D3 – DECONSTRUCT DISCOVER DETROIT – ART & MUSIC SERIES DEBUTS AT SMARTBAR MARCH 12February 19, 2010
Can a music genre have a birthday? The people of Detroit sure think so, as this year they will mark the 25th anniversary of the world-renowned techno sound, with celebrations planned around the globe from 2010 through 2011. Chicago DJ Lady D, inspired by the connection of Detroit Techno and Chicago, House, has put together an art and music series, D3, to celebrate techno in 2010. D3, championed by the D’Lectable Music label, promoter Volatl and artist collective Prak-sis, will reflect the history, esteem and future of the Detroit techno sound. Smart Bar will exclusively host this quarterly series with events in March, June, October and December of 2010.
Kicking off the series on March 12, D3 will feature music from DJs Stacey Pullen, DJ Lady D, Max Jacobson, Max Loomis (aka Joint Effort) and DJ Jay Cho. Art curated by the Prak-sis artists collective will adorn Smart Bar, reflecting the multimedia intersection of music and art. Tickets will go on sale Saturday February 13 and are $15. This event is 21 & over and starts at
An innovator from the Second Wave of Detroit techno, Stacey Pullen grew up under the mentorship of Detroit’s legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world’s most in demand DJs, playing weekly across the globe year in, year out. With a font of passion for music
and performance that never dries up, Stacey Pullen still plays every gig from the heart seeking to surprise and engage, to provide an unforgettable experience, to offer up his unique catalogue without predictability -defying expectation. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an Innovator. From the age of 9, playing flute in his school band, Stacey has always been playing musical instruments. Around 1985, while Stacey was
still drumming & traveling with his high school band, the Detroit Techno movement was born, and provided a revolutionary sound to the youth of Detroit. The Electrifying Mojo filled the airwaves with this radicalism through new electronic rhythms, and showed a generation or more of musicians and DJs what true musical eclecticism means. The youth of Detroit, including Stacey, were listening and learning. Moving from instruments to turntables in college, Stacey soon began DJing and producing tracks, then moved on to remixing. A year in Amsterdam honed his skills as both a student of live DJing and a teacher of the electronic sounds of Detroit techno, and since the early 90s he has commuted from Detroit to Europe, Asia, Australia or elsewhere in the U.S. to play live. He also started his own label, Black Flag, which released many records in the last decade. Stacey’s reputation as a DJ became as much of a draw card as his reputation as a producer, and he became renowned for long, experimental, adventurous and soulful journeys through music that lasted at least 5 hours. The last several years have seen Stacey continuing to be on the road, bringing Detroit techno sounds around the globe nearly every weekend.
Known widely as Chicago’s Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995. Influenced by legends and encouraged by House veterans, the Chicago House scene would be incomplete without Lady D. She made her name in the mid 90’s for being one of the first women DJ’s on the underground house scene in
Chicago and grew to become one of the most respected industry players who continues to emerge from the Chicago House 3rd wave following in the step of Derrick Carter, Diz, Sneak and Gene Farris among others. DJ Lady D is not limited by any preconceived notion of House—her sets drift seamlessly into territories other’s fear to tread. She moves playfully from tracks to vocals, from Boompty to Electro to jackin’ Tech House and back with finesse.
Lady D has a unique way of not only making the mix sound good but also making these seemingly distinct genres feel like they actually belong together. She has played such places as Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Thailand and extensively across the USA. Lady D marries the classic house tracks of Chicago’s past with the choicest four-to-the-floor stomps of today, and always throws down a soulful and sinful set. Recognized for her top-notch A&R, production and remixing talents as owner of D’lectable Music, Lady D is a tastemaker known for releasing some of the hottest records in House music over the past few years. Her abilities include production and remixing and she has collaborated with Ron Carroll, Demarkus Lewis, Common Factor and Mark Grant.
Max Jacobson was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area and around the ripe age of 17 he attended his first Detroit Electronic Music Festival. It was at this festival where he attended an afterhours party and got exposed to techno thanks to the early morning sounds of Dan Bell and Richie Hawtin. He was overwhelmed with these raw organic sounds he heard and he started to DJ a year later. After four months of djing he started a local night at bar in his college town. Being a creative person, Max sold his decks and began to focus on production a year after he started DJing. He relocated to Chicago in 2007 and started diving deeper and deeper into the realms of music production and creation. His sound can be characterized as a mixture
of deep tech house and techno. Recently he has started to play live/dj sets that encompass tracks by other artists and as well as his own loops over these tracks creating a unique and diverse sound that can range from deep Chicago house to raw modern techno. The 22 year old currently attends art school in Chicago where he studies music. Be on the look out for his releases coming out on Klectik and other labels as well as live performances.
Max Loomis is one half of Joint Effort, a production partnership with DJ Lady D. Their production of “Durty Thang” with Bear Who? on vocals was signed to Open Bar Music (NYC) and is now available. The tech heavy production is rich on bass with a good helping of acid and ready for peak hour dance floors. Bear Who? provides his signature vocals that get the party hyped, just as he did for his best seller, “Fix My Sink”.
In addition to DJs, the [prak-sis] artists’ collective has curated multimedia art. DJ Jay Cho, a South Korean sound artist will kick off the night of music. Video artists Doug Fogelson, Terry Dixon, Galina Shevchenko, Spencer Hutchinson, Dain Oh and Raychel Winterton will present various works of film and video media. Photographer Tse Xiao Guang and print artist John Tuan Hyunh will also be featured. Kelsey L. Connett and Nicole Briggs will provide a fashion performance, and Shelly Johnson, aka Ruin, will perform a live painting experience inspired by the music as it is played. [prak-sis] blogs about art, music and D3 at:
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Friday, March 12:
In Smart Bar… D’Lectable Music, Volatl and [prak-sis] present…
D3- DECONSTRUCT DISCOVER DETROIT- Art and Music Series Kick Off!
DJs STACEY PULLEN (Black Flag Rec.) * DJ LADY D * MAX JACOBSON * MAX LOOMIS
aka JOINT EFFORT * DJ JAY CHO * featuring art by the [prak-sis] artists
$15 (bottle service reservations $250 for a table of 4-6; includes
admission, subsequent bottles priced $175) / 21 & Over / Doors: 8PM / Show:
8PM / Style: Techno, House