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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.
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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This is Cyon Flare

Originally from Detroit, the flamboyant Cyon Flare is creator, promoter and host of United House, the Monday night residency at Hydrate that aims to bring House Music back in Chicago's Boystown.
Not much has been written about Jamie Principle, the Chicago artist whose dark brooding voice haunted us with songs such as "Baby Wants to Ride", "I'll Take You There" and "Cold World." His early collaboration with Frankie Knuckles was...
The best news I heard all week was when Terry Hunter told me DJ Spen was coming to Chicago this Sunday
A few months ago my FB friend and fellow ChicagoHouseFM.com DJ Ed Marco from Glasgow hit me up about throwing a party in Chicago. He told me about his FIASCO parties, globe trotting fiestas that have touched down on London, New York, Miami, Ibiza and in two days... Chicago
It was Halloween night of 2010 when I had my first Ten City experience. An 11-piece band walks up onstage at the elegant Alhambra Palace and takes their places. Lead singer Byron Stingily (discogs) is looking majestic dressed as...
David Harness is quintessential San Francisco, and a testament to a city that lives and breathes deep, soulful House Music.
Japan Relief is no longer the cause du jour, but painstaking recovery goes on. To encourage sustained attention on Japan's recovery and send the support of the House scene, Chip E and his wife Liliko organized the Jack4House Benefit this Thursday at Zentra
Jose Manuel Alvarez - also known as Dubbyman - is gracing Chicago's sonic territories this week with gigs at SmartBar and this Saturday at Darkroom
Riva Starr is that quirky, sassy, tongue-in-cheek producer with a savoir-faire that screams original! His sound is refreshingly unconventional to say the least. In 2010, people stood up and paid attention when his critically acclaimed album If Life Gives...
In February 2011, DJ Meme's remix of "The Ones You Love" came out and immediately shot to the top of the download charts. His rework of the Frankie Knuckles & The Shapeshifters' track - one of the overlooked gems...
While many founding fathers of House Music become complacent and rest on their laurels of yesteryear, Frankie Knuckles is busy churning out tune after tune like his life depended on it. Last week he sent me five songs he had...
On January 9th, 2011 history was made. Chicago House DJ Day was born, and to commemorate this event 100 of some of the most influential DJs came together at The Shrine to take an historic photograph entitled "The Architects...

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