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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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: 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 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: 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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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: 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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