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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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: 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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Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Artist, Jon Pierce

Chicago Spotlight: A Conversation with Artist, Jon Pierce

He's worked withTerry 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.  His first EP is the poetic rhythms titled “The Love Take Over”, which is a vibrant and up-tempo dance collection produced by Chicago-based DJ Sean Ali for Sounds of Ali Recordings. Already a fan favorite, this project is a true testament to Jon’s vocal capabilities and the authenticity of his unique sound.

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Jon about his career and creative process and his future.

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CHICAGO SPOTLIGHT: THE MOTHERS OF HOUSE!

CHICAGO SPOTLIGHT: THE MOTHERS OF HOUSE!

This is Mother’s Day weekend and I wanted to bring a celebration of mothers to Black Widow Music with the Mothers of House. The brainchild of DJ Ike Williams, the Mother’s of House is a celebration in honor of mothers happening this Saturday night featuring DJ Lady D, Mz. Nicky and Dee Jay Alicia.  Each one of these women are celebrated dj’s and mothers. I sat down with them at the beginning of the week over wine and an incredible meal prepared by DJ Brett Morrison, to talk to them about their journey, their careers, the ups and downs of the industry and how they balance work and family.

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