A DJ Committed to Service... Nick Non-Stop

A DJ Committed to Service... Nick Non-Stop

The Word “Service” is often used by DJs in the industry as a description of what they give to their audiences.  Nick Nicholson (DJ Nick Nonstop) is a DJ, Producer and Sound Engineer who delivers service not only to his audiences but to his community.   I had a chance to talk with DJ Nick Non-Stop about his career, his passion for sharing his knowledge with the youth, his love of the craft and playing the Hyde Park Brew Fest this year.

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A Conversation with the Team Behind the "Summer House Series" at Pier 31

A Conversation with the Team Behind the "Summer House Series" at Pier 31

Black Widow Sits down with the Team Behind the Summer House Series at Pier 31

There are moments when you know it’s officially #SummertimeChi! The Summer House Series at Pier 31 is definitely one of them.  People pack the Pier 31 cafe each and every Thursday after work to enjoy great music, positive people and the warm breeze against the beautiful Chicago Skyline.  I had a chance to sit down with the team behind the Summer House Series, Promoters Ronda Flowers and Robert “Koko” Walker, DJ Nick Non-Stop and DJ Torin Edmond to talk about Chicago Summers, the vision behind the Summer House Series and how they love to host one of the premier summer events in the City.  

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The Evolution of Jon Pierce

The Evolution of Jon Pierce

He's worked with Terry Hunter, Louie Vega, Sean Ali, and Ralf Gum just to name a few.  His single “Never” is a fan favorite and his artistry is heard on dance floors all across the world.  With a new single from T’s Box Records debuting soon, I had a chance to speak with Jon Pierce about his journey, his latest project and his vision for his future.

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A Conversation with The Nu Bang Clan

A Conversation with The Nu Bang Clan

Nu Bang is a Collective with members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan.  This year, they inducted DJs Deb Graham, Nini Juliano, Ricky French, Daniell Spencer and Demetrious Orr into their organization.

I had a chance to speak with a few of the new members and veteran NuBang member, Greg Gray, about their careers and what it means to join this worldwide collective. Check out my interview with the newest members of Nu Bang today.

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A Conversation with Ian Friday

A Conversation with Ian Friday

Ian Friday is an audio/visual curator who explores and exhibits cultural traditions and histories of people from the African diaspora. Founder of Global Soul Music, Ian produces music that archive and uncover ongoing black musical cultures connecting house, soul, Afro beat, jazz and world music. As Associate Director of The Colored Girls Museum Ian assists in developing programming and creates marketing for the museum's social media platforms. The histories of people from African descent have been passed down through the ages primarily through oral tradition. Music and art serve as conduits to deepening our understanding of those narratives.

I had a chance to chat with Ian Friday about his career, artistic endeavors and why community means so much to him.

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A Conversation with Jamie 3:26!!!

A Conversation with Jamie 3:26!!!

There is a reason they call him “The Beast”. 

Hailing from the Beverly area on the South Side of Chicago, Jamie 3:26 has garnered recognition in his own right as a master selector capable of lighting any dance floor on fire. Driven by the deep desire to make people to lose themselves in the dance and forget their problems, Jamie keeps his irons burning hot. He always seeks out new and fresh sounds. It could be an overlooked gem from 30 years ago or a new jam and as long as it has a great groove, he’s interested. Anyone who has seen Jamie 3:26 play, can testify to the effect he has on a dancefloor – he is a true force of nature.

I caught up with Jamie during a recent return to Chicago and chatted with him about his career, his future and his love of music and world experiences.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Duane Powell

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with Duane Powell

Thousands of people are glued to his social media pages for his updates on music, as well as his knowledgeable tributes to the greats in music history. (Courtesy of duanepowell.com) I had a chance to chat with Duane about his love of music and his appreciation of the culture of house music.

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Chicago Spotlight: The Tables Turn...Mike Dunn and Terry Hunter interview Black Widow!

Chicago Spotlight:  The Tables Turn...Mike Dunn and Terry Hunter interview Black Widow!

What happens when the tables are turned and the interviewer becomes the interviewee?  Check out the Chicago Spotlight with Spoken Word recording artist, Black Widow. Today she is interviewed by her producers, Grammy Nominated DJ Producer, Terry Hunter and Chosen Few DJ, Mike Dunn. 

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with DJ Lil John

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with DJ Lil John

DJ LIL' JOHN™ is without question one of Chicago's most well-known DJs. Millions of listeners have heard his "hands do the talking", as he has mixed a variety of music on-the-air for almost three decades!! From the college radio station WKKC 89.3fm (1980's), summer guest spots on the Top 40 powerhouse WBBM 96.3fm (1990's), to the Midwest's #1 urban station WGCI 107.5fm (2001-2009), and syndication on the infamous CORE DJs™ Radio Show on 30-40 radio stations nationwide. He even had a mix-show slot on a station in Bermuda (Hott 107.5fm) for a couple of years!!  Nationally (and internationally), DJ LIL' JOHN™ has been blazing the airwaves and rocking the crowds in San Francisco, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and more. From spinning onstage with R&B legend Charlie Wilson to political events for 1st Lady Michelle Obama, from local high schools to the concert halls & sports stadiums, you've heard the signature sound of DJ LIL' JOHN™ !   I had a chance to talk to DJ Lil John about his career and maintaining his longevity in this scene.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Russoul

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with Russoul

Russell Pike Jr., also known as Russoul, discovered music production at the age of 13. After graduating Cum Laude in music from Clark Atlanta University, he realized that he was fortunate to be granted the opportunity to learn to play on all instruments. After receiving a publishing deal, Russoul took his advance and used it to purchase his own recording equipment. This multitalented student of music would stay up day and night creating, singing, and recording in an effort to bring to fruition different ideas.  I sat down with him to talk about his musical career, the lessons he’s learned, his many talents and future goals and plans.  Today I’m pleased to bring you my interview with the multi-talented artist known as Russoul.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Chicago DJ, Torin Edmond

Chicago Spotlight:  A Conversation with Chicago DJ, Torin Edmond

Growing up in Chicago, Torin was influenced by the House music scene. Beginning as a DJ in the early eighties, Torin was introduced to House Music in its infancy, and has grown with it ever since. He’s held several different residencies around the city at clubs like, Red Dog, Sinibar, Subterranean, Dark Room, Chant and Bassline and successfully ran the legendary Deep House Page.  Today on the Chicago Spotlight, I talk to Torin about his career, DHP, his future and how he’s managed to maintain consistency in the house music scene. 

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Chicago Spotlight: Angel-A

Chicago Spotlight: Angel-A

Angel-A delivers an extensive package of soul-stirring, heart pounding liberated music.  A native Detroiter, currently residing in Chicago, she is a musical force to be reckoned with.  Few producers, songwriters or vocalists in this time dare to embrace pure form and express messages of substance to a wider audience. Angel-A creates a cool space for listeners to experience.  These days Angel-A continues her journey as a producer performing with a jazz band or teaming up with DJ/artist/ producers like Tony Humphries, Vick Lavender,  Roy Davis Jr., Stephanie Cooke, Tony Loreto, Jose Carretas to name a few.  I recently chatted with Angel-A to talk about her career, new music, and 2018 goals.

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Chicago Spotlight: The Love & Lust Live DJs

Chicago Spotlight:  The Love & Lust Live DJs

Dee Jay Alicia decided to bring her mixes to life and called some of the best DJs known for their soulful and sexy style to serve as the musical conductors for the evening, D’Vine One DJs, Mz. Nicky D’Vine and Kris “Jus” Denson and Arise Radio and Rhythm Factory’s own, Steve Maxwell, each handpicked by Dee Jay Alicia because of the passion and emotion they express through their music.   Together, they set the tone for a love filled evening full of sensual sounds. 

The event was so successful they decided to do it again.  I recently joined them for an evening of laughter, music and cocktails to talk to them about this event and their incredible musical chemistry.

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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Tortured Soul

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Tortured Soul

Before DJs evolved into global superstars, musicians carried the baton. The Brooklyn-based dance trio Tortured Soul isn't trying to intently rewrite the logic of today's EDM with the sweat of their own musicianship, but they are living proof that the very same music can be freed from the DJ booth. Influenced by the classic song craft of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & the Gang, the members of Tortured Soul are three distinctive guys with three different backgrounds, united under a groove-centered rhythm. The band's front man and principal songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery, while the rest of the collective, made up of keyboardist Isamu MacGregor and bassist Jordan Scannella, virtuosically generate the pulsating accompaniment. I was able to chat with the band's front man and principal songwriter, John-Christian Urich via phone from Los Angeles about the groups’ history, their creative process and his love for Chicago.

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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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