Trying to listen to new music in China is a real hassle. Thanks to a ban on sites like SoundCloud, iTunes and Spotify, the only way Chace could get his hands on it was by accessing the country’s “super illegal” music sites. But that wasn’t the only issue the 18-year-old producer faced growing up. He also had to convince his parents to let him drop out of school to pursue DJing and producing. “The plan was to get a college degree, but I fell in love with the DJing scene,” he explains. “I threw the idea to my parents and at first it was a hard ‘no’. We went back and forth for half a year on this topic.”
A talented drummer from an early age, Chace, born Zhu Yihan, was touring with his dad’s band, playing funk and soul, by the time he was four, and started attending the Shanghai Conservatory of Music when he was 10. While the initial intention was to one day turn professional, over the next seven years his musical interests would drift from drumming to production.
At first making acapella covers, he eventually moved into dance music after discovering Swedish House Mafia on the illegal music sites. “There was this energy around their music,” he tells us. “It was the first time I was introduced to dance music and I became obsessed.”