MY BOY ELROY (Liquid Soul, Digital Tape Machine)
Duke Shin & Merrick Brown
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Refract returns with a pair of very talented DJs (and musical artists) in Carla Starla and My Boy Elroy.
Carla combines her dynamic and soulful live vocals with her selections, leaving your ears (and feet) with something greater than the sum of their parts. Soulful, distinctive-yet-unpredictable, and spiritual, Carla is a rare talent.
Meanwhile, My Boy Elroy, who's diverse talents include being part of Liquid Soul and Digital Tape Machine, has been showcasing his deep house grooves with his recent Cilantro Glowstick mix series and a handful of high-profile opening slots, on top of his already hustling DJ schedule.
As a DJ I get the opportunity to take my listeners on a sacred journey. Healing through sound and dance is my purest intention. My lyrics are inspiring and my beats are steady, consistent and driving. As I move the energy into a higher vibratory experience this allows the audience to feel free and uplifted. House music is known to be a very spiritual style of music. I can’t wait to share the experience. My job is to share that gift with the world. In 1988 I started my music career in Omaha Nebraska, singing and playing bass in a Ska Punk Band called The Conspiracy. In 1993 I found myself in Chicago singing background for the infamous Blue Meanies. Finding my way along and more into the spotlight where I belonged. A co creation group called Stereotypes was formed with Damon Keller in 1994. Finding power in creating original music and songwriting, I played an integral role in booking Stereotypes many shows and raves around the Midwest in the early nineties working with groups like VBNTS Chicago and Eclectic Grooves. Stereotypes was ahead of our time. With a hip hop intelligent jungle fusion. I produced, sang, played violin, bass and samples. Stereotypes played with the greats like. Del The Funky Homosapien, Maseo of De La Sol and opened for Ms. Lady Kier of Deee-Lite at the Metro. That will always be my favorite show. In 1998 a decision to DJ came from my passionate love for House music. Finding a niche in singing and DJing, DJ Carla Starla was born. For the past thirteen years I have been doing just that. Playing at the world famous Burningman Festival, Rocking Smart Bar Chicago with the likes of Paul Johnson, Kaskade and DJ Heather. I have been a guest DJ at a many Freakeasy, Psymbolic and Brilliantlymad events. My passion to stay busy has me currently holding down monthly residencies for numerous different Chi-town promotions, like Freakeasy Chicago.
I’m also currently the host of ITN (in the night), at Renaissance Radio aka R-Radio. The internet station url is www.ourmusicradio.com. ITN is on daily from 9pm-4am and is a show which features the latest house tracks, featured DJ’s & mixes. I will also be guiding listeners through the Chicago Underground Scene. If your into House & Electronic music, tune in and find out where to go, who to see and what festivals are coming.
MY BOY ELROY
MY BOY ELROY is the jaw-dropping Chicago-based DJ/Beat-Boxer of the world famous Acid Jazz pioneering group & Grammy nominated live act, Liquid Soul. His passion & dedication to his craft along w/his unique presentation quickly led him to open for a sold out show @The Riviera for the one & only Massive Attack. He's shared the bill w/legendary greats of our times such as B.B. King & Stevie Wonder!
Since early 2000's MY BOY ELROY has been an intricate part of the nation-wide collective, Every Starving Artists Productions (aka ESA), he's currently the only mid-west representative. MY BOY ELROY is also the Music Director & DJ for the amazing Midnight Circus. He's also making serious waves as part of the dynamic tag-team duo Dextrous Roy & as a member of the explosive show Digital Tape Machine, all while remaining the recording & touring DJ for Liquid Soul. Combining performance tactics with DJing his show is nothing to deny and sets a new standard for musical quality and entertainment value.
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 has also worked 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.
Merrick Brown has been called many things in his life but boring is not one of them. By day he is a self-taught graphic designer and by night, a bit of a music aficionado. Almost 15 years ago, Merrick stumbled into a rave and was instantly hooked on the loud frenetic beats. His first forays into DJ'ing began in 1994 with techno, jungle and all things rave. Soon after moving to Austin in 1996, he began recording and later releasing records on his own Tektite Recordings and Chalant Music. Both labels have featured an impressive roster of international artists and helped put Texas on the map with a string of timeless underground classics. Merrick was also behind a series of legendary Austin club events, featuring such acts as Jazzanova, John Tejada, Bugz in the Attic, Titonton Duvante, Charles Webster, Recloose, King Britt, and many more, exposing Texas to some fresh sounds. Merrick further refined his DJ skills playing alongside the likes of Derrick May, DJ Surgeon, Matthew Dear, Metro Area, The Hacker.. the list goes on.
Merrick played an integral role in the Texas electronic music scene, staying on the cutting edge while remaining rooted in all types of obscure, left-field and influential music of the past. He is known for DJ sets that are energetic and spontaneous, with a freeform style guided by constant crowd interaction. He shuns the purist mindset, choosing instead to weave through genres, playing from his wide-range of musical influences to create something entirely new. His excitement for music comes across when he plays along with a sense of humor that frequently wins over even the most challenging audiences.
Merrick continued making his mark on Austin with Get Broke!, the weekly club night at Plush, where he (along with residents Tyler and Wilb) created musical masterpieces out of chaos for almost 5 years. Summer 2007 saw the end of Get Broke! and the start of a new chapter for Merrick and wife Toyacoyah, as they moved to Chicago.
At age 30, with over 12 years in the industry, Merrick has no intention of slowing down. With an album in the works and plans to re-launch Tektite, he is poised to capture new audiences and satisfy dancefloors worldwide with a sound that is truly unique.