DHP Chicago - Friday, November 9th!
deephousepage.com presents - DHP Chicago
Deephousepage.com is internationally recognized as the best house music web site in the world. With over 10,000 members globally on the message board, you can get your fill of deep house from dj’s around the world!
Join us as we unite under one house for DHP Chicago brought to you by deephousepage.com and hosted by Larissa J.
Doors open at 9pm. Early arrival is strongly Recommended!!!
1444 W. Chicago
Who is the man hiding behind the now world famous UNDERDOG EDITS?
So far with more than ten 12” releases under his belt, Leonard Part Sixx is redefining the art of Disco.
Born and raised in Chicago, Part Sixx has been a record collector since 12 years old, quoting: “I've always been fascinated with the power of music and its effect on the human spirit”.
Part Sixx started Djing at age 15 and recalls he was fascinated by edits and mixes done by legendary Djs like Walter Gibbons, Tom Moulton, Jonathan Fearing, Francois K, Shep Pettibone, and others.
Leonard agrees that he was amazed by the way each of them managed to give character, depth and tonal beauty to long forgotten sounds. Growing up influenced by Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Tee Scott, Michael McNeal, Frankie Knuckles & Leroy Burgess gave Part Sixx the understanding he needed to start doing his own re-edits.
Leonard summarizes his philosophy this way:
“A re-edit, when done correctly, can be a powerful way of reconnecting the listener to what they loved about the song, in the first place. My goal was to piece together the cosmic energies of these classic and rare rhythm and grooves and make them my own personal statements to the dancer and the dancefloor.”
But Part Sixx's talents do not stop at re-editing or running one of the best Disco labels around the world. Leonard his also an established recording and mixing engineer.
His sense for music and his engineering skills finally came together in 2005 when Leonard became Terry Hunter’s personal engineer. Since then, Part Sixx has been working for Kenny Dope, Ron Trent, Ron Carroll, and various artists & labels worldwide.
So you’ve been warned.
Craig Alexander has been a staple in Chicago House Music for over 20 years. His love for the music began in the early 80s when he attended The Muzic Box where he heard the Legendary Ron Hardy play for the first time. Listening to Ron helped him develop a style all his own that has rocked dance floors all over the world. initially starting out as a promoter he quickly began manning the decks as a headliner as more people caught his sets. His smooth style and "not the norm" selection made him a Chicago household name. He's played alongside everyone from Glenn Underground, Paul Johnson & Dj Rush to Lil Louis. His musical journey has taken him to several places including France, Switzerland, & Germany to name a few. He has has projects on Unified,Shack Music London,Trackmode and Dusttraxx to scratch the surface of the labels he's worked with . His soulful grooving style will have you moving from the beginning of his set to the end. With the launch of his new label Oblique Records he's about to stir up more diabolical house mayhem.
Growing up in Chicago, Torin was influenced by the city’s legendary House music scene. Beginning as a DJ in the early eighties, Torin was introduced to House Music in its infancy, absorbing the rhythm and the groove at such renowned Chicago nightspots as The Warehouse, C.O.D., The Powerhouse, and The Gallery. Reflecting on the early days, "I was definitely influenced by DJ’s and Producers like Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, and Steve "Silk" Hurley." In fact, in 1992 Torin decided to accept an offer to work with one of the most successful DJ, producer / remixers - Steve "Silk" Hurley as a producer / remixer at Steve’s Silk Productions.
Torin continues to blaze the 1s and 2s with a residency at the internationally recognized sonotheque - chicago. Serving up aural delicacies, Torin has a sense for moving the dance floor. In addition to his live sets, his mixes have been heard on the nationally syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show", on the web at www.thaunderground.com and www.deephousepage.com . Torin is also an administrator for deephousepage.com.
Thats my birthday weekend......
DHP article in TimeOut Chicago
There are Web-based communities with members who should probably never meet in the real world, but for the regulars at DeepHousePage.com, getting together is essential. Inspired by and largely concerned with the legendary club-scene eras in Chicago and New York, the site maintains forums for discussion of house and disco parties long past, hypes upcoming events, posts rare original flyers from events at the Bismarck Pavilion and A.K.A., and highlights interviews with the likes of Chip E. and Craig Alexander. Members can also link to their own DJ mixes. The most potent feature is the library of mixes that DHP maintains: One can stream a Tony Humphries mix from 1982 or a Larry Heard set from last year.
A big chunk of DHP’s passionate music fans—loads of them are DJs and producers—hail from Chicago, and, naturally, need to get physical once in a while. This week, Torin Edmond—the Chicago face of the Wisconsin-based website—throws a soiree at Sonotheque for DHP, the second since emerging from a bit of a hiatus in September. The night’s guest of honor, Leonard Part Sixx, isn’t a huge name in Chicago house history; rather, he’s an engineer and producer who works behind the scenes. But for those in the know, Part Sixx is revered, and just as importantly, he’s a member of the tight-knit online community.
DHP went online in 2002 with a few DJ mixes. Now, though hardly flashy from a technical standpoint, with more than 10,000 members, it is, as Edmond says, “the mecca for house music on the Web.” Most of the users who come to visit listen to its online mixes and are unregistered. Many of the more than 1,000 DJ set mixes are submitted by the original DJs themselves or from personal archives of public recordings—tapes of local radio broadcasts. Sets from Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy are the hottest downloads. For Edmond, the audio artifacts are a rich resource for those trying to relive the early days of house and they’re also inspiring to today’s DJs. The website is a labor of love: There’s no paid advertising and members are able to post information about upcoming parties for free. In 2003, DHP parties started in New York, then in Chicago soon after, so dancers and DJs could get to know the person behind the screen name.
This week’s guest is a vinyl junkie who bridges the gap between eras. Part Sixx worships Paradise Garage’s underground dance, Walter Gibbons’s edits and Escort’s nu disco. “I always wanted to do songs that were good but never got that shine that they really deserve. That’s one of the reasons I called them Underdog Edits,” he explains. His series of limited-edition records—all two-sided reworkings of sometimes obscure disco and club classics and cuts by the Jackson 5—has been a hit with DJs. In fact, Part Sixx got his gig as engineer for Terry Hunter by impressing the DJ with the seamlessness of his edits, originally made for personal use. Sixx issued ten Underdog singles and a limited box set, earning him accolades from Dimitri from Paris, Kenny Dope and Lindstrøm, as well as more remix work.
Part Sixx, a member of DHP since 2003, sees the site as an incredible asset. “It’s a great way to interact and meet with people that were a part of that era,” he says. He’s even befriended Loft founder and “the man who started it all” David Mancuso, but he worries the website can be a nostalgia trip to disco’s heyday. “Unfortunately, you have some people who are stuck in that time. They keep going to parties to try and recapture that feeling.”
Both DHP and the Underdog Edits are there to make sure disco and early house get a chance with the young folks who missed underground dance the first time. Part Sixx says, “It’s cool to say that you love disco; it’s not a bad thing to say that now.”
DHP Chicago gets down with Part Sixx at Sonotheque on Friday
lookin forward to joining ya'll