Chico Rose is a name we’ve been hearing a lot lately. The Dutch DJ & Producer has been making waves in festival/House music, with releases on Spinnin’ Records, Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings, and more recently, Afrojack’s Wall Recordings. As an official part of fellow FL Studio Power User Afrojack’s team, Chico Rose is poised to continue building on his success, and he’s used FL Studio from the beginning. We recently took the opportunity to learn more about his background — keep reading to find out what he told us!
Chico Rose – Pop Off (feat. Lost Boy)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
My name is Chico de Reus, aka Chico Rose. I am from the Netherlands and I live in Rotterdam. I started with music when I got my first DJ set from my father around 2011. I grew up with a lot of music at home. My parents often listened to House music when I was young. After DJing for a few years, I was introduced to FL Studio by a good friend. Since then I have never stopped making music.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
As I just mentioned, I found out about FL Studio through a good friend. In the beginning, I occasionally went by to ask how certain things should be done. But in the end, I learned most of it myself by simply trying things out for nights on end.
Almost 10 years later, I still use FL Studio and I would never want to try anything else. It feels like coming home. The workflow is excellent and I can work out ideas very quickly. I’m in love with the latest FL Studio 😀
Chico Rose x 71 Digits – Somebody’s Watching Me
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I started my music career with Nicky Romero; I released my first music on his label. A few years later I came into contact with Afrojack. About 3 years after that, he signed me onto his team and we spent a lot of time together in the studio. What turned out really well is that Afrojack also uses FL Studio, so we were able to work quickly. About 2 years ago, I released my first songs on Spinnin’ Records which now have over 200 million streams on Spotify. Lately, I’ve been focusing more on House music — the music I grew up with.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
Not long ago I moved back to the Netherlands, where I was able to convert a separate room into a studio. I’m still making music with the speakers that started it all: KRKs :D.
In addition, I’m able to use Afrojack’s studios. These are acoustically perfect with built-in PMC speakers. So I often start ideas at home in the studio, and when it’s time to mix, I can go to the big studios.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?