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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.
Tony Touch: the original mixtape king with hundreds of mixes to date of Hip-Hop, Reggaeton and House. From his Rock Steady Crew affiliation to his work with a staggering who's who of Hip-Hop royalty, Tony Touch aka Tony Toca...
Glasgow's finest (and fittest) Mr. Ed Marco mixes 5 Magazine's New Mix Monday Vol 167 ahead of his Fiasco in Chicago event this week. Ed Marco's Fiasco events are "globe trotting fiestas that have touched down in London, New York,...
There's a burgeoning movement coming out of Brooklyn made up of uber talented Deep House and Disco cats and they're making serious waves. Sam Walker and Gavin Royce, aka Walker & Royce and part of the Nervous/Nurvous crew, have...
Yes, you can be famous in less than 24 hours, and we'll show you how! In one day a YouTube video of a piano-playing, Santa hat-clad man went from 0 to 40,000 hits. By the time this story went...
Kentucky native Rick Nielsen of the Corduroy Mavericks is doing it big, blazing out tracks with labels such as Flapjack, Beatdown, Coyote Cuts, Juiced, Native Soul, Funk Mansion and Dufflebag to name a few. Now with new music,...
You know a Todd Edwards song when you hear it. And his contributions to the UK Garage scene from the early '90s onwards continues to impress.
Inside the Christian Rave scene with God's DJs
While road tripping to Iowa with Detroit phenom Terrence Parker, we were regaling each other with stories of recent parties we'd attended. When he told me he had spun at a Christian rave during this year's Movement Festival, that...
5 Magazine's Czarina Mirani sits down for an interview with The Brand New Heavies founder Jan Kincaid
In a sea of so-so edits, endless swing and disco samples and prosaic hip-hop loops, a lot of us have been getting jaded with the Jacking House genre. But when Tony Saputo and Maurice Tamraz formed J Paul Getto...
5 Magazine's cover story with MK, aka Marc Kinchen, Detroit producer, remixer and (quite recently) DJ.
The end of every summer gives the promise of a new school year complete with new friends, classes and abundant activities. But for many underprivileged kids, something as simple as a school bag and supplies for the new year...
It's been a long time in our to-do list to get Brazilian Producer and DJ Meme over to Chicago, where dates just never seemed to come together. But finally through serendipity the constellations have aligned and he is...
In the House scene it's known that one has to wear many hats, but in Darren Holland's case this man may as well have written the book on it. When I first met him a few years ago in Chicago,...
  There is definitely something surreal about talking music on the phone with someone you consider one of your absolute favorite producers in the world. Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, Sessomatto, Akabu, Jakatta, Sunburst Band -...
Victor Simonelli is one of New York's House bred royalty. His name carries weight, from his work with Tommy Musto, Brian Tappert and Marc Pomeroy, with labels like Bassline, Vinyl Solution, Big Big Trax, Nu-Groove, and SubUrban - not...
They were at the center of a sampling scandal that made them the target of much vitriol in the music industry. Their use of Kevin Saunderson's "The Sound" may have initially brought in negative attention, but fast forward one...
Who says you need to rely on big name remixers to get your music noticed? "When I started my label, I approached many artists for remixes and collaborations. But none of them ever got back to me," John Oudo says,...
Getting to know South African DJ and producer Shane D. Shane co-hosts Grant Nelson's world famous Housecall radio show and has worked with House Music luminaries including Roland Clark, John "Julius" Knight, Syleena Johnson, DJ Meme and Steve Silk...
UK Garage mix from 5 Mag editor Czboogie from our resident's series in 2011. Here Cz brings you her latest mix made up of her favorite style of music: UK Garage. Most of these songs are from out-of-print records. Czboogie:...

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