (Sense Traxx). This track is crazy. After “Bring Back The Whoop” this 1 is going to hit it nicely. The Junior Sanchez Mix is bananas.
I’m always down to collab. If it’s dope, bring it. Diplo & Major Lazer would be ill to work with…
7 – How do you promote yourself these days?
Have to put in work. You have to have a team. It takes effort and strategy. But at the end of the day, you have to have good music. Instagram and Snapchat are fun. Not going to lie. People say the are too cool for it. I use it. If you look for Fuzzy Cufflinxxx / Bear Who? you’ll find me.
8 – Are you concentrating more on being an artist than a DJ?
I am working on a full live show. Not just as a DJ anymore but a full show experience. Time to make it visual…
I’m always working on something. Even if I’m not in the lab. There is always a project up on the computer and I add to it every day. Always vocals to cut or beats to make.
10 – If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
There is a lot of music. I’d like to see more collabs and more diversity. I know that House is really making a comeback to good music.