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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More