Gaston, half of Chocolate Puma duo, announce he quits touring

"Being forced to be at home like the rest of my fellow DJ’s made me think about my life. It felt like a tipping point for me."

Chocolate Puma
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With a touching message released on Chocolate Puma‘s social network, half of the duo, Gaston Steenkist, has announced he will stop to tour as Chocolate Puma to focus on his family and music production.

The full message can be read below:

Dear friends,
Some time ago I made one of the hardest decisions ever; I will stop touring.
A lot has happened in my personal life since the beginning of this pandemic, both sad and beautiful things. Being forced to be at home like the rest of my fellow DJ’s made me think about my life. It felt like a tipping point for me.
I feel very privileged that I was given the opportunity to travel the world and play for you guys. I feel very grateful and humbled that so many of you enjoyed our music. But in the end I felt the crazy tour life has taken a heavy toll on me, both mentally and physically. I have realized that being at home with my loved ones and being in a more quiet and structured environment made me a happier and healthier person.
Although I undoubtedly will miss seeing your faces, feeding off of your energy and experiencing our music on dance floors, I’m also very much looking forward to spend more time being creative in the studio. Having the time to dive deeper, to be the total producer nerd, to explore new paths. To take Chocolate Puma to the next level.
For those of you who loved to come and dance to our sets, rest assured; René can’t wait to DJ again, to play our music and to represent Chocolate Puma on stages around the world. This is a new chapter in our career of 30 years, and to be honest we’re both very daunted, but excited and inspired!
Gaston