I remember dancing to Chez and Al Miller on Saturday nights at the Music Institute when I was still a fan in the late 80s. It was Greg Collier at Todd's, then off to M.I. for after hours. Chez was always a positive force. Detroit could get evil at times, but Chez was always cool, humble and all about his House Music.
I find his challenge interesting, too. I've got a couple of young producers I'm helping out, as well. Not as easy as it sounds, though, as many up-and-comers have this entitled attitude that they're already stars. But every so often a guy comes along whose tracks are hot, yet he's humble, and deserves the help getting his music/self out there. Trying to do my part.
Really great hearing this from someone who has been at the top for such a long time. However, while others who were there say otherwise, seeing him at Panoramabar late last year was extremely uninspiring. He seemed very uninterested (possibly granted given travel schedules etc, but I'd find it pretty hard to be uninspired by Panoramabar on a Sunday evening) and the first hour or so of his set had some absolute trainwrecks (this coming from someone who is very liberal towards mixing - even my girlfriend was taken aback).
This isn't meant to be a rant (ok maybe a little bit), more so just expressing disappointment the sentiment from the interview wasn't really on show that night