Chris Dececio is a DJ, producer and a writer. This talented artist is the mastermind behind Bellatrax, and has taken the world by storm with hits such as â€œI Will Never Give You Upâ€, â€œI Canâ€™t Help Myselfâ€, â€œCanâ€™t Hold Backâ€. He has also done remixes on tracks such as Kylie Minogueâ€™s â€œBetter Than Todayâ€, Ferry Corstenâ€™s â€œWhateverâ€ and so many more. From the looks of it Bellatrax is not going anywhere but up! We had a chance to catch up with this dance music all star and here is what he had to say.
Dayanna Guerrero: First of all Chris, we want to congratulate you in your success. The past few years have been tremendous for you and itâ€™s really great to get to interview the man behind the music.
Bellatrax: Thanks very much!
Dayanna Guerrero: Youâ€™re not only a DJ, but youâ€™re also a writer and a producer. Is there anything that you donâ€™t do and would like to take on? i.e. will you be doing any vocals? 😉
Bellatrax: Good question. I have no intention of taking on singing. Trust me, you wouldnâ€™t wanna hear that. I have been getting into writing toplines for other artists though recently. Iâ€™ve just written a couple of things for EDXâ€™s label in Switzerland for example.
Dayanna Guerrero: You were originally asked by Ferry Corsten to remix the song â€œWhateverâ€. What was it like for you when you heard the news that Ferry Corsten wanted you to do this remix for him?
Bellatrax: It was an honour to remix Ferryâ€™s track. I was actually asked to do a trance remix under my trance alias Redd Square, but as I wanted to start up a new house project, I took the opportunity to do a Bellatrax remix as well. I was very pleased when I heard both of my remixes being played by Judge Jules on Radio 1 shortly after!
Dayanna Guerrero: You produced â€œI Canâ€™t Help Myselfâ€, â€œI Will Never Give You Upâ€ and so many other great songs and remixes. Whatâ€™s the process like on getting projects like this going and how long does it generally take you to get these songs finalized?
Bellatrax: My first Bellatrax single â€œI Cant Help Myselfâ€ actually took quite a long time from creation to hitting the radio. Possibly around a year. It doesnâ€™t usually take me any more than a week or so to write and record a track, but then you have to wait for co-writerâ€™s to write a good song for it, which may not be the first one that is written.Â Recording the vocal is usually fairly quick. Then you have to find and choose a label if there isnâ€™t already a deal in place. Then wait for remixes to be produced, club/radio promotion, then finally release. I am currently managing myself so I have to split my time between being creative, and handling the business side.
Dayanna Guerrero: Youâ€™re a producer, a DJ, and a writer. Is there any particular job that you feel you tend to lean towards more?
Bellatrax: I love doing all three. They are all satisfying in different ways and gives me some variety. I get a real buzz when writing/producing a track in the studio when everything is working out and sounding good. On the other hand, I love seeing people enjoy music when Iâ€™m djâ€™ing at a club, especially if itâ€™s something that Iâ€™ve made! That it a very satisfying feeling. I sometimes feel I can only truly express myself through music.
Dayanna Guerrero: For your song â€œCanâ€™t Hold Backâ€ you teamed up with Tina Cousins. Before this, she made a song with 4 Strings called â€œCuriousâ€ did you find out about her through this song?
Bellatrax: I knew about Tina since she had a hit record with Sash, called â€œMysterious Timesâ€. I bought a copy on orange coloured vinyl! With that track, I was actually sent the vocal first by a co-writer friend Tom Kent who had been working with Tina and had recorded it. So I wrote the track to fit the vocal. I love Tinaâ€™s voice on that track.
Dayanna Guerrero: You have a podcast that can be accessed free on iTunes, could you tell us more about it?
Bellatrax: Yeah I wanted to do a regular dj mix to showcase the best new house music around for anyone to download. Itâ€™s easy to find, just do a search for Bellatrax on iTunes.Â I get sent a lot of good new music so if you want to be one of the first to hear new tracks make sure you subscribe!
Dayanna Guerrero: Youâ€™ve worked with Sophia May on â€œI Canâ€™t Help Myselfâ€ & â€œI Will Never Give You Up“, both of which have been very successful. Is it safe to say that you will be working with Sophia May again?
Bellatrax: Sophia has a really nice voice and is a talented girl so I expect we shall be working on more in future!
Dayanna Guerrero: What sparked the transition from Redd Square, your trance alter ego, to the more house friendly Bellatrax?
Bellatrax: Mainly because I had fallen in love with house music and I wanted to make some!Â I still love trance but I feel like the sceneâ€™s evolution has slowed down since it has gone so underground. Nowadays I can combine the things I love about trance and house into one style. For example I have written & produced a very melodic progressive house track called â€œWorld Keeps Turningâ€ with a US artist called Sylvia Tosun that will be released very shortly so watch out for that.
Dayanna Guerrero: I read that you will be coming out with a remix with Jeremy Carr. Could you tell us more about how this came to be and when it will be released?
Bellatrax: Thatâ€™s classified! Only joking, itâ€™s likely that Jeremy and I will be collaborating on my next Bellatrax single. Jeremy has a great voice and is a talented writer so Iâ€™m looking forward to that collab. The best way to keep track of what Iâ€™m doing is by following me on twitter, facebook, and soundcloud. Just do a search for Bellatrax on each of them.
Dayanna Guerrero: So Chris, what can fans expect to see from you within the next few months?
Bellatrax: I have been doing quite a few remixes for major labels recently, so you may hear some of those out and about.Â I would like to do more original tracks this year, so hopefully there will be at least a couple of Bellatrax and Obsessiv singles soon. My Obsessiv single with Sophia â€œI Will Never Give You Upâ€ is at no.13 of the UK Upfront Club Chart this week so hopefully that will continue to grow.
Dayanna Guerrero: Thank you so much for the interview and I wish you the best for your career!
Bellatrax: My pleasure. Thanks very much