R.J Pickens, Berko, Raoule Hilton, Elliot Osborne
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 with classical 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 he didn’t realize just how powerful dance music could be until he heard his first Chemical Brothers record in 1994. The rest, as they say, is history.
RJ has made himself a nice home in the Chicago electronic music circuit as a resident DJ with VISION Nightclub. He’s also called notable places such as SPYBAR and SOUND-BAR home in the past. As a result, he’s gotten to share the decks with the finest of global talent.
The energy-building and crowd-reading abilities that RJ has honed over the years, have lead him to share billings with: Paul Van Dyk, John Digweed, Luke Fair, Armin Van Buuren, Dave Seaman, Second Sun, Markus Schulz, Gabriel & Dresden, Paul Oakenfold, Sandra Collins, Kenneth Thomas, Jerry Bonham, Infected Mushroom, Hernan Cattaneo, Steve Porter, Matt Darey, Taylor, Ferry Corsten, Montana, Matthew Dekay, Benny Benassi, Seb Fontaine, Filo & Peri, 16bit Lolitas, Ben Brown, Blank & Jones, Ricky Ryan (Can Costa), Michael Burian, Angelo Mike, Rank 1, Jennifer Rene, Phynn, Sander Van Doorn, and the list continues to grow…
…and he continues to deepen his roots within the flourishing scene in Chicago. He’s beginning to make his mark in the music production arena, also. Teaming up with production partner SKS has recently lead to some floor-stomping bootleg remixes and a big original release that is expected to be released in the near future! RJ also has successfully taken the reigns in running the monthly “HOME” residency in the Penthouse at Vision Nightclub, where clubbers happily come to enjoy no-holds-barred throwdowns spun by special guests and by the best local talent Chicago has to offer. He is also a regular guest featured on Fusion Radio Chicago, and recently had a highly-acclaimed guest mix featured on ULTRA Satellite Radio (XM80 TheMove).
Keep an eye on this one. He’s up to no good, in a great way.