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A Note From Marea Regarding The Smart Bar Residency Program

When I accepted the talent buyer position, at the top of my list was the task of renovating the 2014 Smart Bar Residents program. I believe that a thriving resident culture is the core of any great dance institution. From The Haçienda in Manchester, who opened their doors the same year as Smart Bar in 1982, to our friends at Berghain/Panorama Bar, the venues we admire most have been able to identify and source world class talent at their local level and place it at the center of their identity, rather than at the margins.…

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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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FRANKIE KNUCKLES

Few figures in contemporary music have influenced their respective fields the way Frankie Knuckles has revolutionized dance music.As one of the most renowned DJs in the world, Frankie Knuckles is still packing dance floors with his unique style for almost 30 years.…

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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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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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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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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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Orchard Lounge

If you can move, Orchard Lounge will back you up.

 

Formed in Chicago in 2001, OL’s odyssey began as the triad of Spencer Lokken, Bethany Lokken and Ben Silver. Currently the collective operates as a duo, of solely Spencer & Bethany Lokken.…

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Olin

A Kansan by birth, Chicagoan by privilege, Olin has been at “it” for nearly 10 years now.  With several recent releases on respected labels such as Argot, Discovery, Wazi Wazi, O’rs and more, Olin has been gathering momentum with his productions, which range from deep tech house to italo disco.  …

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Jeff Derringer

Jeff Derringer is a producer and performer based in Chicago. He is the resident and curator of Oktave, an event series that focuses on the world’s best underground techno talent.

 

Blending a propulsive beat with noise, oblique melodies and a healthy dose of kick drum, Jeff’s unique brand of techno comes from decades spent as a drummer, multi-instrumentalist and technologist.…

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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, Samone, Sevron, and Marlon Montez 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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DFA

From New York to Chicago with love. Smart Bar is proud to be the home of DFA Records in the Windy City. Long feeling a close kinship with the people, sounds and ideas that make this imprint great, we are proud to welcome DFA into the fold of comrades for 2014.…

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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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