In Chicago, much of the city’s history is stored not just in books but in music. The right track can paint a picture of the city’s music scene at any given time. One Chicago DJ is doing his part to preserve some of Chicago’s music culture and history.
Jerome Derradji is a local DJ and music producer, and has been spending the last few years restoring dozens upon dozens of decaying tapes — tracks and DJ mixes from some of house music’s early giants, according to the Chicago Reader. His project, which will likely last years more, could serve as a musical snapshot to Chicago’s club world of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The Morning Shift takes a look at why Derradji is taking on this monumental project and what it means for Chicago music buffs.
Leor Galil, Chicago Reader contributor
Jerome Derradji, producer
LEARN MORE: Chicago label Still Music rescues decades of house history from a south-side storage locker (Chicago Reader 6/5/18)