Posts Tagged ‘D3’


D3 #3 09/ 17/ 2010

September 13, 2010

D3 (Deconstruct, Discover, Detroit) featuring Juan Atkins (aka Model 500 and Cybotron): The Origins of Detroit Techno

The D3 event series celebrates the innovators of Detroit techno and the 25th anniversary of this unique art-form. D3 (Discover Deconstruct Detroit) is not only a fusion of house and techno but a meeting of art, fashion & music as well. D’lectable Music along with VOLATL events have partnered …with ArtKiwon (a contemporary arts group) to bring a decidedly unique artistry to the events with live painting, live fashion and art installations in the club environment for total transformation of Chicago’s most famous venue, Smart Bar. Juan Atkins, the September headliner from Detroit, is widely credited as, “the originator of techno music.” Atkins will play alongside D3 resident/curator DJ Lady D and James Lauer, on Smart Bar’s top – notch Funktion One sound system. It is a terrific honor for the D3 event team, in conjunction with Smart Bar, to host Mr. Atkins as a part of the series.

It is only appropriate that the D3 Event series feature Juan Atkins, who along with Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson (“The Belleville Three”), are specifically noted to be the originators of Detroit techno. Atkins was born in Detroit, Michigan, and subsequently developed his unique sound there, alongside frequent collaborators May and Saunderson, finding influence from Krawtwerk and Parliament Funkadelic. From his roots playing funk bass, Atkins began recording early techno tracks as Cybotron , releasing legendary tracks such as, “Techno City” and “Clear.” His next project, Model 500, conceived in 1985, famed for the hit “No UFO’s,” is a project that still finds great success for Atkins today. Atkins’ many releases, not only on his own imprint, Metroplex, but on such touted labels as Tresor, Capitol Records and KMS, have cemented his mark on music. He was featured in the documentary High Tech Soul and was an essential part of the innagural Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Much discussed and anthologized not only for his 20 years of production credits but also for his ability to rock a dance floor, Juan Atkins’ music and DJ-ing are deified in Europe and embraced all over the world.

D3 resident DJ 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. Known widely as Chicago’s Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson\ aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995. Lady D is known for top-notch A & R, remixing and production, having managed the label AfterHours, and now running her own imprint D’lectable Music. Behind the decks now going on 15 years, Jackson’s sound transverses techno, houe, tech-house, acid and back again. She has played for diverse audiences, from celebrity studded bashes for the like of Queen Latifah, to packed rooms in Euope, Latin America and Russia, from her humble roots in Chicago’s underground house scene. Recent collaborations with the likes of Gold Record producing Ron Carroll have found Jackson’s focus shifting to studio work, and her 15 year anniversary tour Fame 15, playing in cities this Fall and Winter.

Joining DJ Lady D and Juan Atkins behind the decks is Chicago mainstay, James Lauer who recently hosted The END Sundays at Smart Bar/Redno5 and has been playing electronic music in Chicago for the past 10+ years. As host of Diversified Portfolio on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3fm he has inspired listeners with his passion for mixing together a wide selection of the best electronic music from early chicago acid house to deep modern dub and everything in between. James maintains this DIY attitude in his own studio productions and live sets through which he aims to re-creates the raw energy and sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit back when it all was just getting stared.

D’lectable Music is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records in House music since 2004 with names as diverses as DJ Sneak, Style of Eye, Nick Maurer and more. D’lectable, works alongside VOLATL Events and ArtKiwon to curate the D3 night. In an effort to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, Nadia Podolsky’s VOLATL Events have booked a myriad of genre-defining artists including Stacey Pullen, Bruno Pronsato, Adam Beyer, Camea, Mr. C and more. VOLATL has produced dozens of memorable events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to sound arrays and bookings. ArtKiwon, under the direction of curator Kiwon Choi, has coordinated dozens of multimedia installations and shows. Artists for this third session of the D3 series include, curator visual artist Kiwon Choi, interdisciplinary artist Hoyun Son, and video artist Galina Shevchenko. Sho Tsunoda and Shelly Johnson will be creating live paintings done to the music of our stellar DJ’s. A comprehensive scope of music, fashion, art and dance is what D3 seeks to achieve with every outing. Pre-Sale tickets are available via, or will be 10 USD at the door (before midnight).


relational / conceptual performance artist Hoyun Son 9/17

September 13, 2010

Hoyun Son is a relational / conceptual artist working in various media includes text, performance, multi-media installation, and interactive installations. Her practice is mainly focused on generating new ideas/ways of quality life in this globalized, technology oriented society through open conversations and subtle but intentionally selective encounters arts can provide.  Born in Korea, Has background in Social Welfare and Information and Library Science. Hoyun Son moved to USA in 2001 to attend School of Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her BFA and MFA. She has performed in various public venues in Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Seoul, Korea. Exhibited her works in Chicago, Houston, Romania, Boston, Norway and Korea. Also she is recipient of various awards and fellowships include National Endowment for the Arts through DCCA, Illinois Art Council, Skowhegan Painting and Sculpture, Santa Fe Art Institute, MacDowell Colony in USA, and Sandness Kommune of Norway.

Artist website

 Artist Blog

What’s the borderline of fantasy and acting of imagination? What kind of fantasy can you not pursue in reality and what can enhance your life?

You are in a bar, there are many people around you, are you one of the people who keeps thinking “what ifs” but rarely acting out on it? Are you too shy to strike up a conversation with a stranger? Then this is a great opportunity for you to test your “acting skills” by participating in an art project, and see what that will lead to in Reality! Put on a different persona and ask strangers to take instant photos with you as if you are their silly buddies in action, awkward on the first date, passionate lovers, or secret admirer from high school, “missed connection”, long disconnected friends who haven’t met in 10 years.

Head gear to express and/or disguise you are provided by the artist, also the artist will assist you with your performance as a mediator and a performer.

Site-specific performance with Hoyun Son


Video Artist Galina Shevchenko

June 21, 2010

Galina did a Live VJ and her works was on the screen for the night D3@ Smartbar June 25th, 2010, and will be back for September 17th, 2010.

Artist Official Website

Come check out her amazing videos.

(in this Photo Galina Shevchenko)

Visuals by Galina Shevchenko
Fresh instances from Galina, inspired by revitalizing techno beat.
Galina Shevchenko, a Moscow born Chicago based video artist works across the mediums of live video performance, animation, and video installation.  Galina’s work is baroque & provocative,  it teases & questions, seduces & demands… Ultimately it is a delicious visual treat.
Galina has performed live video at numerous venues around Chicago including Rodan, Smart Bar, Sonotheque, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Her art videos have been featured at contemporary video festivals in New York, Berlin and Moscow.

Artist (Live Painting) Sho Tsunoda for June 25th@D3

May 31, 2010

This is what Sho talks about his work.

Come to Smartbar and enjoy his art world together.

Artist Statement  by Sho Tsunoda

If I could be anything, I would like to be an artist. With one life I have, I would like to dedicate all my effort to what I love the most. I would like to picture the beauty of feeling things. Art was the only thing that allowed me to be myself completely. Painting taught me every one has his/her role. I would like to return favor by dedicating my art to people who desperately need art. I believe art is the ultimate way to depict passions, emotions, personal philosophy and thoughts as an individual regardless of sex, race, age or religion. In creating painting, I find beauty of humanity such as curiosity, self-improvement and appreciation of freedom, honesty and uniqueness. I believe every human has need to express themselves through what they do. I make art because art is the ultimate way of expressing self.

I am most passionate about abstract painting with oils because of the freedom I have in creating both shapes and colors. I usually paint with fingers because I feel my emotions are more directly transferred that way. Working intuitively without plans allows me to input different ideas and grow as an artist while I am painting. It helps me focus on momentary feelings within me. Color is extremely important for my works. I try to make them as intense as possible to express my passions throughout my life. I am flattered by how colors affect and interact with human minds. I use a lot of colors out of tube to represent vividness, intensity and pureness of life. I also believe that today we live further away from the ground than before. We barely touch mud today.I believe that it has been and it will affect the color of paintings. The colors used today are more saturated than in history.

Early impulse is one of themes in my painting. The first day I made art, it felt so right. I have something to put all my effort. I have a dream. I am living a dream. I am very happy to be able to truly enjoy and appreciate art and dedicate my life for it. I wouldn’t  be where I am without making a decision for taking risks.  I would like to paint as if I have never painted or I have never seen colors before. When my art was purely about my impulses that I couldn’t help feeling, I believe I was purest as an artist. Through painting, I search for core humanity that we all share and attempt to communicate with as many people as possible.

Sho is currently a residential artist of Flat Iron in Wicker Park.



February 19, 2010

Designed by Jason Warth

Designed by Jason Warth

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:<>.

For media access, interviews, hi-res photos or other info, please contact
Jenny Lizak at 773-549-4140 ext 212 or
< <>> .

Friday, March 12:
In Smart Bar… D’Lectable Music, Volatl and [prak-sis] present…
D3- DECONSTRUCT DISCOVER DETROIT- Art and Music Series Kick Off!
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

Metro/Smart Bar Box Office in the Official Metro Store (no service fee)
Smart Bar website


About DJ Lady D

February 10, 2010

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