Entries by Lydia Castillo

Opinion: Why A Women-Only Music Festival Does Nothing Long-Term

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness month and while the media’s focus has been on sexual predator and recognized American film producer, Harvey Weinstein, people on Facebook and Twitter have been sharing personal sexual assault stories with the hashtag #MeToo. Unfortunately, the festival culture has contributed to this problem. In 2015, a Coachella festival attendee proudly wore […]

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 […]