The Suriname native who made his name on the Dutch club scene co-produced the J Balvin hit featuring Jeon & Anitta.
Clyde Narain, known as DJ Chuckie on the international dance scene, has taken a road less traveled to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart. A native of Suriname, he spent his formative years in Holland’s clubs. He now lives in Aruba. With his frequent collaborator, production team ChildsPlay, Chuckie is the co-producer of “Machika,” the Latin chart hit featuring Colombian star J Balvin, Balvin protege Jeon (who is from Aruba) and Brazil’s Anitta.
While some listeners may be quick to put the song in the ever-expanding reggaeton file (and Anitta fans can embrace the allusions to Rio funk in the mix), Chuckie says that it’s the Dutch Caribbean house style called "bubbling," not reggaeton, that was the foundation for the “Machika” sound.
Bubbling was born in the late 1980s when DJ Moortje, a Netherlands-based DJ from Curacao, accidentally speeded up a dancehall track during a club set in The Hague. “The rhythms of Jamaica [including reggaeton instigator dembow] have been favorites in the Netherlands,” says Chuckie. “Bubbling changed the speed to almost double the tempo.”