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  • Paul Riley

CHKLZ: Uniting the World, One Groove at a Time



In the pulsating landscape of modern music, where beats reign supreme and melodies morph into moments, there emerges a duo that defies conventions and embraces a philosophy rooted in joy, inclusivity, and the love for a small, white dog named Charlie. Meet CHKLZ, the unstoppable force behind a movement that transcends genres, borders, and expectations.


At the heart of CHKLZ lies a story as extraordinary as it is uplifting. It all began with a chance encounter on a scorching Fourth of July at the bustling intersection of 16th St and I-10 in downtown Phoenix. DJ iLL Choppo and LeMarshawn Jean stumbled upon a small, white dog named Charlie, hidden beneath a truck, seemingly lost in the chaos of the city. Rescued from adversity, Charlie—quickly dubbed "Chuckles"—became more than just a pet; he became the inspiration, the muse, and the guiding light for what would become CHKLZ.


The ethos of CHKLZ is one of inclusivity and belonging, a celebration of diversity that extends far beyond the confines of music. With their upbeat, fun-loving nature, DJ iLL Choppo and LeMarshawn Jean have crafted a sound that is as infectious as it is distinctive. Drawing on DJ iLL Choppo's two decades of experience as a touring drummer, CHKLZ seamlessly blends live instrumentation with electronic beats, creating a sonic tapestry that is both rich and exhilarating.


Their genre-defying sound, which they affectionately term "Groove Fiesta," is a testament to their commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new sonic landscapes. Each performance is a journey, a fusion of rhythms and melodies that unfold in real-time, propelled by the spontaneous energy that defines CHKLZ.


But perhaps what truly sets CHKLZ apart is their unwavering dedication to their fans and the communities they serve. In the spirited community of 'Doggies,' where being a fan is more than just cheering from the sidelines—it's about embracing a profound sense of unity and belonging—CHKLZ stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration. From the packed rooms of their electrifying live shows to the vibrant online community they've cultivated, CHKLZ invites fans and newcomers alike to join in on the 'Pawesomeness' that defines their journey.


Their meteoric rise to fame, marked by accolades such as the Best Dance Artist 2023 by the Phoenix New Times, is a testament to the power of perseverance and the transformative nature of music. From touring across the USA, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and Costa Rica to remixing hits like Okilly Dokilly's "White Wine Spritzer," CHKLZ continues to push the boundaries of what is possible, bridging the gap between genres and cultures with each electrifying beat.


But perhaps the true measure of CHKLZ's success lies not in the accolades or the miles traveled, but in the connections they forge and the communities they inspire. As they continue to tour and produce, the spirit of Chuckles remains ever-present, a reminder of the transformative power of music and the profound connections it fosters.


In a world where division seems to be the norm, CHKLZ stands as a beacon of hope, a reminder that, no matter our differences, we are all united by the universal language of music. So, as they continue on their unstoppable journey, spreading joy and 'Pawesomeness' wherever they go, let us join hands and dance to the rhythm of CHKLZ, for in their music, we find unity, we find belonging, and, most importantly, we find ourselves.



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