I had the honor of checking Tchami and Malaa on their ‘No Redemption Tour‘. The show was sweaty, packed, and overall amazing. The atmosphere on that giant dancefloor was one I’ve never experienced for myself. In modern day, Dance Music shows require an overhaul of production and pyro, the No Redemption tour brought everything back to its roots. Give us some speakers, room to dance, some lights, music, and watch the crowd go wild. This giant dance party was non-stop and most importantly, I rarely saw anyone pull out their phone. Everyone was focused on the grooves that played throughout the event.
The last leg of this run was a perfect time for reflection. Time to reflect on the feedback and support received from the fans and media. Selling out one of the most iconic venues San Francisco has to offer, we caught up with Tchami to ask him a couple of questions.
After doing a decent run of the “No Redemption” tour, what has stuck out the most to you in terms of the fan support or feedback?
“The one thing that we saw is the tremendous amount of love and support on the No Redemption project. The reception of our music has been great, fans know every song. We couldn’t hope better even if there are still big things happening.” –Tchami
You’re about to play in front of a sold-out crowd in one of the most iconic venues SF has to offer. You have history here, you did the pardon my french tour with snake here then the first confessions “party” here. Now, you’re headlining your own show here. When you take the time to step back and think of that growth, how can you describe that journey?
“Truly it was a lot of work getting here and the journey has been beyond incredible. I enjoyed every show I’ve played in SF from the small clubs to Bill Graham. It allows me to think that our music is making an impact and helping the scene growing in California but in the whole country as well. Selling out a show like this means we are going to be able to do a lot more in the future. I can’t wait to see what will happen from here.” –Tchami
You’ve mentioned in previous interviews that simply you and Malaa met in the studio. Can you take us back to that day? Who organized the session, what were you expecting to happen going into the studio?
“Honestly I didn’t know who he was at the time. We were just there hanging out with [DJ] Snake and Mercer. It was kind of like a family meeting, he just sat there and played some tracks. We were really into it, so welcome to the family man” –Tchami
How tough are you guys when it comes to critiquing each other’s music?
“Very..very..tough. If there’s one person that says no this is not right, you basically cannot put it out.” –Tchami
The best way I like to describe the divide between your styles is Heaven and Hell. When making music, how do you guys focus on combining both of your sounds?
“I don’t really think about that. It comes natural and I think the fact that I represent the good side maybe. But too much of good is bad, and vice-versa. I think Malaa has a bright side as well.” –Tchami
What was the conversation like when you two decided, let’s make an EP and let’s do a tour?
“It was very organic I would say. We had been in the studio for a while making tracks. We didn’t know where it was going to end up. One year ago we started making music, none of that stuff is what’s on the EP but the process started about a year ago.” –Tchami
Can you take us through the creative process of the way the stage and production are set up?
“There are two different stages. There was one in the beginning but we stuck with the B option where there are two different cubes and two mixers. We know the show by ear but we blindly mix each track after one another.” –Tchami
Can you tell us a bit of what may lie in the future? Would we be getting some more Tchami x Malaa Activity, Some Solo Stuff, or maybe more action from the Pardon My French Crew?
“Yeah like most of what you said, it’s happening definitely. It’s coming” –Tchami