Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Gene Hunt!

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with Gene Hunt!

I had a chance to speak with Gene Hunt about starting in the business at such a young age, what it was like to be mentored by legends, and what the future holds for him now.  I hope you enjoy this insightful and in-depth interview full of house history.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ Ceez & Niki Gee

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with DJ Ceez & Niki Gee

I recently had a chance to speak with Producer/ DJ Ceez and Spoken Word Recording Artist, Niki Gee about their newest single, Be Her, their other collaborations and what makes them such a great team!

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Sean Ali

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Sean Ali

DeShawn Ali, better known as DJ Sean Ali in the world of House Music, is a DJ/Producer and Label Owner.   He is also highly respected by his peers as well because he has taken his craft to new heights and he is constantly expanding and giving back the way others gave to him. 

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Julius the Mad Thinker

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Julius the Mad Thinker

Julius the Mad Thinker is a dynamic producer and International DJ talent. Since the age of 17, Julius has worn many hats while distinguishing himself in the dance music industry. He is a true visionary with infectious energy and amazing music. His reputation for uniting music communities and launching premiere DJ music events has attracted worldwide acceptance and respect. Julius’ most recent production to gain international awareness is Mi Casa Holiday (MCH). In 2009, Julius and business partner Jenn Hurst bridged DJ entertainment with unique travel concepts to co-found and form MCH. In 2012, MCH achieved sold-out status. Approaching its 10th season, MCH is a destination event of choice for international travel, leisure, and music enthusiasts in the know.  In March of 2017, He released his debut album, “Perspective.  I recently had a chance to speak with him about his career, Mi Casa Holiday, his Album and upcoming projects. 

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ Val

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ Val

DJ VAL has been recognized an honored by the Architects of House as one of the 100 most influential DJs in the Chicago House Music scene between 1975 and 1995. Val plays a wide variety of genres to include EDM, house and whatever it takes to move a crowd. She is most likely the only DJ in the world to have held three consecutive 16 plus years Club residencies. Cadillac Jacks 16 years, Marianna’s 17 years & Studio 31 17 years. Along with her successful DJ career, she has owned her own Internet Radio Station. (courtesy of DJVal.com) She's a legend with a career that spans over 40 years.  I was thrilled to speak with her about her incredible career in house music.

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Chicago Spotlight: The Young Guns

Chicago Spotlight: The Young Guns

Thanksgiving night holds a special treat for Chicago.  The Chosen Few DJ’s present, “The Giving “with special guests, Young Guns.  This is a special event as it features two rising stars in the house music scene; 11 year old DJ Marcellus from Chicago and 16 year old DJ Ameer from New Jersey. 

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Dawn Tallman: Ministering Through The Music

Dawn Tallman: Ministering Through The Music

Known as the Queen of Gospel Energy, Recording Artist and Song Writer, Dawn Tallman is a gifted singer with an anointed voice.  Her voice has been heard across dance floors around the world.  Full of love, high energy, and positivity, she is able to uplift and encourage while making you dance.  I was thrilled to be able to chat with Dawn about the messages in her music, her career and her impact on the House and Dance Music Scene. 

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation With Steve "Miggedy" Maestro

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation With Steve "Miggedy" Maestro

Born & raised in Chicago through two Belizean parents, Steve’s musical journey started at birth through osmosis. His journey marks are with vinyl, instruments and action. His humble musical beginnings included guitar & piano lessons & choirs until the Hot Mix 5 and Prince came into his life. Striving to do both produce & DJ, he started his professional DJ career spinning in Army base clubs on and off post while serving. He also played guitar, bass, keys & drums in many bands during his military career until he came back to Chicago. Steve landed a mix show jock position in the fall of 1993 on Chicago’s #1 station, WGCI. By mixing smooth blends of House, Old School, Hip Hop, R&B & Reggae, Steve quickly became a household name. Since then he has gone on to mixing for syndicated powerhouse Super Radio, Tom Joyner & Doug Banks, doing production & remixes for Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Joe Smooth, DJ Kool, Janet Jackson, Erick Sermon, Tyrese, George Clinton and Faith Evans.  He started his record label, MMP Records, through another Chicago DJ Raphael, by selling his instrumental downtempo R&B tracks on CD for local dancers. Since then he has produced U.K. soul siren Julie Dexter’s full-length album, “New Again” on Ketch-A-Vibe Records, released the “Bop Padow” EP on Unified Records, “Happy Place” EP on House4Life Records and the Julie Dexter “Make You Dance” EP with Vick Lavender’s Sophisticado Records. It wasn’t until he released “Tribe Deep” on Void Digital Music when he met & partnered with Jerry C. King; CEO of Kingdom Music Digital Group.  I recently had a chance to talk to Steve about his career as a DJ, Producer, Remixer, Radio personality and Label Owner.  We had a chance to talk about his longevity, his thoughts on the music and the Chicago House Scene.

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Chicago Spotlight: Chic and Soulful... A Conversation with Sheree Hicks

Chicago Spotlight: Chic and Soulful... A Conversation with Sheree Hicks

Sheree Hicks is known for her vocal ability, arrangements, and writing skills. She has been in the industry professionally for over 17 years. Her personal sound is smooth, soulful, and soothing to the ear.  Sheree likes working with producers and writers who ride the same wavelength and If the chemistry is right, it makes for some beautiful and memorable music. I recently had a chance to talk with Sheree about her career and her newest release and venture into the owner of ChicSoulMusic, her record label.

Sheree Hicks is known for her vocal ability, arrangements, and writing skills. She has been in the industry professionally for over 17 years. Her personal sound is smooth, soulful, and soothing to the ear.  Sheree likes working with producers and writers who ride the same wavelength and If the chemistry is right, it makes for some beautiful and memorable music. I recently had a chance to talk with Sheree about her career and her newest release and venture into the owner of ChicSoulMusic, her record label.

 

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ Emmaculate

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ Emmaculate

Growing up in the Chicago area, Emmaculate was exposed to the sounds of Classic House & Disco as a young teen. That along with the Golden Era of Hip Hop steered him into DJ'ing and producing tracks in 1990. Emmaculate has been fortunate to rub shoulders with many of the legends of Chicago House Music, giving him an invaluable education. He is a partner in the Aid to the SouLLess label, along with Julius the Mad Thinker, and a Mi Casa Holiday alumni. His sounds are eclectic... sometimes hard, acidic, dreamy, jazzy, funky, & soulful... a cosmic slop of organic technology.

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Making your Sunday’s Great Again: A Conversation with Grammy Nominated Producer/DJ/Label Owner, Terry Hunter

Making your Sunday’s Great Again: A Conversation with Grammy Nominated Producer/DJ/Label Owner, Terry Hunter

Terry Hunter is a staple in the Chicago House Music Scene. He is the Grammy nominated producer and owner of T’s Box Records and produces songs for some of the top artists in the industry. You can hear his sound on songs Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Raheem Devaughn, Chantay Savage, Terisa Griffin and many more.   A member of Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs, he is sought after around the world as a DJ and producer.  Terry has several projects in the works, including House ‘N HD with Mike Dunn, Imagine No Music and Chosen Few Artist Management.   I had a chance to talk with Terry about his latest event, Soul-Frica Sundays, a new weekly residence at Renaissance Bronzeville in Chicago.

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Chicago Spotlight: Chicago Born with Ron Carroll

Chicago Spotlight: Chicago Born with Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll is a Chicago DJ, Singer, Songwriter, Label Owner, remixer and producer who has played all around the world.   He is House Music’s “Renaissance Man”.  He’s worked with some of the industry’s best producers and Djs.  Known for his signature singing style like a preacher earned him the nickname “Minister of Sound”.   He has written and performed on some of the biggest hits in House Music and although his music is global, he never forgets his Chicago Roots.    I recently had a chance to speak with Ron Carroll about his career, the state of the Chicago Music Scene and his most recent project, Chicago Born. 

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Chicago Spotlight: Craig Loftis-A Pioneer with A Purpose

Chicago Spotlight: Craig Loftis-A Pioneer with A Purpose

This week it was my pleasure to interview, House Pioneer, Craig Loftis.  Craig is a jack of all trades; DJ, remixer, Designer, Sound Engineer and now club owner. Having been part of the House Scene from inception, he carries a wealth of knowledge, history and memories.   I recently had a moment to speak with him about his career, his new venture as club owner, house music and its future.

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Chicago Spotlight: 5 Questions with DJ Cheez

Chicago Spotlight:  5 Questions with DJ Cheez

Known for his parties, it is no secret that DJ Cheez is doing big things by hosting events with both local and international talent giving that universal, intimate, social, dancing experience literally in his own backyard and other venues.  I had a chance to chat with Cheez about his vision and his views on the Chicago House scene and more.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ 50Millz

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ 50Millz

DJ 50 Millz is one of the most versatile DJs on the scene. Though his first love his Chicago Style House Music, his DJ resume includes many successful Jamaican, hip hop and steppers events.  I recently had an opportunity to talk to him about his career, balancing corporate responsibilities with his DJ career and the future.

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Chicago Spotlight: 5 Questions with Chosen Few DJ, Alan King (Chosen Few Festival Series Finale)

Chicago Spotlight:  5 Questions with Chosen Few DJ, Alan King (Chosen Few Festival Series Finale)

Known as a “lawyer by day, DJ by night”, Alan King is a Chicago House Music DJ and one of the members of The Chosen Few DJs.  I jokingly refer to him as the “Clark Kent” of the Chicago House music scene.  He brilliantly balances his job as a lawyer and DJ and excels at both.  I recently had an opportunity to pose Alan with 5 questions about this year’s Chosen Few Festival, the changes to the festival, the lessons learned and what festival goers can expect for the 2017 event.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ/Producer, Hula Mahone

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with DJ/Producer, Hula Mahone

Hula Mahone is a Chicago DJ, Producer, Remixer and Entrepreneur who has been a part of the Chicago Music Scene for over two decades.  His contributions to House music and to Chicago House Culture are undeniable and his success has crossed musical genres. I was able to chat with Hula about his career, House Music and Culture and his upcoming guest DJ appearance at this year’s Chosen Few Festival!

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ/Remixer, Steve Maxwell

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with DJ/Remixer, Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell, Chicago South Side East native, is a DJ/remixer whose star is rising in the Chicago House scene.  He likes to say he started his deejaying around 1980-81. Having his skills inherited from his brother Jerome Maxwell who Dj’d parties with Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Bryon Brayme, Jesse Sanders and Wayne Williams. Before ever touching a set of turntable he started remixing disco and R&B mixes which was known as “pause button” remixing.I recently got a chance to speak with Steve about his love of house music, house culture and his rising status on the Chicago house scene.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with "The Discopoet, KhariB"

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with "The Discopoet, KhariB"

This week on the spotlight, I’m pleased to chat with artist, Khari B also known as The Discopoet.   Khari B. is a spoken word musician and educator working internationally as both a performer and instructor in the literary arts. With a reputation for delivering powerful performances with intense instrumental accompaniment, Khari B.'s energetic nature is inextricably tied to growing up in Chicago's House music scene and being the son of two educators, one being acclaimed woodwindist, Mwata Bowden.  His inspirational and mentally rousing work has been requested across the globe, staking out a place in the hearts of audiences and appealing to a diversity of fans spanning multiple ages and ethnicities.  He has a reputation for delivering powerful performances with intense instrumental accompaniment.

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