Entries by Lydia Castillo

Q&A with Matthias Meyer: His New Remix, Pacha Ibiza, and Watergate

Born in the quiet small German town of Lueneberg, near Hamburg, Matthias Meyer’s love and dedication for the hi-tech sounds of Detroit and Chicago ultimately drove him to become a prominent seven year resident of the prestigious club and brand Watergate. This October, Watergate deservedly celebrates its 15th year anniversary with an exclusive compilation where […]

Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

  It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs. Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point. Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with […]

Smartbar Chicago Announces All Women March Lineup with Heidi, Nina Kraviz, Jane Fitz

As one of the most inclusive venues in our community, Smartbar presents Daphne: Celebrating Female-Identifying Non-Binary Artists with an all-female lineup for the third year this March (Women’s History Month). The first weekend will host Elysia Crampton (live) on Friday, March 3rd; and Heidi on Saturday, March 4th. The second weekend begins with T. Mixwell on Thursday, March […]

Why The U.S.’ Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy Isn’t Working

The Failing War on Drugs During the 1960’s, “Hippies” and celebrities popularized the use of marijuana, LSD, and other drugs. “During the Civil War, troops used morphine, uppers dominated World War II, the Vietnam troops shot heroin”, and their addictions didn’t stop there, as the U.S.’ demand for drugs kept on growing. The term “War on […]