WBEZ | DJ http://www.wbez.org/tags/dj Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en DJ Incredible Zulk's first Dance Dance Party Party mix of 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/dj-incredible-zulks-first-dance-dance-party-party-mix-2013-104668 <p><div class="image-insert-image ">Last night I DJ&#39;ed the first <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2010/05/dance_dance_party_party_revolu.php">Dance Dance Party Party</a> of 2013, so if you&#39;re feeling blah and gray and want to dance around in your kitchen or office chair, maybe one of these songs will get you going.</div><p>Warmup:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/v9ECW-Dabn0?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/U5rLz5AZBIA?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>I think this song is really cute. It&#39;s about a couple that is in love despite the fact that the guy doesn&#39;t have any money which is sort of an old-timey theme for a song.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xz8wy" width="480"></iframe><br />Thanks to the Spice Girls, I will always have a place in my heart for British girl groups.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zd8lP4YnQNE?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Whenever this song pops up on my running list I get pumped up. It&#39;s so ridiculous and manic and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWhtcU4-xAM">the official music video</a> is only thing that ever really makes me want to live in New York.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/imWnuirIL8o?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>I had two dancey-related Talking Heads moments last year: First was at my friend Tracy&#39;s wedding when the DJ played &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzORu1dqEE0">Life During Wartime</a>&quot; and the second was when I watched &quot;Stop Making Sense&quot; and I knew I had to throw some in my next playlist. This is of course an homage to the baby, who is <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zulkey/8328577066/in/photostream">cute cute as a button</a>.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GUZCV95SCXE?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>I was not allowed to have a beeper when I was in high school, because they were for drug dealers.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qm8ClRnVxtE?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UpmX4qG1kQg?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Last summer when I was pretty hugely pregnant I participated in a karaoke charity event and sang this song while wearing a little summer dress and I didn&#39;t even it make it to the next round, let alone win, which I am still bitter about. But at least I learned more of the lyrics to this song.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GA27aQZCQMk?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KlyXNRrsk4A?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>This song still makes me happy. You can&#39;t fight City Hall.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6iaR3WO71j4?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>I&#39;m not sure how I came to acquire this song but I like to throw something old like this on my playlists because you can do the most fun dances to songs from the &#39;60&#39;s.</p><p>This song is NOT safe for work:<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45861688" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p>We dance to this song in my WERQ class and so it helps that I have a little routine already built into it. I was worried when I first added it to the playlist that it was too weird and nasty but then when it played I realized that I would have danced to a whole playlist like this.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Fzr2Nv8NTEE?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p>This is nerdy but I read an article in the <em>New Yorker </em>about <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/11/k-pop-escape.html">K-pop</a> and felt compelled to look up all the songs mentioned in the article. This was my favorite because it sounds like Britney Spears and a computer made a baby. I thought it&#39;d be a good palate-cleanser after Lil Wayne.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/g93mz_eZ5N4?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>This video is the best. That is all.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p7qCbC1f9v4?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>If you watch <em>Madagascar 3 </em>(and you should: it&#39;s funny and weird), this song will be in your head all night. It makes me want to dance like an idiot so I thought it&#39;d be a good way to wrap up the cold night.</p><p>Cool down:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a class="my_play my_27" href="http://www.myspace.com/prince/music/songs/she-s-always-in-my-hair-lp-version-30803524" style="display:inline-block;margin:0;padding:0;border:0;width:27px;height:27px;overflow:hidden;text-indent:-9999px;background:url(http://x.myspacecdn.com/modules/common/static/img/playbuttonsprite.png) no-repeat 0 -85px;" title="She's Always In My Hair (LP Version)">She&#39;s Always In My Hair (LP Version)</a><script defer="true" src="http://www.myspace.com/music/buttons/js"></script></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/flickr_dj_is_kyoto_jp.jpg" style="float: right; height: 301px; width: 200px;" title="(Flickr/DJisKyotoJP)" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 08:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/dj-incredible-zulks-first-dance-dance-party-party-mix-2013-104668 The Hood Internet's STV SLV shows off duo's new direction http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/hood-internets-stv-slv-shows-duos-new-direction-100420 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/The Hood Internet Flickr Wexner Center.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>STV SLV, one half of the DJ/production duo <a href="http://www.thehoodinternet.com/">The Hood Internet</a>, stoped by <em>The Interview Show</em> to talk the group&#39;s history, his teenage dancing days and how he and partner ABX are moving beyond the mash-ups they&#39;re known for.</p><p>With a Hood Internet album of original music featuring collaborations from many of their favorite artists coming this fall, STV SLV also showed off the duo&#39;s new direction with a live performance featuring Chicago rapper <a href="http://www.rhymesayers.com/psalmone">Psalm One</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JYCTgUMpXM0" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/hood-internets-stv-slv-shows-duos-new-direction-100420 DJ Incredible Zulk strikes again http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-02-13/dj-incredible-zulk-strikes-again-96338 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/hall and oates.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yesterday I DJ’ed at <a href="http://ddppchicago.wordpress.com/">Dance Dance Party Party</a>. What’s Dance Dance Party Party? Read my writeup about it <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2010/05/dance_dance_party_party_revolu.php">here</a>. I’ve been sick and crappy for about a week now, so the chance to get into a dark room and sweat out the germs with an hour of booty-shaking was really necessary. I was happy that apparently my playlist went over well with the ladies in attendance. For those of you who like to shake it, here are the songs I chose, and why. If DJ'ing a dance party sounds good to you (and you're a woman), check out the "DJ You" tab on the DDPP page and sign up!<br> <br> <strong>“Mesopotamia” B-52s</strong></p><p>You always start off your playlist with a warmup song, just something that gets people moving a little bit. The first dance of DDPP always feels a little bit awkward, since people are still getting into it, so you don’t want to blow your wad on something really big or loud or fast. I like this B-52’s song for having a good beat and bass but being mellow at the same&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymmqisvThhk">time:</a></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ymmqisvThhk" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” Whitney Houston</strong></p><p>I was out to dinner on Saturday night and on the way home got a text from my friend Meghan saying, “You better work some Whitney Houston into your DDPP playlist.” “Uh oh, why?” I asked, and then found out. Poor Whitney. This is probably her most dance-able song, one that used to break my heart a little bit even before she died just because it’s so youthful and optimistic and will always take me back to being eight years old and watching the video and wanting to wear everything she was wearing (especially the red and black skirt). No surprise, this was a big hit when it started playing. Also, when I added this song I had to take one off the playlist, and ended up removing a really dumb Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull song, which I think was the right choice.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eH3giaIzONA" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“Get Up Offa That Thing” James Brown</strong></p><p>A long long time ago I was dining at Ed Debevic’s and this song started playing. The waitstaff jumped up on the counter and started doing a line/step dance to it that will remain, in my head, one of the coolest live performances I’ve ever seen in my life. I love how authoritative Brown is in this song: he’s ordering you to try to release that pressure.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D_oLKupaubo" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“Ooh La La” Goldfrapp</strong></p><p>I think this is one of those kind of songs women secretly imagine they would perform burlesque to, if they did such thing. I love it as a nasty-sounding homage to T. Rex.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uco-2V4ytYQ" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“Your Imagination” Hall &amp; Oates</strong></p><p>Here is what I love about Hall &amp; Oates: I was talking about them with a black friend of mine, who said “White people like Hall &amp; Oates?” to which I said, “Black people like Hall &amp; Oates?” Everyone can get down with Hall &amp; Oates. I wanted to bring the tempo down a little bit with this one. Also, I love the bass line.&nbsp;<br> <br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5ZUW81HO21Q" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><strong>“Viva Las Vegas” Elvis Presley</strong></p><p>This was just a silly little two-minute palate cleanser. I like dancing frantically to it.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uPuKoqu6kMk" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“Body Movin” Beastie Boys</strong></p><p>I don’t have too much to say about this choice. It’s silly and fun like most good Beastie Boys songs. I wish I could find a Youtube clip of the actual album version of the song but the MCA-directed video of the Fatboy Slim remix is always enjoyable.<br> <br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uvRBUw_Ls2o" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“Hot n Cold” Katy Perry&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Another easy dance choice. I like pointing at random things/people during the “You!” shouts in the chorus.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4Ijr3xFdPaM" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“Memories” David Guetta (feat. Kid Cudi)</strong></p><p>I’m obsessed with this song at the moment for some reason, maybe because it sounds like the fever dreams I had last week while I was sick. I just like how dark and relentless it is, plus the synthesizer sample reminds me of “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R795KiMD4zs">Right Here, Right Now</a>” by Fatboy Slim, which takes me back to college and just makes me want to dance more.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NUVCQXMUVnI" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“Big and Bad” Kid Sister</strong><br> <br> This is a fun, silly song that I enjoy pretending I can rap to. I first heard it when I saw the video, and sometimes I wonder if I would like the song as much if it weren’t for the video, which to me is basically an homage to Chicago in the summertime, featuring one of my favorite dining establishments (Superdawg). I also like how the video shows all major Chicago sports team logos except the Cubs. The ladies in the room worked it out to this and shouted along to the “Ay!” in the chorus .</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AbggR1ttM7w" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe><br> <br> <strong>“Spirit in the Sky” Norman Greenbaum&nbsp;</strong></p><p>I threw this in to bring down the temperature/heartbeat a little bit. I’d like to think we all had a religious moment to this song.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AZQxH_8raCI" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><br> <strong>“The Girl and the Robot” Röyksopp feat. Robyn</strong><br> <br> When this came on I wasn’t sure if I made the right choice with it. It’s a little operatic and dramatic for dancing, but that’s also what I like about it, so I just closed my eyes and channeled Robyn, whom I adore.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-EJUCkSMN4k" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe><br> <br> <br> <strong>“Let’s Twist Again” Chubby Checker</strong></p><p>Of course we all know this song, but it was thrown back into my consciousness last year after Billy Eichner (whose show <a href="http://tv.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/arts/television/funny-or-dies-billy-on-the-street-on-fuse-review.html">“Billy on the Street”</a> is so silly and makes me laugh a lot) did a funny bit <a href="http://howwasyourweek.libsyn.com/hwyw-ep-3-a-smiling-bruce-vilanch-how-to-mourn-an-entertainment-legend-the-horrors-of-sam-ash-plus-billy-eichner-on-his-most-hated-celebrities-and-twitter-s-megan-amram-on-her-glee-audition-">on Julie Klausner’s podcast about how mad he is at Chubby Checker for coming on his workout playlist all the time and exhorting him to twist again</a>. Anyway, Billy did some reverse psychology on me and I ended up adding that song to my workout playlist, and it always makes me happy. We had fun doing the shout-alongs to it.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LVQ0MXp-8ds" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe><br> <br> <strong>“Fire (Yes, Yes Y’all)” Joe Budden feat. Busta Rhymes</strong><br> <br> I actually added this song to my workout mix after putting out a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-08-11/extended-guilty-pleasure-playlist-90427">call for workout songs</a>. It’s fun to yell “There’s some hos in this house” to a room full of women. It’s great if you like doing soul claps (and who doesn’t?)</p><p><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0TjDy7GvdbY" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><strong>“Rock DJ” Robbie Williams </strong><br> <br> Robbie Williams entered my consciousness sophomore year of college when MTV2 seemed to play his James-Bond inspired song “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GlJSU6KecY&amp;feature=related">Millennium</a>” every hour. “Rock DJ” is immensely fun, has great call-and-response and makes me want to dance as cockily as Robbie does in the video (before he takes off his skin, which is gross.)</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TGelsMOIJZY" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><strong>“Mean Woman Blues” Roy Orbison</strong></p><p>This is an awesome little song from Roy (written by Claude Demetrius) that has three parts to it that I really love: the guitar solo, the backup singers and the loud part at the end. Also, when I was a little kid, my mom made a t-shirt for me that said “Mean Woman” on it so I like pretending that this song is about me.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eqQLYez_Zyk" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><strong>“Rock n’ Roll, Part II” Gary Glitter</strong><br> <br> I can’t hear this song and not be 15, at a Bulls game, watching the Luv-A-Bulls skip out triumphantly during a time out the other team called desperately trying to squash a Michael-Jordan-led hot streak. We all yelled along to it.</p><p><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/t-hB1TzoG7M" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p><p><strong>“I Can’t Go for That” Hall &amp; Oates</strong><br> <br> This was the cooldown song. Although can you truly &nbsp;cool down to something so latently hot?</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ccenFp_3kq8" width="480" frameborder="0" height="360"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-02-13/dj-incredible-zulk-strikes-again-96338 DJ Samone Roberts rolls through disco tracks http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-18/dj-samone-roberts-rolls-through-disco-tracks-94184 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-18/samone5magpic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For those who frequently go out clubbing in Chicago, the music heard all hour may have sounded familiar. <a href="http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/samoneroberts" target="_blank">Samone Roberts</a> was<em> Eight Forty-Eight's</em> in-studio DJ and she has made her rounds through the city’s top clubs since 2000. <a href="http://www.smartbarchicago.com/" target="_blank">Smartbar</a> and <a href="http://thebeautybar.com/" target="_blank">Beauty Bar</a>, just a couple of the venues Roberts has played where she mixes house, disco and early dance music, and she joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share her unique style.</p><p>Samone Roberts has two shows coming up in December: She will play at <a href="http://neo-chicago.com/">NEO</a> on Dec. 2 and at SmartBar on Dec. 10.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>DJ Mini-Set:</p><p>Tevo Howard, "Drum Machine Man" (Tevo Howard)</p><p>Cori Josias, "Takin It Straight" (Sire)<br> <br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-18/dj-samone-roberts-rolls-through-disco-tracks-94184 DJ Professor Kliq's shares his spin on Creative Commons licenses http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-11/dj-professor-kliqs-shares-his-spin-creative-commons-licenses-93962 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-11/Professor-Kliq-610x405.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some listeners' necks might have been a bit sore from bobbing along to the beats of <a href="http://www.professorkliq.com/" target="_blank">Professor Kliq</a> after he served as track master throughout the show. After spinning all hour, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> got to know him a little better. Mike Else, currently in his senior year at <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Joe%20Paterno%20AP&amp;hl=en&amp;gbv=2&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&amp;biw=966&amp;bih=617&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=iw#sclient=psy-ab&amp;hl=en&amp;gbv=2&amp;source=hp&amp;q=Columbia+College+Chicago&amp;pbx=1&amp;oq=Columbia+College+Chicago&amp;aq=f&amp;aqi=g4&amp;aql=&amp;gs_sm=e&amp;gs_upl=33368l33368l1l33600l1l1l0l0l0l0l202l202l2-1l1l0&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&amp;fp=3a6326f9fd37185b&amp;biw=966&amp;bih=617" target="_blank">Columbia College Chicago</a>, is on track with his studies and set to graduate thanks directly to his music. No, his records aren’t flying off the shelves; in fact, all of his music is free to download. Professor Kliq joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to tell you his secrets to success.</p><p>Professor Kliq is performing the <a href="http://eventful.com/chicago_il/events/electro-acoustic-ensemble-concert-/E0-001-042647770-4" target="_blank">Electro Acoustic Ensemble</a> on Dec. 10 at Columbia College and his <a href="http://www.professorkliq.com/music-i-make/" target="_blank">music</a> can be downloaded for free on his website.</p></p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-11/dj-professor-kliqs-shares-his-spin-creative-commons-licenses-93962 DJ Series: DJ Carrie Weston brings a little ‘Reverberation’ to WBEZ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-24/dj-series-dj-carrie-weston-brings-little-%E2%80%98reverberation%E2%80%99-wbez-88297 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-24/Carrie Weston.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.djcarrieweston.com/DJ_Carrie_Weston/ABOUT_UPCOMING_EVENTS.html" target="_blank">DJ Carrie Weston </a>has rocked the kids at massive events like the annual <a href="http://www.atpfestival.com/" target="_blank">All Tomorrow’s Parties</a> festival in England, and she’s worked comfy little clubs like Chicago’s <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/" target="_blank">Hideout</a>. That’s where she’ll be co-spinning with DJ <a href="http://www.toastandjamdjs.com/">Mary Nisi</a> at their semi-regular gig, Smashing Time, this Saturday, June 25. But first, she joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for some jams and conversation.</p><p>Carrie also hosts her own radio show, <em>Reverberation</em>.&nbsp; It airs Thursdays, noon to 2pm on <a href="http://wluw.org/">WLUW</a>, 88.7 FM.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Carrie Weston's mini-set included:</strong><br> The Fall, "Cruisers Creek," from the release <em>458489 A-Sides</em> (Beggars Banquet)<br> Negativland excerpt<br> My Bloody Valentine, "Slow," from the EP <em>You Made Me Realize</em> EP (Creation)<br> Negativland excerpt<br> Spacemen 3, "Big City," from the release <em>Recurring</em> (BMG)<br> F*ck Buttons, "Sweet Love for Planet Earth," (Andrew Weatherall remix) (ATP Music)<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-24/dj-series-dj-carrie-weston-brings-little-%E2%80%98reverberation%E2%80%99-wbez-88297 DJ Series: Get your Groove on http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-29/dj-series-get-your-groove-85838 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/Groove Dis 1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On Fridays, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> presents some of the best selectors Chicago has to offer.</p><p>Dirk van den Heuvel certainly knows his way around a turntable. As a DJ had Chicago crowds moving for a long time. But since 1999 he’s also been the head of <a href="http://www.grooveDIS.com" target="_blank">Groove Distribution</a>; so he knows how to move records into stores too. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> as part of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/DJ" target="_blank"><em>DJ Series: A Spinning Season</em></a>.</p><p><strong>His Playlist:</strong></p><p>Jamie Woon- "Street" - off the <em>Mirrorwriting</em> album<br> Kraddy - "Let Go"- off the <em>Labyrinth</em> album<br> Kuba Sojka -"Desert Expedition"- <em>Bright Shadow Of A Star</em> EP 12<br> Adele-"Day Dreams (nVMe Remix"-off the <em>Mick Boogie vs Adele 1988</em> album<br> Kool Hertz- "Sweet Potato Pie (Connected)" - <em>Funk Weapons </em>AFAFW25 12"<br> Beatles- "Come Together (A Skillz Remix)" - <em>white label</em> 12"<br> Twisted Tongue featuring Johanna Lee- "A Return To Space (Ray Mang Extended Mix)"- <em>Acid Jazz </em>AJX240T 12"<br> Reverso 68 - "Love From Above"- track 5 on the <em>Well Heeled Volume One</em> CD<br> Fudge Fingas- "Singularity" - track 4 on the <em>Now About How</em> CD<br> The Kenneth Bager Experience featuring Aloe Blacc - "sound of swing pt. 2 (onur engin remix)" - <em>Music For Dreams </em>US 12"</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-29/dj-series-get-your-groove-85838 Jesse De La Pena Talks About First DJ Gigs, Acid Jazz, and Bringing Hip Hop to Chicago Clubs http://www.wbez.org/story/dj/jesse-de-la-pena-first-dj-gig-popularizing-hip-hop-and-pioneering-acid-jazz-83949 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-18/23682_352181336516_685381516_4119843_837329_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://twitter.com/jessedelapena">Jesse De La Pena</a> has been spinning records since 1985 and has helped lay foundation for today's Chicago Hip Hop scene, getting some of those early records into clubs when Hip Hop was yet unrecognized outside the underground / street movements. Beyond Hip Hop, Jesse is known to spin some of the most eclectic sets in Chicago mixing genres like soul, blues, reggae, new wave, funk, rock, DnB, etc.</p> <p>He was one of the original DJs behind Grammy nominated <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_Soul">Liquid Soul</a> ensemble which pioneered Acid Jazz genre, and was a key player in Chicago's House scene in the 90's.</p><p>Jesse has recently joined WBEZ's sister station Vocalo 89.5 FM as Music Curator and was interviewed by <a href="http://vocalo.org/musicvox">MusicVox</a> host Jesse Menedez.</p> <p>De La Pena begins by telling how he got into music and DJing and shares a story about his first DJ gig at Smart Bar in Chicago when he was 19 years old and how the club owner snuck him in on the popular Wednesday nights.</p><p>Check out his entire DJ set on <a href="http://vocalo.org/blogs/archive/201103/jesse-de-la-pena-first-dj-gig-popularizing-hip-hop-and-pioneering-acid-jazz">MusicVox</a></p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/dj/jesse-de-la-pena-first-dj-gig-popularizing-hip-hop-and-pioneering-acid-jazz-83949 DJ Series: Lady Foursquare emerges from underground http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-25/dj-series-lady-foursquare-emerges-underground-82971 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Picture 059.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Marea Stamper has been involved in the Midwest&rsquo;s underground rave and dance scene since her early teens. That&rsquo;s a world that kind of skirts around the edges of the law. Though ravers face unsympathetic legislators and police, Stamper says she&rsquo;ll continue to fight &ndash; and spin &ndash; for your right and hers &ndash; to party! Plus to dance and to play great music!<br /><br />She often DJs under the moniker <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lady-Foursquare/44074067061" target="_blank">Lady Foursquare</a>. Saturday,&nbsp;Feb. 26 she&rsquo;ll throw down a <em>legal </em>set at <a href="http://www.smartbarchicago.com/index.html" target="_blank">Smart Bar</a> in Chicago. She spun for <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> all hour long, helping the show get its rave on and she joined host Alison Cuddy to share a little more about her story and her music.<br /><br />Underground artist Lady Foursquare and her <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trustus/198426373491" target="_blank">Trustus crew</a> play Thursday nights at <a href="http://www.downtownbarandlounge.com/" target="_blank">Downtown Bar and Lounge</a> on N. State St. in Chicago. Stamper produces her original compositions under the moniker, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/theblackmadonna" target="_blank">The Black Madonna</a>.</p><p><strong>Lady Foursquare's Mini-Set:</strong><br />Roy Davis Jr. &amp; Thomas Bangalter, &quot;Rock Shock&quot; (Thomas Bangalter remix), Rock Shock 12&quot;<br />Thomas Bangalter, &quot;Spinal Beats&quot;, Spinal Scratch 12&quot;<br />The Black Madonna, &quot;From the Narrow Between&quot;, unreleased<br />The Black Madonna, &quot;We Can Never Be Apart&quot;, unreleased</p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-25/dj-series-lady-foursquare-emerges-underground-82971 DJ Series: DJ and producer Ron Trent brings the beats http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/dj-series-dj-and-producer-ron-trent-brings-beats-81772 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Picture 039.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Music courses through <a href="http://www.rontrent.com/" target="_blank">Ron Trent&rsquo;s</a> body like blood through veins. His father was a DJ so it&rsquo;s not surprising that he grew up to be a DJ and music producer himself. Ron was still in his teens when he cut what became his first club hit, &quot;Altered States.&quot; Ever since he&rsquo;s been a mainstay of the music world.<br /><br />DJ Ron Trent provided the sounds for <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> all hour long as part of the DJ Series, and he joined host Alison Cuddy for a sit-down to dig a little deeper into his personal history and art.&nbsp;</p><p>Trent spins at <a href="http://www.smartbarchicago.com/index.html" target="_blank">Smart Bar</a> in Wrigleyville on the first Wednesday of every month and at the <a href="http://www.crocodilechicago.com/" target="_blank">Crocodile Lounge</a> in Wicker Park every second and fourth Thursday of the month.</p><p><strong>DJ Ron Trent's Mini-Set:</strong><br />Erykah Badu, &quot;Honey&quot;, <em>New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War</em> (Motown)<br />Chaz Jankel, &quot;Glad To Know You&quot;, <br />Ron Trent, &quot;Hooked On Your Love&quot;, <em>Dance Classic</em> (Prescription Records)<br />Tamara Wellons, &quot;Smells Like Teen Spirit&quot;, <em>Life Is</em> (Ocha Records)</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/dj-series-dj-and-producer-ron-trent-brings-beats-81772