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PA Elements #014 – Chicola @ The Bow || 07-04-2018

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An illustrious career stretching over two decades, Chico Shuella has become one of Israel’s most respected and sought after artists. Operating under his Chicola production moniker, Shuella transformed the underground house scene in his homeland with domestic residencies at the likes of “Haomann 17”. Coupled with an early production career that saw successful releases on US imprints, Tommy Boy and KTA, Chicola witnessed a rapid rise in the post-millennium years.

A decade later, a passion for the underground sound, saw Chicola move back into the production arena as part of the vibrant Israeli scene that included close friends, Khen, Sahar Z and Guy Mantzur. 2013/14 saw the release of hugely successful EPs for Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat and Guy J’s Lost & Found, as additional work for Plattenbank in 2015 found personal favour in Sasha’s ‘rekordbox’. Further platinum support came from Digweed, Tenaglia and Dubfire. Moreover, gigs across the globe in Europe and Israel lit up Guy J’s sold out Lost & Found parties including appearances at Holland’s ADE in 2014 & 15 and a London performance with Nick Warren.

2016’s continued assault resulted in No. 1 status in Lost & Found’s Beatport sales charts for “Childhood”, supported by Dixon, Ame, Guy J and Cattaneo, while prolific output across microCastle, Plattenbank and Tenampa saw sustained Beatport top 10 chart success. Simultaneously, a plethora of sold out gigs across Argentina and India, in Buenos Aries, Mumbai and Goa, plus events in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and his Tel Aviv hometown, ensured Chicola continued status as one of the underground industry’s leading lights.

Already receiving a No. 1 Beatport Progressive House hit with the “Yoav” EP in October 2017 on Lost & Found, the year culminated in a debut full-length album for Guy J’s label. “Could Be Heaven” thus signaled significant success in November 2017. A No. 1 best-seller in Beatport’s Electronica charts saw Chicola simultaneously reach the No. 2 and 3 spots in Progressive House and Techno respectively, while blue chip support for the Israeli’s 12-track magnum opus has come from Nicole Moudaber, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and fellow countryman, Guy Mantzur. Moreover, given exclusive access to album material, the renowned German duo, Tale Of Us championed “Backstabber” for the duration of their summer residency at Ibiza’s “Privilege”.

Taking “Could Be Heaven” across the globe, an album tour has seen Chicola recently return from Hungary, Estonia and Malta with additional gigs already lined up in the Netherlands, Russia, Cyprus, Argentina, India and beyond. Racking up the air miles, Chicola’s performances behind the decks continue to mesmerise club goers across the world alongside performances for the renowned “When We Dip” and “Dancing Astronauts”.

The culmination of years of hard work and dancefloor know-how, the underground experiment continues with Chicola’s place in dance music’s laboratory yielding nothing but positive results and aural gold and a 24-carat future assured.

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