DJRC

I am simply a dj. These days so many producers are being referred to as djs and they’re not. I am not remixing, doing mashups, or spending hours perfectly mapping my set in Ableton. What I’m doing is discovering music by incredibly creative artists and playing those songs out, hopefully taking the audience on a multi-genré journey. That’s what I want to be known for—a selector of fresh, good music across multiple genrés.

 

When and where were you born?
1973
Arlington Heights, IL

Where do you currently live and work?
I live on the North side of Chicago. I play at venues like Lincoln Hall, Double Door, City Winery, Bottom Lounge, and House of Blues, plus clubs like Slippery Slope and Delilah’s to festivals like Taste of Randolph, Baconfest, and North Coast Music Fest.

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How long have you been practicing your craft?
25 years. My first dj gig was an 8th grade dance in a gymnasium.

What inspires you?
Musicians, artists, producers, and djs. 

DJRC : Listed #001 by Djrc on Mixcloud

How would you describe your style
/approach?
I am simply a dj. These days so many producers are being referred to as djs and they’re not. I am not remixing, doing mashups, or spending hours perfectly mapping my set in Ableton. What I’m doing is discovering music by incredibly creative artists and playing those songs out, hopefully taking the audience on a multi-genré journey. That’s what I want to be known for—a selector of fresh, good music across multiple genrés. The best compliment I can get is when someone comes up to the dj booth and asks: “What is this?”

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What has been a defining moment in your career?
In 2004 I started a weekly funk night at AliveOne in Chicago, which continues to this day. In 2010, I left AO in order to explore my style at various other venues around Chicago, such as being booked as support for bands. This has given me the opportunity to not only play different music from show to show, but also to be billed with artists I really admire. George Clinton with Parliament/Funkadelic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Alice Russell & TM Juke, Aloe Blacc, Trombone Shorty, Shuggie Otis and the list goes on. And of course being a part of the Chicago music scene is amazing! There are so many talented artists here and I’ve had the pleasure to be billed with a ton of them.

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What are your future plans?
Bigger and better! I constantly have ideas of new residencies, projects, and shows. 

Can you leave us with some parting words or advice?
Always be open to new sounds, ideas, and mediums. Oh, and food always brings in a happy audience, especially bacon!

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Where can people learn more about you and purchase your work?
funkandsoulrevue.com
djrclovesyou.tumblr.com
facebook.com/djrclovesyou
twitter.com/DJRC
mixcloud.com/funkandsoul
soundcloud.com/funkandsoulrevue

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