If you have been anywhere near a radio in Chicago the past few weeks then you’re probably already familiar with Chance The Rapper. From WGCI to Power 92 Chance has made his rounds. The young emcee has been on quite a ride leading up to, and in the days following the release of his debut project 10 Day. Chance recently made a visit to the IMF Offices to chop it up with us about various topics such as his beginnings as an artist, his inspiration for the project, the experience of actually creating a full-length album & much more!
Earlier this month Chicago Bassheads were treated with what will go down as one the most memorable shows to ever pass through Congress Theater. Not once, but twice. With Saturday’s show being sold out within 6 hours (which has only been done once before at Congress), and Sunday’s sold out as well, fans were treated with love in the form of brilliant lazers, colossal bass, extended sets and some of the best vibes we’ve ever experienced. Here’s our version of went down…
Almost two weeks ago California-based Electronic artist Bassnectar stormed through Chicago playing back-to-back sold out shows at Congress Theater. His Saturday night appearance sold out in less than 24 hours and due to the demand they added an additional day, having him play Sunday night too. If was my first time seeing him at an indoor venue – the other times have been outdoors at music festivals. I knew what to expect but at the same time I was curious as to how the show would feel being inside instead of out. The difference, night and day.
If you haven’t seen Bassnectar before it may be hard to visualize this, but it was a very intimate setting with his show indoors. When you’re outside there’s a lot to look at, various things happening at the same time so it’s very easy to get distracted. When you’re indoors, it’s Bassnectar, his lights, and the 4500 people you’re dancing with for a good 3 hours. No distractions, no way to avoid any of it unless you exit the venue. This made the show compared to my previous experiences that much better.
Despite having amazing music and a light show to match, the one thing that sets Bassnectar apart from a lot of his EDM peers is his positive message. Throughout the show he can be heard on the mic interacting with the crowd, spreading positive messages of love and ultimately enjoying life. His AmBASSador Program was in full effect, which accepts applications from devoted fans to serve as volunteers who are responsible for welcoming the crowd prior to the event, keeping audience members hydrated and happy throughout the show, and organizing projects that will engage fans in creative ways. He also lightened up the security level from TSA-style to a more friendlier style, allowing fans to bring in sealed water, toys, blow up items, backpacks, and more.
To sum this little rant up and let you view some of the photo-goodness before we release the video, I just wanted to say let out some of my thoughts. I HIGHLY recommend going to see him if you get the chance, you won’t be disappointed. At all. More DJ’s and producers should take notes on Bassnectar and how he does things – the scene and other shows may be a little friendlier. Shouts to our friends at React Presents for giving us the opportunity as always. Now hit the jump Bassheads!
Last weekend House DJ/Producer Erick Morillo brought is smooth sounds to The Mid Chicago and blessed fans with an amazing set. Our friends at React Presents let us come through and snap a few photos of the evening. Drinks were flowing, the house was packed, and everyone around danced the whole night long. I wasn’t too familiar with Erick beforehand and it took me be surprise when I heard he was the man behind “I Like To Move It”, but he stormed through Chicago with a lot of energy and that definitely came out in his set. We hope to see Mr. Morillo back in the Windy City sometime soon, but until then, check out a few shots we took.
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to sit down with English-based producer Jon Gooch, more commonly known by his stage name Feed Me. We discussed how his current tour had been going, his new teeth stage setup and how it was designed, and what we can expect from him down the road in 2012. All you Feed Me fans will be happy to know, we did talk about the album and he said it’s a work in progress, but to share a little secret, there may be two separate projects coming. Maybe. You’ll just have to wait and see what he’s got up his sleeve. If you missed his show at Congress we’ve also included a few clips so you can check out his awesome stage setup.
We’ve been shooting like mad men here at IMF so we’re slightly behind on schedule, but we’re still giving you exclusive content you can’t see anywhere else including these latest shots of Fedde Le Grand taking over Enclave Chicago a few weekends ago. The Dutch producer gave his fans a nice 2-hour long set and left fans screaming for more. Unfortunately Enclave wasn’t allowing it so fans were semi-disgruntled but ultimately left pleased because Fedde’s set was amazing. If you missed the show we snapped a few photos so hit the jump to take a look!
One of the most fun things we got to do while in Miami for the 2012 Ultra Music Festival was getting to sit down with Matt Madonna and Ryan Anderson of Love & Light. Hailing from the west-coast desert region of the Reno/Tahoe basin the duo embodies their hometowns with the west-coast dub/crunk/glitch sound that they completely make their own. Their mid-tempo bass rhythm is comprised of funky bass lines layered below melodic synths and complex builds that don’t drop into the widely overused wobble wobble wobble that some of us might have heard a little too much of these days. As a refreshing testament to the down-to-earth spirit that is beginning to become rare with artists in a genre that is growing exponentially more popular with each passing day, Love & Light came through the IMFmag Ultra residence just under two miles from Bayfront Park and talked poolside with us about their first time at Ultra, what us fans can expect from them in the upcoming months, and much more. Make sure to check out their Soundcloud page here as well as even more free tracks on their website.. Hit the jump to check out a few photos!
Last Friday night the Canadian-based duo Adventure Club made their way to Chicago for what I believe is their first show in the Windy City. They were joined by openers DJ Solo and M Machine but apparently there was a little snafu with the M. We previously M Machine open up for Paper Diamond a month or two ago and it was a duo, however, at The Mid we were given only one member of the Machine. After we asked why one of them was missing the had this to say: “technically there were TWO missing…” – There you have it folks.
Regardless, The Mid was packed with a crowd that I would say isn’t the norm and the IMF crew was enjoying every second of it. Everywhere you turned someone was rocking a spirit hood, dreaded guys were enjoying the fine taste of PBR and everyone was enjoying the amazing dub courtesy of Adventure Club. I would love to see more crowds and nights like this at The Mid personally, and I’m sure we will. Adventure Club is slowly starting to take over the EDM scene and mark my words, they will be big players before you know it. Enough rambling, check out the photo-goodness after the jump. Shouts to React Presents!