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: 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: 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 "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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