aka DJ Pascale
Andrew Pascale (DJ Pascale) grew up in the Chicago music scene with Technics 1200′s and drum machines. He’s been performing on stages across Illinois and surrounding states as a DJ, beat producer, vocalist and drummer since his early teens. In his 15 years of experience, Pascale has played at a diverse range of venues and events and has opened for industry heavy hitters such as Snoop Dogg and De La Soul. His wide range of experience and eclectic musical taste has made him an ace of many styles and instilled a passion for bringing any party to life. You can see Pascale playing at an array of Chicago hot spots and his current DJ residencies include Sushi Samba, W Hotel and Filini.
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Bethany is our Operations Manager by day, and a party-rockin’ DJ by night. Though she’s a ten year veteran behind the decks, Bethany rarely performs at Style Matters events solo. Rather, she acts as an assistant to the rest of the DJs on the team. And when she’s not working the turntables, this free spirit is usually the first person on the dance floor, and the last to leave. Raised in the south, she’s got eclectic tastes that range from Dolly Parton to A$AP Rocky, and Lana Del Ray to The Beatles. Her broad and impressive range of musical knowledge has attracted a wide range of fans, and with The Bond Music Group booking her for parties all over the world, she rarely has any down time but still manages to release DJ mixes regularly. Never one to take herself too seriously, Bethany is the life of the party, but at the same time has a very keen business sense that keeps the company running smoothly.
aka DJ Mass Transit
DJ MassTransit (aka. Chris Nergaard) grew-up on the Northside of Chicago and has been a fixture on the Chicago night life scene since the late 1990’s. With two CPS Music Teachers as parents his musically-focused family helped expose him to many styles of music in a very diverse environment.
During his formative years MassT studied Sociology and Afro-American Studies (with a Senior Thesis on African-American music) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which eventually led him to obtaining a Masters degree in Social Work at UIC. It was through these experiences that DJ MassTransit developed a deep understanding of music’s power mobilizing social change and bringing people together by creating energy on the dance floor. His craftiness, unbridled passion and sharp eye for detail evolved into a unique flexibility mixing with emotion and connecting with diverse audiences worldwide.
MassTransit DJ’s a wide variety of music in all of its forms—from Motown and classic 70’s soul and funk to tasteful Top 40, deep disco, boogie, house, old school hip-hop and beyond. As co-founder of RefriedBeats, a 5 1/2-year Saturday night residency at Ten56 w/ live freestyle sessions from some of Chicago best party MC’s, MassTransit has long established his voice in the local music scene. MassTransit has also held long-time DJ residencies throughout Chicago including The Darkroom, Subterranean, Cole’s Bar, Tonic Room, Lava Lounge, Bungalow Lounge, InnJoy, Jerry’s Music Room, The Morseland, and Murasaki Sake Lounge and has had the opportunity to deejay hundreds of weddings and special events all over the world.
A DJ ever since we can remember, Duke is also one of the most talented music journalists we’ve ever met. You may recognize his name from the NewCity Chicago Newspaper, where he was Editor for the Clubs Section for many years. Or, you may have seen some of his work online for Resident Advisor, or printed in BPM magazine, where he’s had the chance to interview artists like James Murphy, ADULT., Peter Hook, Tiefschwarz, and DJ Spooky. Duke has been DJing around the city for eight years, and along with his uncanny ability to discover cutting-edge new artists, he has one of the most impressive classic dance floor-filling collections we’ve ever seen. One of the most technically skilled DJs on the roster, Duke has been billed alongside such acts as Nouvelle Vague, TV On The Radio, Holy Ghost!, The Aliens, Seth Troxler, and M.A.N.D.Y. Check out his podcast for a slew of different club mixes he’s recorded over the years.
aka DJ Mr. D
With over twenty years of djing experience, Dustin has enjoyed music for most of his awake hours. During his teens he collected records inspired from his experiences breakdancing, and he was influenced by his parents eclectic record collection of funk, soul, jazz, rock, reggae, hip-hop, house, Latin, African and pop. Eventually he studied music (and art) at Columbia College, where he also began playing trombone. In the mid to late 90′s Dustin djed, mc-ed, and played trombone (and recorded 2 albums) with the funk-rock-hip-hop Chicago band Boogie Shoes while touring 200 shows a year with the bands FISHBONE, Digital Underground, The Mighty Blue Kings, Outkast, Kid Rock, A Flock of Seagulls, Rubberroom, Johnny Socko, The Blue Meanies, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and others. Though at one point his focus was to create original music, Dustin has always craved to collect and play music of all genres from â€˜classic party rockersâ€™ to lesser known ‘underground’ releases. This philosophy can be heard in his dj sets, which embrace many different styles. With many house parties, loft parties, and bedroom sets to account for, Dustin has spun and maintained residencies in and around Chicago for over ten years. The Metro, The House of Blues, The Elbo Room, Double Door, Goodbar, Spoon, The Morseland, and The Note, are a few of the clubs he has played in, while also being hired for skateboarding and X-Game type events by Skullcandy, Red Bull, Etnies, Boost Mobile, Zumiez, Hometown Heroes, and Tech Deck as well. Dustin prides himself in providing great music for any event, and maintains a busy schedule in doing so. For a more in-depth look at Dustin, check out his website.
Hailing from a family of musicians and a town known for its music culture, Konsept was entrenched in Lawrence, Kansas’ music scene as a DJ and Promoter for close to a decade before heading to Chicago. It’s a history that allows him to bring something new to the turntable – and with residencies at Studio Paris, Sub 51, Cuvee, Nacional 27 and Scarlet Bar, thousands are given the chance to hear it.
His style varies, from the latest cutting edge tunes to forgotten favorites to future hits. Konsept fuses many different genres from hip-hop to House and the requisite Top 40. He’s also been known to rock doo wop, funk, soul, as well as work of his own; he produces both original music and remixes. Comfortable fusing genres or playing it straight, Konsept is an unstoppable force behind the decks. And he makes people move. Every time.
With years of experience under his belt and gigs the world over, Konsept can assess and address the needs of any crowd. He isn’t there to create background buzz; he enhances, morphs, revitalizes. And he could do the same for you. What a concept.
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Meet Jake: A fresh addition to the Style Matters team. As an up-and-coming DJ in Chicago’s underground dance scene, he spends all of his time searching for tomorrow’s hottest cuts. Jake has an exceptional knowledge of music after nearly 10 years of experience as a DJ. From hip-hop to disco, and pop to indie, you will struggle to find a genre of music that he hasn’t explored. With technical skills to match his depth as a selector, he is always ready to get moving with the crowd.
After two national tours in 2011, Jake can’t wait to dig his teeth into the scene at home again. Whether he’s playing deep in the basement at Smart Bar, or going big with a sold out show at Lincoln Hall, there isn’t a dance floor in Chicago that he hasn’t been able to shake. He tends to be pretty busy around the city, but his passion for music doesn’t end at the club or the record store; He also helps manage a house music record label that still presses and globally distributes their music on vinyl. For Jake, there is nothing better than sharing musical experiences with new friends.
Born near Chicago in the early days of Hip Hop, Jason Deuchler, better known as DJ Intel, was shaped by the burgeoning hip hop scene. Fascinated by turntablism at an early age, the young DJ began perfecting his craft on his brothers turntables and mixer in the early 90’s. Following in the footsteps of such Chicago DJ legends such as Twilite Tone and Jesse de la Pena, he quickly made a name for himself as he played house parties and B-boy battles across The Midwest. While DJ Intel still holds down the decks for B-boy battles, his scope and style have evolved into a force to be reckoned with. Sharing the stage and holding his own with Hip Hop legends such as Lupe Fiasco, Afrika Bambaataa, Wu-Tang Clan, ?love, and 3 time world DMC champion DJ Qbert, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. DJ Intel has also played with many groundbreaking electronic dance music greats, including Amon Tobin, Calvin Harris, Nero, as well as The Prodigy, among others. DJ Intel has held residencies throughout Chicago and has worked everything from Charitable events to store openings to fashion shows. Some of his past clients have included Adidas, Red Bull, Scion, AT&T and Microsoft. DJ Intel has also graced the stages of several major music events including Lollapalooza, North Coast, Spring Awakening and SXSW. Keep up @ http://thedjintel.com
Always a huge lover of music, Joel aka DJ Trilogy, was fortunate to grow up with parents and family who played the best in funk, soul, jazz, latin, etc. At an early age, he simply listened and appreciated the gift that was given. With that knowledge, becoming a DJ as a teenager gave him the opportunity to give back and train ears. Joel is an open format DJ, able to jump into any type of event and give his crowd a wildly memorable experience. Being a full time DJ for almost fifteen years now, Trilogy currently performs six nights a week at Chicago’s hottest spots. ”Coming from the era of lugging records through crowded venues makes me really appreciate the work I put in to be where am today.”, says Alba. Traveling has also been a great perk of the job, rocking sets in Texas, Florida, Mexico, North Carolina, Miami, P.R. Toronto Canada, Las Vegas, San Diego, and L.A. Trilogy has played parties for Pepsi, Boost, Coke, Don Julio, Hennessy, and Scion to name a few. With two decades of experience slaying dance floors, we couldn’t be happier to have him as a part of the Style Matters family.
John Simmons is a dynamic people mover with almost two decades of experience on the turntables. The son of a well-known Chicago DJ, he was influenced early in life by the soulful sounds and technical savvy of his father. John began to cut his chops as early as age eleven, spinning for family get togethers and school gatherings. He worked his first wedding at the age of sixteen. Having a solid foundation in Soul, R&B, Jazz, Disco, and early Hip-Hop, John became immersed in the early 1990s by the dance/electronic music produced by many Chicago and New York artists that was spun by DJs on the radio and at local parties. By the mid-1990s he had already begun to make a name for himself in Chicago’s thriving underground party scene. John has played at a countless number of weddings, private events, nightclubs, restaurants and live music venues in Chicago, throughout the United States, and internationally. John has been able to gain some international touring experience while touring Germany with members of the “Soul Foundation” House music collective and also while touring multiple European countries working as road manager for dance/electronic music dj/producer Green Velvet aka Cajmere. Some of the major cities outside of Chicago that John has played include New York, Miami, San Francisco, Detroit, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Cairo, Egypt. John has been able to further connect with and influence local music enthusiasts as a music buyer at local record shops Hot Jams, Supreme, and Wax Addict. John has had many weekly residencies at nightclubs, restaurants and lounges in Chicago, some of which have lasted for several years. John currently spins at Salud Tequila Lounge on Fridays, Crocodile Lounge on third Thursdays, and at People Tapas Lounge on fourth Saturdays. He also spins regularly at many other local venues, including Simone’s, Darkroom, and The Whistler.
This iconic Chitown party rocker is the official DJ for Young Chicago Authors, as well as some of Chicago’s most talented MCs like Rhymefest, 1773, and Kevin Coval. Itchie has shared the stage with such reputable acts as DJ Kool Herc, Clyde Stubblefield, Matt & Kim, Koko Taylor, Grammy-winning bluesman Billy Branch, Common, Guru of Gangstarr (RIP!), Wiz Khalifa, Little Brother, Dead Prez, Far East Movement, People Under the Stairs, Flobots, and Blacksheep. He’s performed at every major museum and venue in Chicago including Milllenium Park, The Chicago Theatre, House of Blues, and The Metro. Itchie’s insatiable hunger for music has swollen the reformed hip hop purist’s record collection to belly busting proportions…somebody get this guy on that Hoarders TV show! You might hear rock, reggae, disco, funk, soul, pop, house, Latin, broken beat, and many other styles in his sets. You can catch him every Friday at Easy Bar on Division and you can check out his Facebook page for mixes and upcoming events. We couldn’t be happier to have Justin on our team.
aka Kid Color
Kyle Woods, otherwise known as Kid Color, is a DJ and producer residing in Chicago by way of Corona del Mar, CA. He’s performed with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Derrick Carter, DJ Harvey, Busy P, Holy Ghost!, Cut Copy, Lindstrøm among other notable artists.
Chicago lives in the heart of Larry Miller. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Larry has
always had art and music pumping in his veins. He is a talented painter, D.J., MC & nightlife
His journey as an artist started when he was chosen to paint a mural with Keith Haring at the age
of 15. From that time onward he was driven to make imagery. This eventually led him to Brooklyn
NY where he attended Pratt Institute. Upon returning to Chicago Larry began experimenting with
his other love, music. He formed a hip hop group & opened up for national talents such as
Redman, The Beatnuts, De La Soul, Souls of Mischief, Digable Planets & more. He eventually
started hosting open mic nights around the city and became known as a formidable master of
Larry’s love of music made it easy for him to gravitate towards deejaying. Currently he can be
found in some of Chicago’s more swanky establishments playing a plethora of different genres
which he seamlessly blends into a mix for all to enjoy.
Diversely decadent and never predictable, DJ/producer Marco Morales has made a habit of jocking audiences on a smorgasbord of sweet beats that skew from hip hop, rock and pop to house, electro and soul. Morales’ crates run deep, delving into reggae, R&B, B-More and more—making him one of the most varied selectors on Chicago’s scene. Much more than a DJ, Morales first earned his professional name as a skilled turntablist when he was 17. He took early inspiration from his father’s vinyl collection of funk, soul and disco before putting his own spin on the sound under the moniker of “The Hustler.” The late ’90s saw him entering and winning dozens of Chicago-based DJ competitions that showcased both his trickery on the decks and the depth of his crates.
After honing his skills at the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Sao Paul, Brazil, Morales would go onto claim top prize in spin offs including: Chicago’s Golden DJ Battle, The Real Productions Battle, and the Projekt Revolutions Battled, hosted by Grammy-Award winning artists Linkin’ Park. His prowess on decks landed him an opening DJ spot in front of a crowd of 11,000 later that year, and eventually led to guest DJing spot on Chicago’s “Jenny Jones Show.”
With all the advancements in technology in recent years, Marco hasn’t forgotten his roots. “Sure, there’s a big difference in how music is played in this post-vinyl era of DJing—sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse,” he says. “I loved those vinyl days of DJing and I want to show that in every set I do.”
If music is a universal language, then Madrid Perry is its global linguist. With one of the first mixes he recorded, Madrid captured the coveted position of Resident DJ for Virgin Megastore Chicago, a position he occupied for six years. While there, he endlessly explored the vast and eclectic Virgin Music library, pulling in music from around the world. His wide ranging tastes flourished and matured exponentially, as he crisscrossed the spectrums of music by decades, genres and rhythms.
Other brands approached him and engaged his help in expanding, enhancing and diversifying the marketability of their own brand identities. Madrid’s own trademark is his talent. He plays music that makes people feel cool; it embraces, excites and unites people of every age, interest, and background all around the world. Whether he is playing at a private palace in Turkey, an exclusive event in Buenos Aires, The World DJ Conference in Korea, or an intimate lounge in Paris, Madrid’s exceptional talents, sophisticated style, and contagious excitement are exactly what has attracted his many clients. A few of these are Louis Vuitton, Ferrari, Bentley, Vogue Magazine, GQ Magazine, Virgin, YSL, DVF, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Menil Collection Houston and Oprah Winfrey.
Madrid welcomes the worldwide travels he has shared with his clients as opportunities to discover and study the music and history of the places he visits. What he finds on these important journeys is fascinating and unforgettable sound, and the rich mixes he creates as a result are distinctly and unmistakably DJ Madrid.
It started with a piano when she was four. She moved her way through band camp, punk bands, the rave era, and dance clubs until she found herself behind two turntables and a microphone. It’s been a long journey from DJing in a small suburb of Chicago to the seedy nightlife of Las Vegas to the balmy beaches of Mexico. Margot Elizabeth, also known as Diskokitty in the music industry, has grown to be a turntablist among DJs. Margot has a vast knowledge of genres and knows how to read her crowd and environment extremely well. She is the DJ to call when you need someone to keep a finicky crowd on the dance floor. Margot has held residencies at many of Chicago’s well known night clubs as well as thrown her own themed nights. She has played at events for some of Chicago’s finest museums and has even made appearances on Chicago radio stations and public access television stations. Margot has also had the opportunity to DJ with some of the world’s most coveted DJs and has been featured in several articles and magazines. You never really know where you’ll see Margot DJ next, it could be spinning 45’s at the next vinyl night she finds or for a crowd of 1000’s at your next festival. One thing is certain, people will be dancing and asking themselves “Where did she find that remix?”
aka Fancy Boy
Neighborhood DJ, record collector, pop-culture fan, amateur chef, beer snob and bike ride enthusiast, Matt enjoys the art of moving the dance floor and getting lost in the groove.
Matt’s love affair with music started early on through the absorption of his father’s eclectic record collection, playing in various garage bands and making bedroom “mix tapes” using local radio stations as his medium. Growing up outside of Chicago looking in, Matt made the move to the Windy City in 2008 and never turned back. With a thirst for live music and good times, he hurled himself into the nightlife scene as a head-bobbing spectator always looking for the after party. This is where he found his love and appreciation for the DJ.
Fashionably late to the party, Matt has developed his technical skill and music knowledge with a sponge like quality and never sticking to one genre of music for very long. He has held down residencies at The Burlington, Bar Deville and Bonny’s (R.I.P.) where he hosted Soul Motion, spinning weekly six-hour marathon sets of funk, soul and hip-hop. A new addition to the Style Matters crew, Matt is excited to work along side some of the very DJ’s who inspired him to slap on the ear goggles and get busy.
aka Max Abstrax
Max’s career in music started at age six, when he began classical piano lessons. At thirteen he bought his first synthesizer (a Roland D-50!), and to this day continues piano performance and electronic music production. He earned his Music Degree in 1999 from Wabash College, and also studied in London for Electronic Music Composition. After school he went to work for Sweetwater Sound, where he built a client roster including artists like Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Wonder, Moody Blues, and John Fogerty. Max also works as a Stage Manager and Audio Producer for the Chicago Humanities Festival. His favorite moment of the last five years since first working with the festival was as Stage Manager for a sold out lecture by The Simpson’s creator Matt Groening where he had ample time to hang out with one of his all time heroes. Max is incredibly knowledgeable not only with a plethora of different types of music, but also working a wide variety of high profile events. Throughout the year, Max is an instructor with Chicago’s teen apprenticeship program, After School Matters. What does he teach, you ask? DJ’ing, of course! It is literally After School Style Matters.
aka Nate Manic
Nate Manic’s presence on the Midwest dance scene can be described as nothing less than ubiquitous, with hundreds of appearances at the region’s best venues and events over a career spanning 15+ years. Always setting high goals and looking to the future, he continues to be a respected member of Chicago and the Midwest’s history with significant contributions to it’s dance community. Originally from a small town south of Green Bay WI, Nate first discovered dance music through a year-long exchange program to Germany. Already a child wiz who learned to play organ at 2, sing at 11 and play guitar at 13, he fell in love with the sound and made it a point to learn as much about this burgeoning culture as possible. Upon return, Nate furthered his musical education through a 4-year, full-tuition music scholarship for voice to UW-Madison. Though Nate has been with Style Matters since day one, in October of 2009 everything changed as he was named the new Music Director for the Chicago institution, Smart Bar. Since then he has striven to book a wide range of talented and deserving artists both locally and from around the world and hold the bar high for this highly-esteemed club. Due to his hectic schedule at Smartbar, Nate only plays a small number of Style Matters events. Still, Nate has played an important role in our company’s growth. If he happens to be available on your wedding date, you’re in for a real treat.
aka DJ Trew
With a love for performing that began in grade school when using two tape decks to spin basement parties, DJ TREW’s main aim is to weave a common thread through seemingly disparate genres. Drawing inspiration from the early 1980s NYC art/music world, he believes no genre is off limits, no collaboration too outlandish. Honing his chops during the 1990s Rave & Hip-Hop scenes on the East Coast (Baltimore/DC), it was Chicago’s wealth of musical and architectural history that pulled him westward in ’98. “Like most kids back then, I thought ‘Percolator’ was a Baltimore Club track. Once I found out the truth I knew this is where I was meant to be!” he exclaims. Soon after, he quit his corporate job, cashed in the 401k, and invested his entire life into music.
In a relatively short period of time, DJ TREW has performed or held residencies all across Chicagoland. Everywhere from Downtown, Pilsen, Wicker Park, Uptown, & Southside at venues like Smart Bar, Darkroom (RIP), Sonotheque (RIP), Crocodile, The Shrine, Subterranean, Double Door, Congress Theater, Abbey Pub, Beauty Bar, Evil Olive & played stages at West Fest and North Coast Music Festival. He has also been lucky enough to perform with artists like Snoop Dogg, Mayer Hawthorne, People Under The Stairs, Devlin & Darko, Nightmares On Wax, Mint Condition, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Jeremiah Jae, French Horn Rebellion, Chancellor Warhol, DJ Rupture, DJ Logic, The O’My’s, Matt Shadetek, Bobbito, JC Brooks, House of Pain, Van Hunt, Jneiro Jarel, Devin the Dude, Bonobo, Cut Chemist, Quantic, Currensy, Afrika Bambaataa, MF Doom, Mos Def and dozens more.
While not DJing he co-owns Ground Lift Media – an event production & experiential marketing company, is 1/2 of the DJ/Production group Altered Tapes, does freelance design for numerous Chicago venues, and is deep into vinyl excavation having amassed thousands of rare Soul, Funk, Disco, & Jazz records.
Noah Casser, AKA Weaponry, has been digging for records for as long as he can remember. An avid collector of both new and old vinyl, Weap is constantly scouring the world’s records stores looking for hidden gems. The depth of Weap’s collection is apparent when hearing one of his sets, which often includes grooves ranging from all the way from current pop and hip hop to classic disco. A regular at nightlife spots all over Chicago, Weap is doing his part to expose audiences to fresh and exciting music – whether that music was produced last week or decades ago. After moving to Chicago in 2007 Weaponry immediately injected himself into Chicago’s nightlife culture, securing residencies at Debonair Social Club and People Lounge in Wicker Park. Since then Weaponry has shared audiences with internationally renowned DJs and producers such as James Murphy, Treasure Fingers and Tiger & Woods. He was also the curator of the monthly Glue party at <now defunct> Bonny’s in Logan Square, one of the best nights for deep and gritty disco and house sounds in Chicago.
aka Major Taylor
Musician, producer, composer, party rockin’ turntablist, club DJ, man-about town, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, and avid comic book enthusiast. Anyone that knows him will tell you that Major Taylor has no shortage of ideas or endeavors. His latest is to be one of the world’s greatest wedding DJs. Growing up in the Philadelphia’s rich music scene, he honed his skills as a songwriter and performer in several bands around the area. His love of fringe music culture, hip hop and reggae nurtured his interest in turntablism, eventually prompting him to become a DJ in the late 90′s. Sharing the decks with people like Jazzy Jeff, Cosmo Baker & Dj Cash Money, he sought to establish himself as a recognizable talent in Philly’s hip hop community. However, his desire to express himself and his eclectic musical roots would not allow him to be tethered to any one genre, so he eventually started his own series of genre-less parties. Now in Chicago, Ralph composes music for independent films and has quickly become one of the most sought after jocks in the city. Referred to as “The DJ for folks that love to dance but don’t like nightclubs” by the Chicago Tribune, his eclectic style, extensive music knowledge, and technical acumen make him ideal for any event. Be it bhangra, rock, hip hop, punk, reggae, ska, pop, funk, or dance classics from the 50′s to today, Major Taylor will put it together with unique style and finesse.
Rio Anderson (aka. Red Rum Rio) is a Chicago raised DJ/Producer who has never met a dance floor he couldn’t fill. Coming from a line of professional musicians, Rio developed his love for music at an early age. As a teenager, Rio started producing and writing his own music, often experimenting with sound.
In 2008, Rio began throwing and promoting his own parties as his brand “WTF: We’re The Future”. Wildly successful, his following grew, his “playlists” became more and more elaborate. Since then he’s packed dance floors all over Chicago and beyond with his signature sound weaving through multiple genres and styles seamlessly. His ability to convey his sensibilities through his mixes make him sublime; an artist with an infinite canvas. Rio is quickly becoming a staple in the Chicago DJ scene. He is also working on new production projects slated to be released soon.
As a professional DJ spinning virtually every weekend the past fourteen years in Chicago’s best lounges, clubs, and bars, Ryan gets the people on the floor…and keeps them there. Although he cut his teeth on funk and soul, Ryan’s repertoire quickly expanded to include hip hop, rock, and rare grooves. Now, after countless hours spent behind the decks and scouring the world’s finest record shops, Ryan’s eclectic style defies classification. His encyclopedic knowledge, vast catalog of music, and uncanny ability to sense the pulse of the audience are traits that have kept Ryan in high demand on the urban nightclub and private party circuits. Some career highlights thus far include: a seven-year residency as DJ and Music Director at Katacomb; extended residences at Le Passage (voted best retro night in the Red Eye), Landmark, and RiNo; VIP reception for U2 concert at the United Center ; New Year’s Eve in Athens, Greece; and numerous appearances at Chicago’s House of Blues for pre and post concert events. Ryan was also a founding member of the band Ghost Pilot, playing drums in various smokey, booze-soaked venues across the city from 2002-2007.
Tim is a 25 year vet behind the decks and one of the most musically obsessed DJs we’ve ever met. His longest standing residency (15 years!) is at one of the largest running nights in the Midwest. Based near Champaign, IL, Tim regularly plays in the Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis markets. He also travels to Detroit, Madison, and Milwaukee. Wedding reception locations in the past include everything from a third generation family barn to the 95th floor of the Hancock Building. Besides wedding receptions, Tim also takes his mixing skills to the kids at high school dances/proms and charity work including the MDA and others. His musical style is a variety, and it shows in specialty club nights that include everything from top 40 pop to house, to 80’s and 90’s themed events. His resume includes playing Summer Camp music festival, and opening for ?uestlove, Rusko, and Dan the Automator. A continual student of the music industry, he has worked in and owned a music store for over 20 years. Want your mind to be blown? Ask him about his collection of vinyl. Tim has also shared his wide breadth of knowledge as a guest lecturer at Eastern Illinois University.
aka DJ T
Having grown up in a house where music was omnipresent, Tom’s love affair with various soundscapes started at a very early age. So early, in fact, that he would mark his parents’ favorite records with a star because he was still too young to read or write. Tom’s first live concert experience was the Beach Boys but it wasn’t until some years later at an early 90′s hip hop show that Tom realized that he too was destined to perform. While attending Purdue, he started writing rhymes and making beats, fast forward to Chicago and he started doing shows around town. At venues like Schuba’s, The Hideout, The Rainbo Club, Nevins, and others, performing both as an emcee as well as DJ. With an immediate positive response to the DJing aspect of his performances, he started to focus his efforts on cleverly programming party rockin’ DJ sets. Venue owners quickly took notice of Tom’s unique skills, and he’s now held several residencies at various Chicago hot spots.
Back in the early 90’s, DJ Teebot started making mix tapes, and those early mixes opened the door to playing college parties and local radio stations. By the close of the decade he was playing at some of Chicago’s premier music venues, including The Metro, House of Blues, Park West Theatre, Funky Buddha Lounge, Zentra, Sub T, The Note, Double Door, Danny’s, and Morseland. Today, DJ Teebot’s music collection consists of Motown, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Rap, Pop, Alternative, House, Latin, Afrobeat, and World Music– genres collected and perfected over the course of 20 years. DJ Teebot describes his style as “soulful blends with a hint of turntablism”.
You can check out Teebot’s mixes at: https://www.mixcloud.com/
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A classically trained violinist since four, Style Matters’ lead man would be lost without the guidance of sound. A beat nut since the very beginning, he’s been spinning records since his formative teenage years. His musical interests span from contemporary electronic funk to classical compositions centuries old. As one-third of popular DJ collective Orchard Lounge, he tours the country regularly (with recent stops at both Lollapalooza and Coachella), pushing futuristic new sounds to the open-minded masses. He was chosen as BPM magazine’s Next On the Decks grand prize winner for his “Land of Nod” downtempo mix, has performed on NPR and at world famous venues like Red Rocks Ampitheatre, The Fillmore Theatre, Pritzger Pavilion, and The Bean in Millenium Park. He was also recently mentioned in the Arts section of the New York Times. Spencer and his wife, Bethany, opened their own private event space in WestTown called Ovation (Ovation Chicago ) in late 2014. Ovation recently sky rocketed from #61 to #2 on Yelp’s list of Chicago’s Best Venues & Event Spaces. It’s home base for the entire Style Matters collective, and a blank canvas for all of their creative endeavors.
Although he may be a man of few words, Travas Machel aka Pr3-frosh is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets. A veteran DJ for over a decade, Travas has playedfor the big-wigs and the ankle biters, although he would most-likely down play that fact if you were to ask. He has played with artists such as Debbie Deb, Bone Thugs &Harmony, Flosstradamus ,Tittsworth and Bottin to name just a few. With an eclectic style, Travas simply aims to get people dancing and keep them that way. Not everything can be as simple as the down-tempo & deep house he enjoys to play, but Travas makes it seem that way when he steps up. His attention to detail comes from his education and practice as a studio and life style photographer which he has turned into a life project with his art collective White Wolf Syndicate this year. An all-around rabble-rouser,Travas energizes any room with his seamless sets, smooth mixes, and intriguing track selection. In one ear and out his hands, it’s as if the music flows naturally. Always complimented on his ability to get the crowd moving, Travas is more than likely to play hits you know and others you never knew you liked.
Zebo’s sound is one of confidence and controlled frenzy, as highlighted in Newcity Magazine, where he was recently honored in their annual Music 45 issue–alongside the likes of Kanye West, Andrew Bird and The Smashing Pumpkins–as one of the top 45 musical artists in Chicago. Zebo’s journey from music lover to deck slayer started like many others before him, growing up in a suburban shadow of the big city. It’s his genuine love of music paired with incredible deck acumen that has propeled Zebo beyond the reach of all the other DJs trying to out-reference, out-cred and out-mix each other. Zebo’s not simply wearing his musical heart on his sleeve–as the WAV file tattooed on his ever-moving forearm might seem to indicate–but actually spinning dance floor gold with both his technical abilities and intuition in reading the crowd, a modern day Serato-equipped Rumpelstiltskin. Pitched-up, pitched-down, scratched-up and around, Zebo is a populist at heart, finding the redeeming values in both subterranean cool and overt pop–it’s a delicate tightrope to walk, but this DJ has the balance to pull it off.