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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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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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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 (with Jarvi and Patrick Bosman), 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. …

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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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Jason Kendig

Inspired by the electronic music emanating from Detroit’s airwaves while coming of age, Jason Kendig has been pursuing the dance music pulse for over two decades. From his first residency at Detroit’s Motor Lounge in the late 90s to his current role as an integral member of the esteemed Honey Soundsystem–a queer collective of musicians, artists and djs known for elevating nightlife in San Francisco and beyond–Jason never fails to make others move through his ability to reference dance music’s past yet keeping an ear to the future.

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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 techno to italo disco.  …

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Hugo Ball

Hugo Ball is a polysexual, oppositional, surrealist monthly dance happening occurring on the third Saturday of each month at Smart Bar. The Hugo Ball Troupe—Justin Long, Nathan Drew Larsen, Sevron, and sold —are a collective of musicians, selectors, writers, and artists.

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Special Partnership: Discwoman

Founded by Frankie Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform and booking agency, representing and showcasing female-identified DJ talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club Discwoman has since curated women DJ events and festivals in 10 cities—working with over 150 female-identified DJs and producers to-date.

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Special Partnership: Interdimensional Transmissions

Interdimensional Transmissions is a Detroit based label founded by BMG (Brendan M Gillen) in 1995 with a record by Ectomorph. The label has come to represent the left hand path within Detroit Techno, Electro, post-disco etc. IT often takes a wide musical lens and incorporates history as a way to find something both pure and new.…

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Special Partnership: As You Like It

As You Like It (San Fransisco) is the result of a shared taste for quality electronic music, late nights and experiences that focus on cutting-edge sounds by today’s most driven artists, while striving for and acknowledging timelessness.…

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Special Partnership: HONCHO

HONCHO (Pittsburgh) is one pillar of the new gay underground bubbling up across the US the last few years. DJs Aaron Clark, Clark Price, and George d’Adhemar; plus organizers Justin Luis and Aaron Ruby comprise the group. Based out of Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass, the infamous club-in-a-bathhouse, they push a soundtrack that crisscrosses across four to the floor beats and deep into the morning hours. 

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RIP FRANKIE KNUCKLES, GODFATHER OF HOUSE AND SMART BAR RESIDENT

Metro/Smart Bar Mourns Frankie Knuckles. Metro/Smart Bar joins the Chicago music community and music fans around the world in mourning the loss of the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles. “Frankie was always one of those DJs that through his music could take us from the dance floor to church.…

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