Founding member at Tied and one third of Tied Collective, based in Chicago.
With his infectious energy, sophisticated ear, and tireless dedication, Mantas Steles is a rising star of Chicago’s underground dance music scene. A DJ, producer, party promoter, and night owl, Mantas is a man in love with a sound that is in love with your body. Think: gentle kicks, closed high hats, whispered, seductive vocals, loopy, circus bass.
Sonically wise beyond his years, Mantas pushes the boundaries of Chicago’s audio palette. His sets mix classic house and the newest techno party jams with the warped world of artists like Melchior and Ricardo. Fans from Chicago and beyond have flocked to hear Mantas in ever-rising numbers. And as those who have witnessed his marathon after-party sessions know so well, it’s clear that the Stallion’s magic really works.
Soon after moving to the Windy City at the tender age of 18, Mantas attended his first warehouse party. The rest is history. Being a regular guest at Smart Bar, one of the oldest and most respected clubbing institutions in North America, and having played for such local promoters as Paradigm, Volatl, MiM and Varsity All Stars at various venues around town, Mantas’s latest accomplishment is a residency at Chicago's Spybar, one of the world's foremost purveyors of electronic music. By performing with artists as diverse as Bruno Pronsato and Martin Buttrich, Mantas has carefully honed his sound, tailoring his style to the event while still keeping things all his own, already spreading his musical knowledge and unparalleled taste to places like Baum in Bogotá, Output in New York, Detroit's TV Lounge, and the list keeps on growing.
The last few years have seen big things for Mantas and his crew. In addition to working on production, in the fall of 2012 Mantas teamed up with his best friend Max Jacobson to bring Tied to life - a party series that has already hosted the talents of D'julz, Giles Smith, DeWalta, Priku, Anthea, Federico Molinari, Anthony Collins, and more. As dance music spirals into the mainstream, the Tied parties keep Chicago anchored to its underground roots. Forever young, forever strong... there is no telling what’s in store for Mantas’s future.
Selected discography Mantas Steles
Max Jacobson & Mantas Steles - Guinea Pig / Baile Musik
Max Jacobson & Mantas Steles - Now You See Me / Baile Musik
Ari Frank & Max Jacobson feat. Mantas Steles - The Way You Talk / Better On Foot