Whether they’re billed as Zki and Dobre, The Good Men, or just Rene et Gaston, Chocolate Puma’s many monikers are synonymous with consistency and longevity in the dance music industry. Formed in 1991, the duo has been involved in the production and performance of electronic music for more than two decades. Starting with humble beginnings in The Netherlands, Gaston Steenkist and René ter Horst founded their own record label Fresh Fruit Records in 1992, and a year later recorded their first original production, the world-renown “Give It Up”. The track topped the US Dance Charts at #1 and still holds prominence to this day, with countless samples and remixes over the years. Although the hugely successful tune may have its musical roots in Dutch house music, Chocolate Puma have produced all sorts of electronic music since that first record, including techno, future house and breakbeat.
More recently, Chocolate Puma have been getting buzz for their growing relationship with the world’s longest-standing house music record label, Defected Records. In 2010 the duo released “Tonco Tone” on that imprint and it soon hit #1 on Beatport. A year later, the duo was asked to create a House Masters compilation for the record label, something they considered an enormous honor as well as a professional accomplishment. Just after that milestone, Pete Tong from BBC Radio 1 named “One More Time”, their 2012 collaboration with Firebeatz, his Essential New Tune. Their meteoric rise hasn’t slowed down in the slightest for the Gaston and René since that sensational 36 months, though. The past couple of years have been very busy Steenkist and Horst as DJs; their jam-packed tour schedules include dozens of performances in the United States, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and their home country of Holland.
Chocolate Puma bring their internationally celebrated house music sounds to Cielo on Thursday, June 4th for a raucous installment of Dance.Here.Now.. Proost!