CRYSTALLIZE presents SAFETY DANCE
SEARCHL1TE - Part Time Suckers, Dubfront Records
MARCIN ALBEKIER - Freakeasy
DJ RYAN - Safety Third Productions
DUKE SHIN - Bad Advice, Inc.
3D YOU - Art Installation by Gordon Kummel
2210 West Chicago
NO COVER before 10pm, $6 after
$3 Goose Island 312, $6 Specialty cocktails
This 5th edition of CRYSTALLIZE makes a one-time move for May only, from its usual 2nd Friday spot to the 3rd Friday [5/20] for a very special winning collaboration between Bad Advice, Inc. and lovable upstarts Safety Third Productions. You can expect dynamic, bass-heavy rhythms and wobbly, kinetic dub colliding with impeccably selected house and techno and interactive video art ... SAFETY DANCE!
On the turntables or tweaking a live P.A., Searchl1te lays out monster bass weight and teeth-rattling percussion. Irreverent of genre but observant of vibes, he brings the substep, sarcopha-beats, yard techno, scandalbass and tech:freek biz. His tunes are loaded with his own field recordings, samplings from a nerdy collection of vinyl, analog grit cranked out of piles old studio gear, and collabs with the underground’s tuffest lyricists and musicians. Searchl1te’s music resides in the space between genres, where they can be heard clanging and blending together…like the cacophony of a street market…or two cars next to each other at a stoplight with their windows down, each blasting different music. Searchl1te has traveled extensively with this sound, bombing beats in Buenos Aires, NYC, San Fran, Vegas, Chicago and all points between.
The founder of Part Time Sucker Radio, Searchl1te (a.k.a. Kee – BassByThePound Crew) has been doing non-commercial radio for a decade with WNUR 89.3 Fm, www.Dubstep.Fm, www.Destroyer.net and www.Dnbradio.com.
A new project, Chicago Sewer, partners Searchl1te with The Abominable Twitch. Chicago Sewer is a live pa tearout that incorporates bent circuitry, software dexterity, live instruments, turntablism, and more. Check out one of Chicago Sewer’s live recordings here: http://momentsound.com/2009/10/16/chicago-sewer-live-heartbeats/
For a day gig, Searchl1te teaches reading, writing and music production to incarcerated youth in Chicago. Visit www.FreeWriteJailArts.org to peep writing, art, and tracks produced by his students.
“[Searchl1te] ditches the brainless foursquare beats that serve as cha-cha diagrams for the honkiest segment of the club population …His tracks are made of hearty, pulse-pounding stuff: mile-high quantum-overdrive synth pulses, queasy stereo-phase effects from your best panic attack, and sub-sonic free falls that aim to evacuate your bowels.” — Chicago Reader
? MARCIN ALBEKIER
Marcin Albekier has been making his mark showcasing his talent for mixing the subtle textures in techno with skill, cerebrally balancing pretty noises with urgent rhythms, tasteful high hats with driving bass, and countless other juxtapositions of sound. A familiar fixture around underground events in Chicago and Detroit, Marcin's thoughtful approach to the art of DJing has helped to carve out his own distinctive sound, which continues to expand over time...
? DJ RYAN
A DJ hailing from Arizona and now calling Chicago home, the sounds of DJ Ryan are a constantly evolving glitchy and synth-bending mix of grimy, bass-heavy dubstep, hip hop-styled midtempo beats, floor-hopping electro breaks, and wicked drum and bass rhythms. Never playing the same set twice, this DJ puts the heat on hot and the music on good.
? DUKE SHIN
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.