Joey Negro

How I Play: Joey Negro on the Culture and Craft of DJing

DJs today are confronted with an astonishing number of choices, from vinyl to digital media, controllers, mixers, and the unending stream of more music being released for consumption than at any time in history. It's...
Spencer Kincy

Sign of the Gemini: The Strange and Beautiful Music of Spencer Kincy

FOR FOUR YEARS I've been chasing a ghost, and his name is Spencer Kincy. I've been told by some people to leave the ghost alone, while others have all but berated me for not pursuing...

John Morales: The Return of the Disco Legend

In music, and especially in underground music, the word "legend" is thrown around to the point where it loses all meaning. What is a legend? It's someone who broke the mold - someone whose sounds,...

Fred Everything Interview

FRED EVERYTHING might have a funny name, but there's a very good reason for it. He originally earned his moniker because he played "everything" in his live sets at events in his native Canada,...

Heatwave: The Band That Wouldn’t Die

A Stabbing, a Car Accident, Paralysis, a Coma: Nothing Could Stop the Heatwave - the Pre-Eminent Multi-Ethnic Band of the Funk, Boogie and Disco Era.   While noodling about this issue's subject, it occurred to me...

Everyone Is A DJ. And It’s Only Going To Get Worse.

Blame it on Afrojack, dance music's answer to Nickelback. He made it all so easy, and so lucrative for how easy it is - to mask a fundamental lack of skill, knowledge and creativity...
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It’s Time: The Soulful House Sound of Sean McCabe

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATING to me to find young artists in dance music that gravitate towards soulful music. Since releasing his first tracks in 2003 at 17 years old, Sean McCabe has quietly and...
DJ Paul Johnson

The Paul Johnson Story

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...

Sorry SoundCloud: It’s Not Us. It’s You.

Updated January 19, 2017: We've written several in-depth studies of the various Soundcloud alternatives and are updating this piece with links to the new stories on a wide array of alternatives to SoundCloud as...
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Listen to Mystic Bill’s Ferocious Throwback “U Won’t C Me”

Nothing sensitive or subtle about this one. Mystic Bill - the man who DJ'd for your favorite DJ's DJ - teams up with German label Snuff Trax for the forthcoming EP U Won't C...
Garrett Davidvideo

Getting to Know Garrett David

In which we get to know Garrett David, resident DJ at Queen! every Sunday at SmartBar. The twenty-two year old wunderkind has just released what may be the best slab of wax cut by...
Records

Where To Buy House Music in Chicago

It's a cliche, but buying music these days is something more commonly done behind a computer, in isolation, than in person and in your neighborhood. Especially with DJ-centered genres like House Music, Techno and...

In Residence with Uhuru Afrika, Boston

5 Magazine's residency spotlight features Adam Gibbons and Uhuru Afrika, the incredibly unique Boston club night deeply rooted in the music of Africa and the Diaspora.   "When someone walks in the door, I want them...

It’s 2015. Why Is It So Hard to Press a Record?

"SIX MONTHS?" It's on the high end of the spectrum, but that's how long a friend of 5 Mag's was told it would take to press his next record. Record Store Day and the...
Tortured Soul

How About You Just DJ? Tortured Soul Answers

Seven years ago, I saw Tortured Soul live and said to myself: "This is the future I'm looking at." Everybody I knew that kind of wanted to DJ kind of started to DJ. It seemed...

Brawther: The Underground Is Alive

Years before I knew him, I heard about him - this guy from France who made these incredibly sensual and deep records that each found their way as the "secret weapon" in the bag...

House of Music: Stefano Zito and the Sudden Life and Death of the World’s...

There are no good guidebooks to Italo Disco, no beginner's manual, no elegant list of essential tracks that can get a young record nerd started on his or her way into one of the...
Gene Farris

Gene Farris: The 5 Magazine Interview

ONE OF THE MOST accomplished DJs and producers of House Music's "second wave" of the 1990s, Gene Farris picked up himself and his Farris Wheel Recordings imprint last October and returned to Chicago, the...

Where House Found A Home: Chicago and South Africa’s House Music Explosion

My dearest Chicago, you are the architect for the house that Jack built, but did you have any idea that your music was fueling the rage and resistance against apartheid? Did you know that...
Tortured Soul

Tortured Soul: Ethan White, JKriv and John-Christian Urich

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...

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