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Czarina Mirani is the editor-in-chief of 5 Magazine. You can contact her at czarina@5chicago.com, via twitter and facebook.
Meet DJ Choco (aka G-Dubs) and Junior Rivero (aka DJ Rivero), a highly impressive duo from Washington Heights, New York that call themselves the 1200 Warriors (website, label, facebook, myspace, discogs, youtube). Their music has a funkier edge than...
Bursting onto the scene almost four years ago at the tender ages of 13 and 16, the Bronx-born Martinez Brothers have infused new blood and hope in what many see as a plateauing scene. Much hoopla has been made...
Creative people gravitate towards each other naturally, and when it comes to two artists that are known to crossover musical genres it's no surprise that House icon Cajmere and hiphop diva Kid Sister would come together. Their new track...
Ever since his debut album The World as I See It came out in 2006, Dennis Ferrer's name has been synonymous with sounds that are innovative, fresh and borderline risky, reaching success via a slow burn. His music has...
In Chicago, Bad Boy Bill (website, discogs, twitter, myspace, facebook, youtube) is best known for his mix shows on WMBX, WGCI and B96 and he is credited to being the founding father of the mixtape. With a career...
"I don't call it a party when you have to go through all that bullshit just to get inside, and then even more when you're there." Frankie Knuckles, 2009.
Hailing from Brooklyn, the multitalented three-piece band Tortured Soul is made up of bassist Jason Kriveloff (aka JKriv), keyboardist Ethan White and drummer/lead vocalist John-Christian Urich. Since interviewing them nearly three years ago for our first anniversary issue, Tortured...
NOT TOO LONG AGO, my good friends Dysqo and Rhyno called me, all hyped on a certain DJ they wanted to bring out. He uses a telephone as his headset (the old school kind) and scratches House Music better...
With roots firmly grounded in Funk, Soul, Jazz and everything in between, Spinna is one of the elite few who has been able to cross multiple genres of the musical palette with success. From the early '90s his work...
Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured mixes from legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Gene Hunt and Terry Hunter to the next...
Archived 2008 mix from The Sound Republic.
Unimpressed by the headlining DJ at Zentra one Friday night, I was about to sit down when suddenly the music shifted and so did the room's energy. Two animated guys jumped on the tables and started banging out funky,...
THE FUNKY, IRRESISTIBLE DRUMBEAT that kicks off "Touch the Sky" has graced practically every DJs' mix CD recently. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a selector without at least one Dennis Ferrer track in his playlist these...
WHILE IN NEW YORK, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with one of my musical idols, Kevin Hedge. He makes up the other half (along with Josh Milan) of the songwriting/production team Blaze. Their soulful brand of House...
What do you know about Michael Ezebukwu? One of the legendary, most obscure original Chicago House DJs mounts a comeback.
ANDRE HATCHETT IS my new party buddy. The first time I met him, he spun at my dance show at the HotHouse and blew everyone away. Fast forward three years later, I make it a point to go to...
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT the experience of hearing a live House band. The warmth, the impromptu acts of virtuosity and the electricity of the crowd can move your soul more than any prerecorded track ever could. House music, although sometimes...
HE HAS BEEN CALLED "the Miles Davis of dance music". An undisputed legend, his nearly 20 year career has brought us unforgettable hits such as "The Nervous Track", "It's Alright, I Feel It", "Beautiful People", "I Get Lifted" and...
IT BEGAN AS a young girl's poem on finding Mr. Right and turned into a song that catapulted her into instant fame. "Finally" was a Billboard #1 hit, went multi-platinum worldwide, and made CeCe Peniston a household name. Her...
EVERY PRODUCER, DJ, dancer or fanatic will tell you that House music is in their blood. DJs drag their crates from gig to gig, from city to city, passing mix tapes on anyone that will listen. Producers work the labels,...

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