Entries by Lydia Castillo

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 […]

Music Monday: Listen to Developer’s SlamRadio 223 Mix

Let’s start Monday with a bang! Up next for this week’s recommendation we have Los Angeles-based Developer. One of the few remaining artists from LA’s 90’s techno scene, Developer has decades of experience and is now label head of his very own Modularz. The label features productions and remixes from some of his early counterparts in […]

10 Reasons Underground Dance Music Fans Shouldn’t Miss The Yuma Tent At Coachella 2017

With high anticipation and lineup speculation circling the festival, Coachella calmed the storm with the release of its star-studded 2017 line-up; confirming many of the artists we predicted earlier this year including Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead as headliners. To no surprise, the $399 general admission tickets sold out within three hours. After review of […]

5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

The legendary Awakenings is celebrating its 20th anniversary with five massive parties spanning from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 2017. To commemorate this massive event, Awakenings has partnered with Monumental Productions and, Amsterdam based publisher, Mary Go Wild to produce an anniversary book for the occasion. Most importantly and for the first time ever, the […]