Here’s some great footage from our last two DJ showcases. Our good friends at Ben Mahoney Productions put this together for us. The next showcase will be in late April.

Is it summer yet?

I have to admit, I had never heard of this group until their performance on Fallon last night. Their album, Youth, just came out yesterday and we’re thoroughly enjoying it around the Style Matters HQ today. They’re playing a sold out show at Subterranean on February 8th. I bet they’ll add another Chicago show, though. These guys are going to be absolutely massive…and a lot of their tunes are going to translate well to a dancefloor.

Highly, highly recommended.

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


Well, I guess the cat’s out of the bag.

Ever since we saw this tune pop up on the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack last summer, we had kind of hoped it would fly under the radar. We’ve been throwing it in a lot of sets since then, and we think it works particularly well as a closer…for the right kind of crowd. The song has finally started to garner attention from the mainstream masses. Maybe it’s because of their super creative marketing plan. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click on the link below to see the world’s first 24 hour music video.

If you can’t get down with Pharrell, that would make us very…unhappy.

PS-Be warned! You don’t need to listen to this song for 24 hours, but that’s how long it will stick in your head.

24 Hours Of Happy


Here’s a nice highlight video from last year’s Martha Stewart Wedding Party. Don’t blink, because at 1:30 there’s a short shot of us cuttin’ it up! We’ve been invited back again this year so come check us out on Sunday March 2nd, at the Ritz Carlton. We only do a small number of these types of functions, and if you’re currently planning your wedding, this one is well worth checking out.

Both Style Matters and Toast & Jam will be performing. Game on.

Here’s a video of Magic Cloudz performing “I Do Sing For You” in Paris last year. As he admits, it may be a little corny, but there’s something about this band’s stripped down sound that keeps bringing me back. Check out their album, Impersonator, if you haven’t already.

We’re delighted to announce that later this month, our DJs Max and Nigel will be heading up a course that teaches Chicago area teens the Art Of DJing. We’ve teamed up with Chicago Public Schools and After School Matters, and we’re currently accepting applicants between 14-18 years of age. If you have a family member or acquaintance who might be interested, please pass this flyer along.

Slow season? What slow season? We’re not resting on our laurels!

(See what I did there?)


January 6th, 2013: one of the coldest days I can remember and also the day I had to toss out a few hundred Thank You cards from 2013 clients.

Here’s to creating new memories in 2014…hopefully when the weather is just a tad warmer.


The Style Matters crew is currently throwing around the idea of taking a trip out west to hit Coachella. The Outkast reunion would be particularly special, since most of us were just thinking about starting our DJ careers when their first record came out…twenty years ago.

I. Am. For. Reeeallll.


Frigid temps got you down? Here’s a classic DJ mix by tastemaker extraordinaire, Erol Alkan. These sultry sounds should warm you right on up.

Erol Alkan – “Bugged In”


1 – Passing Through – Rare Bird
2 – Love Me Now – And The Left Handed
3 – Miss You – Concretes
4 – Willow’s Songs – Magnet ft Paul Giovanni
5 – Your Hidden Dreams – The White Noise
6 – End Of A Love Affair – Julie London
7 – Overnights – Gonzales
8 – Obsessed With Gloom – Campag Velocet
9 – Vapour Trail – Tresspasser Williams
10 – Lollipop Minds – Wimple Winch
11 – Rainbow Chaser – Nirvana
12 – Birds – M83
13 – Kushelrock – Dj Koze
14 – Love Movement – Justin Robertson presents Revtone
15 – Just An Illusion – Imagination
16 – Holland Tunnel Ride – ImpLOG
17 – Come Into My Room – Clinic
18 – Big City (Remix) – Spaceman 3

If there’s any upside to the Ice Age we’re currently in the midst of, it’s the fact that I’m getting a chance to work through my Netflix queue. I finally got around to watching “A Band Called Death” last night and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. It’s about group of brothers from Detroit in the 70’s who went against the grain (read: Motown) and started a punk band. Need I say more? Watch it immediately!

Thanks, Hercules.


We just got a new inquiry from a couple who listed 90s hip hop acts like The Pharcyde and Souls Of Mischief as artists the groom is interested in. It got me thinking about how lucky I was to come up during the golden era. And then Camp Lo’s “Luchini” popped in to my head. I probably haven’t watched this video in over a decade but it sounds just as fresh now as it did back in ’97. These guys had a style all their own (check out the neckerchief!), and the tune is simply…infectious. I don’t think we’ve ever tried it in the past, but for the right couple and their friends, this could be an incredible introduction song. Instead of choosing a tune that’s been done a million times before, take a queue from these guys and dare to be different.

Saturday night special.

For you hip hop heads out there, I also put this song on a mix I created a long time ago…

Spencer Lokken – 19 for the 90s (Explicit):