Line-up /RJ Pickens & My boy Elroy
RJ Pickens bio:
Hailing from schools of progressive, house, breaks, and incorporating some elements of trance, RJ is no stranger to the politics of dancing.He's been a musician for pretty much all his life, beginning withclassical music training in both piano and guitar.As he grew older and more mature, so did his musical tastes. Being from the Chicago area, he's been brought up around house music, but hedidn't realize just how powerful dance music could be until he heardhis first Chemical Brothers record in 1994. The rest, as they say, ishistory.
RJ has made himself a nice home in the Chicago electronic music circuitas a resident DJ with VISION Nightclub. He’s also called notable placessuch as SPYBAR and SOUND-BAR home in the past. As a result, he's gottento share the decks with the finest of global talent.
The energy-building and crowd-reading abilities that RJ has honed overthe years, have lead him to share billings with: Paul Van Dyk, JohnDigweed, Luke Fair, Armin Van Buuren, Dave Seaman, Second Sun, MarkusSchulz, Gabriel & Dresden, Paul Oakenfold, Sandra Collins, KennethThomas, Jerry Bonham, Infected Mushroom, Hernan Cattaneo, Steve Porter,Matt Darey, Taylor, Ferry Corsten, Montana, Matthew Dekay, BennyBenassi, Seb Fontaine, Filo & Peri, 16bit Lolitas, Ben Brown, Blank& Jones, Ricky Ryan (Can Costa), Michael Burian, Angelo Mike, Rank1, Jennifer Rene, Phynn, Sander Van Doorn, and the list continues togrow…
...and he continues to deepen his roots within the flourishing scene inChicago. He’s beginning to make his mark in the production arena,also. Teaming up with studio partner SKS has recently lead to somefloor-stomping tunes, and successful monthly radio show called FloorControl. RJ also has successfullytaken the reigns in running the monthly “HOME” residency in thePenthouse at Vision Nightclub, where clubbers happily come to enjoyno-holds-barred throwdowns spun by special guests and by the best localtalent Chicago has to offer. He is a regular guest featured onFusion Radio Chicago, had a highly-acclaimed guest mixfeatured on ULTRA Satellite Radio (XM80 TheMove), has had some other very notable guest spots on other shows, and was featured on VONYC SESSIONS by a gentleman by the name of Paul Van Dyk.
Keep an eye on this one. He's up to no good, in a great way.
My boy Elroy:
Elroy (David Arredondo) grew up musically inspired in San Diego, CA.After his departure to Colorado from his hometown, in 2001 (My Boy)Elroy's calling to the city was brought on by Grammy nominated LiquidSoul: Eddie Mills, Phill Ajarapu, and Mars Williams in 2004. Veryshortly after a 31 show in 35 day tour with funky inspiration Mama'sCookin, his trip to Chicago began.
Pursuing his dream to representChicago House Music and his incomparable Beat Box abilities since Feb.2005 he has quickly been recognized to impress the many at such Chicagolocations as the DoubleDoor, Green Dolphin Street, Crobar, VisionNightclub, Martini Park, Funky Buddha Lounge, Subterranean, The SuiteLounge, Moonshine, The Uptown Lounge, Salud Tequila Lounge, andperforms with his band Liquid Soul for such events as the Taste ofChicago, The Windy City Wine Festival and venues like the House ofBlues, North by North West, b1 (Moscow) Belly Up (Aspen) and it doesn'tstop there!
Elroy has surely been recognized for his jaw-droppingtalent to hit our souls with his uniquely collaborative beat box/DJsets. And before you know it, has placed himself before the one andonly Massive Attack at the Riviera in Chicago 2006. Opening for some ofthe legendary greats of our time such as B.B. King, and even StevieWonder in Kitzbuhel, Austria 2008, the near-20-years of beat boxing hasmade his message clear world-wide. With 14 years of experience behindthe drum kit and eight years behind the wheels of steel, he does itwithout comparison. Inspired by many artists including Mike Patton,James Brown, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Les Claypool, Daft Punk,Derrick Carter, Justin Long, Trentemoller, Telefon Tel Aviv, JoeyYoungman, Bryan Jones, John Tejada, Sasha, and so many more, you canexpect to get everything you're looking for from all sides of the housethat jack. A sound that combines funky, deep, dark, and dirty techhouse with nasty mouth beats in transition.
So prepare yourself forsmooth blends, hot grooves, and eclectic talents because My Boy Elroyis bringing it to make you stomp!