Artist Spotlight

Two For Tuesday | The Hot Mix 5 Festival

Two For Tuesday Spotlight on The Hot Mix 5 Chicago's known for a lot of things. Food, our skyline, our Cubs, the Blackhawks, 2005 World Champion White Sox, night life, theater, DJS, blues music, house music, trance music and more. Our Two For Tuesday feature focuses in on DJS, festivals and artists like a lazer. But for this one, we're going to give you a ton of value added here because? Well, part of it pertains to our history as well. For this feature we thought it'd be great to focus on our own history from back in the day…

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Interview With Claude VonStroke

Watch GRAMMY Pro's inteview with Claude VonStroke CLICK HERE FOR OUR CLAUDE VON STROKE CHANNEL The door has been kicked wide open for Claude VonStoke. With a residency in Las Vegas, a massively successful record label, tour and his own 'festival' or sorts with the DIRTYBIRD BBQ, Vonstroke's career is now in hyperdrive. From his early days as an 11 year old with a 4 track recorder to internationally known and respected DJ/Producer/Artist and entrepeneur, Barclay Crenshaw, better known as electronic dance music producer Claude VonStroke, invited GRAMMYPRO into his home studio in Venice, CA. for an exclusive interview. VonStroke…

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Two For Tuesday | Orville Kline

Two For Tuesday Spotlight on Orville Kline Chicago's known for a lot of things. Food, our skyline, our Cubs, the Blackhawks, 2005 World Champion White Sox, night life, theater, DJS, house music, trance music and more. Our Two For Tuesday feature focuses in on DJS, festivals and artists like a lazer. For this feature, we focus on one of Chicago's biggest names, Orville Kline. Orville interviewed Tommy Lee for us late last year, check that interview out HERE. Orville was also featured on one of our Backspin segments from last year. Orville is NOT just another DJ. Being a musician…

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Two For Tuesday | Phobik

Two For Tuesday Spotlight on our resident DJ Phobik Chicago's known for a lot of things. Food, our skyline, our Cubs, the Blackhawks, 2005 World Champion White Sox, night life, theater, DJS, house music, trance music and more. Our Two For Tuesday feature focuses in on DJS, festivals and artists like a lazer. For this feature, we'll focus on one of our own resident DJS, DJ Phobik with two of his mixes on demand. Each week Phobik is featured on our CLUBHEAD LIVE stream every Friday night at 10PM CT on our Altered State show. Phobik brings a killer blend…

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Vinyl Masters Series: Chicago’s Vinnie Accardo

Vinyl Masters: Watch Vinnie Accardo master the craft of DJ'ing performing all vinyl set Chicago is the home for House music. Vinnie Accardo has been on the scene for over 20 years now and a master of craft. On Saturday night at Nine30Ten in Berwyn, IL., it was an all vinyl night and it was all about the old school as Accardo celebrated his birthday behind the turntables. Check out a portion of his set and see what's it's like to really 'mix', 'ride' that strobe work that muthaf*cka. Find more information about Vinnie and his No Ratz DJ team…

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Artist Spotlight: EONS

Electronic dance music has roots going back over 40 years now. From the early uses of Giorgio Moroder to Kraftwerk, Gino Soccio, Denis & Denis Le Page and Stevie Wonder in the 70's to house music of Chicago that is the basis for all house music today to synth-pop from artists like Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yaz and more. Paying homage to that early electronic synth-pop sound while still creating and maintaining their own identity is EONS, a duo from Miami FL. With a new EP titled Serene Machine, EONS delivers warm, familiar sounds of past synth-pop glory modernized just enough…

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Artist Spotlight: HeavyGrinder

Long a favorite around here and obviously over 1,000,000 others, HeavyGrinder can throw down hard. Check out the interview we did with her back in 2013 below. EDMAmericaTV - RENCARN8 catches up with DJ... by EDMAmericaTV She's come a long way since that interview, a native of Seattle, HeavyGrinder currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a full time celebrity DJ. At age thirteen, she began to actively pursue her love of music and being on center stage by taking up vocal training and modeling. After years of traveling, she made her way to LA in 1998. It was…

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Welcome To The 8-Bit Future, With Poly Pines [Artist Spotlight]

This next artist, who goes by the moniker of Poly Pines, is as fresh as they come. Wielding a mind-boggling 675 followers on SoundCloud as of this morning, it is a true wonder why more people haven't heard his refreshingly unique approach to electronic music. "I just want to make people happy," Mr. Pines states in the description on his page. Well, he certainly made this electronic music fanatic happy with his glitched, 8-Bit references to some of the most classic video game titles in history. If you are like most EDM listeners, you grew up in a generation that was…

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All You Need To Do Is SMLE [Artist Spotlight]

Whenever I listen to any of the tunes from this next artist, SMLE, I can't help but notice that this producer has an overwhelming sense of musicality, unlike any other producer I have come across. While most electronic producers rely on the popularity of other EDM tracks for their own remixes, SMLE has decided to step out of the box a bit, producing Future Bass remixes to pretty much any genre imaginable. From Alicia Keys to Michael Bublé, from Gwen Stefani to Train, from T-Pain to Owl City, it would appear that there isn't a style of music that SMLE cannot spin…

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Artist Spotlight: StéLouse

This next enigmatic, neo-futuristic producer by the name of Ross Ryan is unlike any other EDM musician whose sound I’ve been fortunate enough to sonically indulge myself in. Utilizing his years of experience in studying and creating music (both on the computer and in various bands), StéLouse, pronounced “Stay Loose,” has hybridized a unique stylistic approach to production that I simply adore. I feel as if his music possess a certain quality that many claim is the lacking factor in most EDM productions, and that is the idea of “soul.” Not only do his impeccably unique tunes sound good, but…

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Artist Spotlight | Kasbo [Future Beauty]

Coming from one of the biggest Dubstep (and overall heavy, bass-driven music) fanatics, yours truly of course – it was rather difficult to make the transition to a more downtempo, Hip-Hop influenced type of production method. Considering that a handful of my own friends simply wouldn't stop playing artists like Flume, Cashmere Cat and 123mrk, it would seem I was destined to groove straight into a style of music that I was previously too closed-minded to even give a chance on my own. Today, a large smattering of Electronic Dance Music producers possess their own unique approach when it comes to creating these…

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Artist Spotlight | Dirt Monkey [Dubstep Is What?]

Sadly, due to various circumstances, one of which includes an increase in the accessibility of production related materials (DAWs, plug-ins, YouTube training videos, etc.) and thusly, a spike in the number of unqualified producers flooding the scene. I now find the unfortunate phrase “dubstep is dead” appearing in much higher frequencies, from all corners of the EDM-o-sphere. With an over-saturated market producing less that average tunes, I certainly understand the frustration coming from current and former fans of this perhaps “endangered” production method. Despite the fact that I will unabashedly admit to being a tremendous fan of this particular genre,…

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Juno Reactor Premiere: “Invisible (Ritmo Remix)”

Goa Trance/Electronica master Juno Reactor is preparing release the highly anticipated companion album to The Golden Sun of the Great East, The Golden Sun... Remixed, featuring remixes from Extrawelt, GMS, Bliss, Ritmo, Zeologic, Cylon, Modus, Tortured Brain, and Jitter June, 2015 via the legendary Metropolis Records.  Check out "Invisible (Ritmo Remix)", a Psy Trance reinterpretation of the Middle Eastern inspired original track.  With a pulsating bassline and ethereal vocals, "Invisible (Ritmo Remix)" is a stand out on this masterpiece album! With The Golden Sun… Remixed, Juno Reactor presents a companion album to its most recent opus, The Golden Sun Of The Great East. An exotic mix of reinterpretations, this stunning…

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Artist Spotlight: DANi iVORY

While a new name for many of you, she's not new to the music industry. DANi iVORY has worked behind the scenes as an in demand singer and musician. While her work has been heard by millions, her name recognition is about to catch up with that number. Recently added to our HOUSE NATIONHouse Nation Channel channel, Pittsburgh native, D A N i comes equipped with a voice that can fit house music, rock and more. Growing up a Steelers fan, DANi was also a fan of a wide variety of music including classical. Her body of work highlights her…

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NGHTMRE: Beats and Bad Dreams

It's pitch black. You awake in a confused state, struggling to breathe as beads of sweat drip down the back of your neck. A bitter chill fires down the length of your spinal cord as incandescent lights illuminate the room around you. Your pupils shrink to the size of pinholes as awkward, shadowy figures continually jostle you from all directions. All of sudden you begin to hear the echoes of a gargantuan speaker system blasting bass from a raised stage in the back of the room. No it's not a bad dream. It's not a nightmare, but rather, it's NGHTMRE. See the difference yet?…

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