After the success of the CRYSTALLIZE one-off last month, Bad Advice, Inc. is proud to announce that Crystallize will now happen EVERY 2ND FRIDAY, returning to DARKROOM on FEBRUARY 11, 2011!
So what's in a name? CRYSTALLIZE reflects the reaction of a single grain of dust in a supersaturated solution. From a clear and seemingly inert liquid, crystals form amazing geometric patterns of complexity and beauty.
In the same way, Crystallize will provide that solution in a sonic form, saturated with varied musical emissions from resident/host Duke Shin, genre-bending good guy DJ Warp (Atmospheric Audiochair, Bombay Beatbox, Dept. of Cult. Affairs), underground loft linchpin and techno maven Sevron, and Chicago’s leading lady of house and member of the legendary Superjane DJ collective, DJ LADY D! Live video mixing throughout the night will come courtesy of Video Janitor.
And from that solution, house, techno, IDM and more... we shall see what will Crystallize!
DJ LADY D
Lady D marries the classic house tracks of Chicago's past with the choicest four-to-the-floor stomps of today, and always throws down a soulful and sinful set. Influenced by legends and
encouraged by House veterans, “The Chicago House scene would be incomplete without Lady D”, as stated by Epitonic.com.
Known widely as Chicago's Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995. She has played such places as Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Thailand and extensively across
Recognized for her top-notch A&R, production and remixing talents as owner of D'lectable Music, Lady D is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records in House music over the past three years... You can currently catch Lady D hosting and producing a talk and music show mid-mornings on Chicago Public Radio's newest station, WBEW-89.5 FM, Vocalo.org.
She made her name in the mid 90’s for being one of the first women DJ’s on the underground house scene in Chicago and grew to become one of the most respected industry players who
continues to emerge from the Chicago House 3rd wave following in the steps of Derrick Carter, Diz, Sneak and Gene Farris among others.
DJ Lady D is not limited by any preconceived notion of House—her sets drift seamlessly into territories others fear to tread. She moves playfully from tracks to vocals, from Boompty to
Electro to jackin’ Tech House and back with finesse. Lady D has a unique way of not only making the mix sound good but also making these seemingly distinct genres feel like they actually belong together. That’s a gift, a talent; and Lady D is one of a few who can pull that off, (some say like a female Mark Farina!) because her ear for selecting is just that good. Her abilities include production and remixing and she has collaborated with Ron Carroll, Demarkus Lewis, Common Factor and Mark Grant. Behind the decks for over a decade, DJ Lady D is a true professional, able to control any dance floor in any club she plays—from Bangkok to Waikiki from Moscow to Montreal—D has made many a flat-ironed “do” frizzy by night’s end.
Men love her and girls adore her—she’s just your type, and she just keeps getting better! Who's that lady? It's none other than DJ LADY D. Just look for the smile….
A vinyl enthusiast with a true passion for igniting a dance floor, Chicago’s Sevron has spent the better part of fifteen years obsessively building an enviable record collection. His enthusiasm for new and unique electronic sounds has always been matched by his love of classic dance music. This blend of innovation and classicism, along with his superior technical skills, has kept dance floors on their toes since 1998. A master of all things funky, Sevron’s DJing commands the attention of a room. Whether his sets are rooted in deep dubby minimalism, soulful grooves, jackin’ Chicago rhythms, cutting-edge techno, or a fusion of these elements, they possess a spontaneity and eclecticism uncommon amongst his musical contemporaries. As a cofounding member of the Chicago-based promotional group No Affiliation, Sevron has been a force behind many of the most memorable underground and club events of the last decade.
By day, Brian Keigher organizes events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism, including World Music Festival, Chicago SummerDance, Audio Picnic and various events at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. By night, as DJ Warp, he has become a staple DJ playing at many Chicago clubs and venues, including past residencies at legendary clubs such as Shelter, Smartbar and Sonotheque. In addition to spinning tunes at venues like the Aragon Ballroom, the MCA, Navy Pier or Riviera, Brian was the very first DJ to ever play the Chicago Symphony Center. With an unique ear for the latest in abstract dance music and unusual international music, Brian has been lucky to share the bill and support some of the world's top touring talents of many styles including; Luke Vibert, Konono No.1, Art Of Noise, Four Tet, Femi Kuti, LFO, Bebel Gilberto, Plaid, Manu Chao, Karl Denson, Jamie Lidell, Talvin Singh, Prefuse 73, Amadou & Mariam, Biz Markie and Bassnectar just to name a handful.
Brian looks to use DJing as another form of musical expression in an effort to continue his life mission of turning people onto damn good music. He has been featured in various press including Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, CLTV, New City, and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio to name a few.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what is the value of a beat? A rhythm? A melody? Chicago-based DJ Duke Shin doesn't have any of those answers for you, but what he does have is a musical arsenal of the loud and strange, gentle and nuanced, mid tempo slow burns and torrid electronic freak outs-all wrapped up in deep house love, driven with a cybernetic techno heart. And his search to answer the question in finding the value of music has lead him to DJing many clubs, bars, lounges and loft parties including favorites like Smart Bar, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the monthly Freakeasy parties in Chicago.
Somewhere along the way, Duke has had the good fortune in opening for electronic dance music luminaries like M.A.N.D.Y., Seth Troxler, Holy Ghost!, Pär Grindvik and Moby, and has enjoyed playing afterparties for bands like the Dandy Warhols, TV On The Radio, Jamie Lidell and Nouvelle Vague. When he's not busy DJing, Duke also works as a music journalist, and has had countless features, reviews and interviews published in Resident Advisor, BPM Magazine, New City Chicago (where he previously served as Clubs Editor for over 2 years) and CityPages MN.
With an ever-evolving sound, Duke never slows down, continuing his search for musical enlightenment while delighting (and occasionally befuddling) ardent dance floor denizens and lovers of the eclectic mix. Aside from guest spots, you can also catch Duke at Incendiamo, his deep house/techno-themed monthly at Beviamo in Little Italy (3rd Thursdays) and at Skool Nite, taking place every first Sunday of the month at Subterranean Lounge in Wicker Park, which allows him to scratch all of his musical itches with a format free evening with his close friends.