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Transitions: A Note From Marea at Year Two

Transitions: A Note From Marea at Year Two

 

“There will be people who say you can’t. You will. There will be people who say you don’t mix this with that and you will say: watch me. There will be people who will say play it safe, thats too risky.

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Justin Long (Senior Resident)

Chicago native Justin Long discovered his fascination for uncanny music at an early age when his mother entrusted him with her record collection that spanned from UK punk to American dance. This  served as a gateway, stimulating his journey into the sonic vortex.…

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Derrick Carter

“I like to keep myself pretty invisible. You may think I’m somewhere, but I’ve already left.”

 

Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the better DJs of the world. With innovative productions, flawless technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his influence has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance music. …

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The Black Madonna

From a series of breakthrough releases to a debut at Panorama Bar, Smart Bar’s first female talent buyer has had a lot on her plate this year. Her first record, “Exodus” was an anthem to a concentrated pool of Chicago house aficionados, passed from person to person for nearly three years before anyone outside of the city ever heard it.…

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MICHAEL SERAFINI

The Black Madonna on Michael Serafini: “I got to Gramaphone around 8:45 PM, the hour it really slows down on weekdays. Only the lone holdouts —part time employees, incurable vinyl wonks and industry regulars are left. They shuffle around, putting releases back on the wall, deciding between records and ramen noodles, wrapping up consignment deals with Michael.

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Rahaan

Finally the rest of the world is catching up to what Chicago has known all along. Fresh on the heels of a breakthrough year, which saw Rahaan dominating in his extended Boiler Room sets, Smart Bar welcomes this master of soul and disco with the Bozak mixer. …

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Jeff Derringer

Jeff Derringer is the Oktave resident – as creator and curator of Smartbar’s cutting edge techno series, Jeff brings the world’s most innovative techno artists to Chicago. Started in 2009, Oktave has become one the most recognizable events in the genre, known for its relentless pursuit of the finest sounds and brightest stars, both established and rising.…

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Innerspace Halflife

Across the metaphysical into the physical and back again, the sound of Innerspace Halflife abstracts traditional notions of Chicago House while retaining the source’s raw and improvised edge. A collaborative project formed between Chicago’s Hakim Murphy and Ike Release, Innerspace Halflife has developed its distinctive, cosmic and idiosyncratic sound through a series of well-received vinyl releases appearing on esteemed international record labels, MOS Deep and Skudge, as well as their own labels Machining Dreams and Episodes in limited and highly-sought after editions.…

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Garrett David

Chicago’s Garrett David has quickly made a name for himself as a producer and DJ. Also known for his collaboration with Adam Rowe, the Bell Boys. His work pushes the boundaries of Chicago house while staying true to its legacy. When not behind the decks at Smart Bar, Garrett can be found behind the desk of Gramaphone Records, where he serves as house buyer and head of A&R in Gramaphone’s new endeavor as a Chicago-centric imprint.…

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Sassmouth

Species Characteristics

Name: Sassmouth

Label: god particle

Residencies: Smartbar -Planet Chicago, As You Like It -San Francisco

Underground: Naughty Bad Fun Collective

 

One of the fascinating creatures that our Planet houses is the ever-elusive Sassmouth.  Fortunately, the Planet Chicago recording crew caught some sounds from her natural habitat, and we just finished listening to the entire Sassmouth ‘Collected Mixes’ and ‘Selected Productions.’  The music explores all aspects of our Planet. …

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Chrissy

Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer with productions on esteemed labels like File Under Disco, Tugboat Edits, Hypercolour, Classic, and on his weekly “Year Of Edits” blog. He co-runs The Nite Owl Diner label with Alex Burkat.

“The hardest-working motherfucker in Chicago” — Stool Pigeon

Chrissy is also a well-regarded dance music historian—he ran the popular “My Year of Mixtapes” blog, where he posted an original genre-focused DJ mix every week for a year.…

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Samone

Vinyl selector from and residing in Chicago. Creator of Changes Chicago. Head A&R of Loves Records.…

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Phillip Stone

Phillip Stone comes from the outskirts of Chicago, where he had an early exposure as a teenager to the Midwestern Rave scene. Those experiences along with getting into the vinyl culture at an early age influenced him to explore deeper. One thing led to another and a hobby turned into something more.…

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Olin

A Kansan by birth, Chicagoan by privilege, Olin has been quietly offering up his unique take on dance music.  With several recent releases on respected labels such as Argot, Discovery, God Particle, and more, Olin has cast a wide net with his productions, which range from deep tech house to italo disco.  …

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The Hugo Ball Troupe

The Hugo Ball Troupe is a collective of vinyl selectors that execute one of Chicago’s most attended underground dance parties on the third Saturday of each month at Smart Bar. Experienced Chicago DJs Justin Long, Nathan Drew Larsen, Sevron, Marlon Montez and Wesley Groves have forged a sound based on a shared belief that genre and time are flexible concepts when building the soundtrack for the dance floor.…

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Junior Residents

In 2014, the Junior Residents program was created by to identify and foster emerging talent in Chicago’s dance music community. Dozens of candidates were considered, but in the end seven young and promising artists were selected for the year long program.…

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John Roberts and Jeffrey Sfire at Savages

John Roberts (b. 1984, Cleveland) was asked by Carsten Jost, Pantha Du Prince, and Lawrence to be the first American artist on the influential Dial Records imprint in 2008. After releasing a string of successful 12″s on the label, he presented his debut album “Glass Eights” in 2010 to significant accolades, followed by “Fences” in 2013, which cemented his position as one of electronic music’s top innovators.…

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Honey Soundsystem

Honey Soundsystem is a collective of disc jockeys, musicians, performers and designers. Co-founders Ken Woodard and Jacob Sperber formed in January 2006, after seeing severe gaps in San Francisco nightlife. They were inspired by pivotal gay underground parties, who offered a take on dance music in direct opposition to what was blaring on mainstream club speakers.…

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DVS1 and Regis at Oktave

Zak aka DVS1, is one of the most prominent figures in the Midwest/US dance music landscape today. A local DJ favorite since the mid nineties, DVS1 continues to move floors with a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of more than 10,000 records.…

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Honey Dijon at Queen!

What more can be said about the fabulous Queen’s 2015 artist in residence, Honey Dijon? She has rightly taken her place in the music world and one of the most exciting and unique talents today with her innovative and unique sound.…

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