Gosh, that sounds goosebump-worthy. Tell us about your journey. How did you guys meet and become Chinese Man?
High Ku: We were all working in the dance music industry for a while. I think we met in 2000 and just started working on stuff together and in 2004, we started Chinese Man.
Mateo and SLY have known each other longer. They went to school together.
SLY: Yeah, we hated each other in school though. *laughs*
Tell us about your childhood. When did you start getting into the music industry?
Mateo: We all grew up in Provence. I started DJ-ing 13 years before Chinese Man. So, it’s been a long journey. I used to do multiple things since my childhood, actually. I used to act, dance and even did a stint as a comedian. I was also part of a circus once!
High Ku: I was a rapper for many years. I even had a hip-hop band a long time ago. We were terrible. *laughs*
SLY: I grew up to a lot of fusion music. So, I started on the same along with hip-hop and a little bit of metal.
How did you decide on calling yourself Chinese Man?
Mateo: Haha. People really think there’s this huge story behind this. “Why would a French collective call themselves Chinese Man?,” they think. I wish I could give them an interesting answer but the truth is that it just randomly happened.
High Ku: Yeah, the three of us got together and we were randomly having some conversation about random things and someone said Chinese Man and we decided to just call ourselves that. Pretty anti-climactic, eh? Haha.
Yes, but at least your music isn’t. You’ve worked extensively on vinyl and have released most of your EPs on vinyl. What makes you particularly fond of the medium?
Mateo: The sound, hands down. Nothing compares. When we started out, there were no players and digital technology like there are today. Most DJs only used vinyl and that worked great for us because we made more and more copies on vinyl for them. Consequently, we released our EPs for the audience on vinyl, too.