Discussion around the B96 DJ's including: DJ Meg, Josh R, Marc Sout (Mixin Marc), DJ Flipside, DJ Metro, DJ Simone, DJ Spin, Trentino, Brian Middleton, Julian Jumpin Perez, Bad Boy Bill, Bobby D, DJ Markski, Tim Spinnin Schommer, To Kool Chris, Billy The Kid, and many more!
Real Name: Sydney Vine. Current B96 radio DJ (2014 - Current). Appeared at Taste of Chicago, Taste of Lincoln and Pitchfork Music Festival. Winner of the 2013 SceneTap APP's DJ competition and named one of the 10 DJ's on The Chicago Sun Times 2014 Top 10 DJ list.
Miss DJ Meg is a young and energetic individual who is known to pack any and every dance floor! Her career began at a mobile DJ company located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL when she was just 15 years old. It was this company that immersed her into the marketing of DJing. There she DJed various parties, and corporate events, including a party for one of Oprah Winfrey's top producers, which Oprah attended. She has spun in large-scale productions such as the annual Taste of Chicago, Taste of Lincoln and Pitchfork Music Festival. Some notable clients and companies that she has played for include Georg Jensen, Walgreens, Victoria's Secret, Skinnygirl Cocktails, GUESS, Voli Vodka with Pitbull, Macy's, H&M, Atia's Project Ladybug and more! She has had the pleasure of playing for such big names as, Lil Jon, Wynter Gordon, Vince Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Jeremih, Chicago Blackhawks and Bulls players, Common, Bethenny Frankel, Dina Manzo, Trey Songz, Estelle and many more. Miss DJ Meg was also the winner of the 2013 SceneTap APP's DJ competition and named one of the 10 DJ's on The Chicago Sun Times 2014 Top 10 DJ list. She is currently spinning in high-end clubs all over Chicago and has played internationally at the Utopia Music Conference in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Miss DJ Meg was recently named the first ever female mixmaster on B96 radio in Chicago. After joining the B96 team, she was asked to open for Ariana Grande at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash. Over the course of just a couple years, her career has skyrocketed and continues to grow!
Real Name: ?. Current B96 radio DJ (2003 - Current). B96 & JAMS 1043 Chicago, Amp 987 DETROIT, Official Dj Chicago Bulls, Official Dj for US National Soccer Team. Jump Smokers DJ/Producer.
From early days as a skilled turntablist to his time as the producer of Jump Smokers & leading his own radio show on the legendary B96 Chicago, Flipside has been all about versatility. Growing up in Chicago taught him an appreciation and passion for house music which helped set the table for his deep knowledge of dance music from all parts of the world. Specializing in both open format and EDM has allowed him to rock a wide array of live events with his own original style with energy and superior technical skill.
As the producer of Jump Smokers, Flipside has created official remixes with many of the top names in the music industry including Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Pink, Rihanna, Usher, and plenty more. Flipside’s latest’s remix include Mariah Carey, Anne Marie, AJR, and Foster The People. While on the road you can find Flipside performing at venues on all parts of the globe from Las Vegas to Manila, Miami to Singapore, and Atlantic City to Indonesia.
Flipside is known for his highly rated "Flipside at Five" mixshow on Entercom’s B96 as well as 104.3 Jams in Chicago. He has now expanded his reach to 98.7 Amp Detroit, along with guest spots on Power 106 LA and 92.3 Amp NYC. He is also recognized as the official DJ for the Chicago Bulls, and US National Soccer Team. Performing with the Jump Smokers on the critically acclaimed and sold-out Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias tour, Flipside has been able to bring a unique style to the masses.
He has also won the following awards:
2016 Global Spin Awards Regional Open Format Club Dj Of The Year
2011,2015, 2017 Promo Only Mixshow Dj of The Year.
2009 and 2010 S.I.N. Midwest Dj of The Year.
Real Name: Christian Matta. Current B96 radio DJ (2009 - Current). Known for hip-hop mixes as heard on the B96 Street Mix.
A force to be reckoned within the club scene, DJ Metro is undoubtedly one of the most respected DJ’s to come out of Chicago.
Since the age of 8, Metro has always had a special love for being a DJ, and has dedicated more than 15 years to trying to become known as of the best in nation. Not only has he climbed his way into being one of the most respected club/live DJ’s, he’s also making his mark on his second love. Chicago Radio. “Being apart of just any DJ mix show was never the goal or objective. Being a part of THIS DJ team, on B96, with THIS group of DJ’s, was always the goal. Now we just have to be patient and see what’s next”
His patience has clearly paid off. As of October 2014, Metro was asked to come on board with none other, then the Chicago Bulls. Every home game, in front 25,000 people inside of the United Center, you can see Metro behind the turntables playing music for people of all races and backgrounds, as the “Official Chicago Bulls DJ.”
DJ Metro has supported and shared the bill with all types of international acts such as Rick Ross, Juicy J, Lil John, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Afrojack, Aventura, Wisin Y Yandel, and recently played at the United Center for Sade and John Legends personal parties. He has played around the nation from Alaska to Florida, and recently won an Ortofon DJ Battle sending him to Ibiza, Spain. On an every week basis, he plays at all types of clubs, spanning from the largest College Nightclub in the city, the largest teen clubs, and some of the sexiest Industry Nights in Downtown.
As you can clearly see, this is only the beginning of what looks to be a very long career for the Chicago native. Plans of working on his own production, plus expanding his nightclub residency in clubs around the nation, have already begun.
Real Name: ?. Former B96 radio DJ (2014-2018). This Chi-town native brings with him a huge repository of advanced musical composition skills, coupled with an intense acoustic flavor that will bend and blend your senses.
Josh R. is known and respected for his unrelenting dedication to quality.
"It's all about attention to detail..... always attempting to ride that cusp of "fringe" in my productions and techniques. His productions can be heard throughout the day on Chicago's B96 and other radio stations Worldwide.
Real Name: Marc Ryan. Former B96 radio DJ (Mixin Marc: 1999 - 2012) (Marc Stout: 2014 - 2018). With over a decade on B96, Chicago’s most listened to radio station; Mixin Marc is responsible for introducing the newest dance hits to the clubbing masses each weekend. Mixin Marc became one of the city's most popular DJs thanks to his long-running Saturday night residency at Chicago’s most famous nightclub, Crobar.
Mixin Marc has played around the world, including annually at Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Beach party and is a current resident at Spy Bar Chicago. But now the three-time Miami Winter Music Conference Mix-Off Champion is setting his sights on the bigger prize – becoming an international producer. His remixes of JEnnifer Lopez feat. Pitbull "On The Floor" & Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris "Break Your Heart" topped the iTunes sales chart and appears on MTV's “Jersey Shore Soundtrack”.
Splitting his time between producing remixes for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Katy Perry, LMFAO, Taio Cruz, Ne-Yo, DEV, Iyaz, Fat Boy Slim, and Green Velvet – and working on his own record label, Movement Music – Mixin Marc finds himself topping the Beatport sales chart and receiving airplay on XM/Sirius Radio. This dedicated DJ, producer, remixer, and label owner’s dream is becoming reality.
Real Name: Trenton Rosenbaum. Former B96 radio DJ (2013 - 2014). A truly multi-faceted musical renaissance man, music producer, DJ, drummer, and percussionist Trenton "DJ Trentino" Rosenbaum returned to Chicago in May 2008 after four years of school in Columbus, OH with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and an unmatched hunger for success in both the music and nightlife industries.
The Red Bull Thre3style US Champion, Rehab Las Vegas resident DJ, and Chicago Sun Times' #1 DJ (Sun Times' #6 in the U.S.), Trentino, has been producing music for just as long as he has been gracing the turntables (fifteen years), and playing drums for even longer (two decades). In addition to extensive touring across North America, he has headlined internationally in cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, and Shantou (China), Taipei and Taichung (Taiwan), Bangkok and Pattaya (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Stuttgart (Germany), and Zurich (Switzerland). His traditional musical background, including a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, is a rarity among electronic musicians, and has helped get his original music placed on networks such as MTV, VH1, ESPN, and Style, labels including Firepower Records and Brooklyn Fire, and commercials for Bacardi, Hefty, and Kenmore. While Thre3style put him on the world stage, his passion for dance music, inspired by his home city of Chicago, is what will keep him there.
Real Name: ?. Former B96 radio DJ (2013 - 2015). Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Simone’s passion for music separated him from all the rest. While his friends were outside playing at the local park, Simone was found in his room, listening to B96, recording his favorite hits on cassette, and making his own mix tapes.
At the young age of 15, Simone had the unsurpassable opportunity to dj live on the radio in his family’s hometown, Bari, Italy. Fluent in both Italian and English, Simone’s charisma on the radio was contagious. From this experience, he decided to continue following his heart and entered the Boom DJ Battle of 2012. This was his once in a lifetime opportunity. This was the chance to chase his dream of mixing live on Chicago’s B96 (96.3 FM). After many sleepless nights and countless hours of persistence, hard work, and dedication, Simone was able to be named the new B96 Mix Master!
And then history took its course. Simone’s name exploded around the Chicagoland area as he was asked by various high schools to dj their school dances and pep rallies. It didn’t stop there. Because of his winning competition, Simone’s mix aired live on B96 to over 3 million Chicago listeners and all over the world on the internet. Simone’s success earned him much respect and many more bookings all over Chicago!
Simone’s passion was also inspired by many of Chicago-legends: Bad Boy Bill, Dan Morrell, DJ Vice, DJ Flipside, Jojo & Gizep, Pumpin Pete, and with many other Chicago greats. He was consistently encouraged not to follow his dreams but to chase them.
Simone is very thankful and feels very blessed to have such motivating and supporting friends and family.
Simone is officially the youngest edition, in the history of the B96 Street Mix. His persistent studies in his music and his ability to create innovative mixes have shown through his past. DJ Simone is ready for his future in music, and he welcomes you to enjoy his music!
Real Name: ?. Former B96 radio DJ (1989 - 2002). Began career at The Galaxy/Dilligaf's in Addison. and worked at these Chicago Radio Stations for the past 25 years...102.7 WBMX, 107.5 WGCI, 96.3 B96 and 103.5 KISS FM.
Real Name: William Renkosik. Former B96 radio DJ (1989 - 1998). Legendary DJ/Producer. Returned to B96 as the mixer director in 2003.
Bad Boy Bill (born William Renkosik) is a disc jockey (DJ) from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. who plays an assortment of house music.
While only in his teens, Bad Boy Bill began his DJ career in 1985 during the Chicago house music movement of the mid to late 1980s.
He worked with Mike "Hitman" Wilson and Julian "Jumpin" Perez of the WBMX DJ mixing team, known then as the Hot Mix 5. Bill's popularity grew out of DJing parties throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as opening for the Hot Mix 5.
As a remixer, he landed his first Top Five Billboard Dance Chart hit at the age of 19 – Dada Nada's "Deep Love which also featured remixes by House music legends Frankie Knuckles & David Morales, Robert Ozn and Steve Wight.
Currently,[when?] Bad Boy Bill plays music ranging from House to Electro, and is known for playing six separate turntables at once. In 1988 and 1989, he was placed within the top three at the Disco Mix Club championships.
Real Name: Bobby Dee. Former B96 radio DJ (1993 - 2003). Legendary mixmaster. Still DJ's today and can be booked for private events including weddings.
In a world filled with so many different types of music, it is rare to find someone who can effortlessly maneuver between all styles with so much talent and ease. To be able to communicate a storyline between the music and edits while keeping the rhythm and tempo as if they were already as one is not an easy task. But if you are Bobby D., youve already had a lot of practice.
At age 10, Bobby was already determined to make his dream come true and become a DJ. Originally his goal was to become a DJ because he loved the music and found himself most comfortable behind a pair of turntables creating his own unique sound. When he first started with his radio shack Realistic turntables there was no turning back. By the age of 12, Bobby was doing his own gigs and parties, spinning for 5 hours at a time for minimum pay. But word spread fast of his skills and by the time he was 13, Bobby was working for WDGC, a radio station for his high school in Downers Grove, IL. Although the signal for the station was small, his show was by far the most fun and interactive.
His work for WDGC got him a chance to create his own radio show for his schools Junior Achievement Program. His radio show was broadcasted on WBBM-FM, Chicagos B96. Although his show was on at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, it was still a huge accomplishment for this young man who was dedicated to pursuing his music career.
Continuing to throw parties and doing gigs through high school was taking up most of Bobbys time, though his first love was always in his room, mixing music. During high school, Bobby had befriended some promoters that were looking to open a club in the suburbs. And in 1990, he got his first residency at a club; Totos in Schaumburg, IL. While Bobby was spinning nights, he went on to Columbia College in Chicago, IL for broadcasting. But he found that the courses he was taking at Columbia were not challenging enough for him, and he decided to continue his broadcasting education at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting. When he finished his courses there, he was more determined than ever to do something more in the music field.
In 1991 Bobby summoned up his courage and sent a demo tape to WGCI in Chicago, IL and was thrilled to find out that they liked it and began to air his mixes on their weekly mixshow. Bobby continued to send new mixes every week and slowly a bigger buzz was created around the name Bobby D.
However, the real start of Bobby D.s career came in 1993 with the B96 Mixer Search. Although Bobby had sent in resumes and demos to B96 in Chicago, IL for some time, his mixes were never aired. When Bobby saw his chance at the Mixer Search, he was certain that this was going to be it. The Mixer Search finalists were going to be able to be a guest DJ on B96, which at that time and even still is considered the most prestigious radio mixshow in the country. When the contest began, Bobby was more than ready and came in 3rd place out of the six finalists. And so it began. Bobby got his first guest DJ spot on B96. For six months he continued to submit new mixes each week and it finally paid off. After half a year as a guest DJ, Bobby was a B96 Chicagoland Mixmaster. At the time the mixmaster roster consisted of legends such as Bad Boy Bill, Julian Jumpin Perez, Tim Spinnin Schommer, Brian Hitmix Middleton and Frankie Hollywood Rodriguez.
Bobby once again took charge of his destiny in 1995 and became the first Chicagoland mixer to released a fully licensed dance mix compilation entitled Hot House Mix. This compilation was the first to lead Strictly Hype/Underground Construction Records into their ongoing process of releasing mix compilations worldwide. Hot House Mix is still being sold globally to date. Other mix compilations soon followed including UC 97 with Bobby D. and Tony B. on PR Records, Bobby D.s In The House on Underground Construction and The DJ Rocks on ESP-Sun/Roadrunner Records.
However, these releases were not Bobby s first compilations. Through the years Bobby created a collection of tapes and CDs that he used to promote his name and his talents called Edit Crazy. This collection originally began in the early 90s and continued for several years. Most of the early mixes were done on reel to reel tape and edited manually. The process was long and tedious and Bobby learned to master it, therefore earning the nickname The Edit Crazy Man.
The Edit Crazy Man became so recognized for his talents that in 1996 Tommy Boy Records approached him with a projecta 4 minute megamix of their best Jock Jam hits. Tackling this task put Bobby on the map faster than anything else he had accomplished at that point. The Jock Jam Megamix went multi-platinum and Bobby D. became a household name. People began to book Bobby for parties in droves and promoted him as the creator of the Jock Jam.
Less than a year later, Tommy Boy Records requested Bobby to do another Jock Jam megamix, this one was entitled, Its Awesome Baby! Bobby once again proved himself a success and was again approached by another company, Arista Records. He then created a very challenging New Wave 80s megamix for them to promote their Ultimate New Wave Dance Party compilation. This megamix turned out to be very popular with the retro bars and is still being played by request consistently.
Finally changing hats again in 1998, Bobby was requested to do a megamix for RCA/MCA. This one was definitely something that was new to hima country megamix for the band, Alabama. After spending days listening to their top 42 singles, Bobby went to work and once again surprised everyone, even himself. He ended up finishing the year with yet another Jock Jam megamix featuring Austin Powers.
Not only was Bobby busy with his weekly radio mixes, parties, megamixes and compilations but had decided to take it even further. In 1995 Jasper Stone Records was created. The first release was Who Came to Party by MCM-13. Starting the record company with this track was a huge success and Jasper Stone became the leader in club anthems continuing with My Ding Dong, 100% Not Guilty and the Jasper Stone number one selling record, How To Run A Train. These tracks continue even now, years later, to be very popular in clubs across the U.S. and overseas.
Jasper Stone Records has been proud to have tracks produced by DJ Angel Alanis, DJ Trajic, MCM-13, DJ Josh Collins, DJ Self, Mr. Eddie, DJ Josh R and many more. Other projects released on Jasper Stone have been mix compilations by Hypersound entitled Makin It Phat and Eric Bam Bam Ceas House Factor. With Jasper Stones growing popularity, two compilations were released containing all of Jasper Stones best club anthems called Jasper Stone Club Hits. Bobby also released a CD entitled Summer Mix 99 and Summer Mix 00 where he mixes the best of the Jasper Stone hard house.
Continuing his own record business and forever producing megamixes, compilations and street mixes in his studio, Bobby still finds time to hold residencies at clubs across the states. Some of his residencies have included Zero Gravity in Naperville, IL and Merrillville, IN, Galaxy Club in Des Plaines, IL and countless clubs outside the state such as Rock N Dome in Stitzer, WI, The Factory and Stars and Stripes in Davenport, IA. Performing at all of these clubs doesnt give Bobby much time, yet he still manages to travel to perform at raves and clubs across the country.
Last summer, Bobby took his talents to another extreme digital video editing and it looks like the edit crazy man has a future in movies and videos as a highly sought after video editor. Bobby not only shot his own video with the help of some friends, but he concepted and edited the whole thing, proving once again that he is a DJ of many, many talents. His first ever music video can be seen at clubs across the states and on the web.
So what does the future hold for this incredibly talented young man? Well, if you can catch up with him he may tell you that he may produce one of his own records one day, instead of doing remixes for other record labels. He may tell you that Jasper Stone will have a subsidiary label one day. He might even tell you that one day there will be an Edit Crazy 10. But the one thing you can count on is more Bobby D in some way. This is only the beginning. He has proved time and again that he can roll with the changes and adapt and come out even better than before. Having a mix show on the most listened to radio station in Chicago, running a prestigious record label, having multi-platinum megamixes and now digging into a world of music videos, has proved one thing for sure
Bobby D.s In The House!
Real Name: Marek Kalinowski. Former B96 radio DJ (1996 - 2003). Legendary B96 mixmaster known for Euro & Trance style mixes - the first of their kind for the time period. Has since completely removed himself from the music scene and focuses on his car modding business.
I came from Poland in the late 1970s with my family. A couple years later, as a young student at Gordon Tech high school, I remember watching Julian Jumpin’ Perez and Bad Boy Bill mixing at the school’ parties. I never thought back then that 10 years later I’d be mixing on B96.
I was a diligent student and a pretty good soccer player. I went to Marquette University for two years before transferring to Loyola University. In one of my accounting classes, I met a girl who worked for the school’ radio station — ENERGY 88.7 FM. She introduced me to some key people at the station, and less then a year later we started the Powerpack — a group of five DJs, each with a different musical style, mixing on the radio station — just like we do now at B96. At the time, I was mixing what we called techno — songs from groups like 2 UnLimited, the " James Brown Is Dead" song, Speedracer, etc.
The year was 1992, and back in Europe, there was the birth what we now call Euro — not to say that Euro did not exist before 1992. What I mean is that this was the year when European groups like Captain Hollywood Project, Real McCoy, Haddaway, and 2 Unlimited made it BIG in the US. They paved the way for groups such as Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Fun Factory, Vengaboys, etc. I saw what was going on over in Europe and realized that it was just a matter of time before Euro music crossed over to the radio stations in this country, so I made a Euro mix for the first time to be played on the station. That night, the radio DJ called me and said that he could not keep up with all the phone calls — the listeners loved it. From this moment on, I never stopped playing Euro.
I graduated from Loyola University in 1993, and oh, no — I wasn’t a music major — on the contrary, I was an accounting geek. Later that year, something just hit me. I got up early one morning, called my friend Peter, and told him that we were going to open up an Euro music store. He thought that I was crazy. On October 8, 1994, we opened one of two retail music stores called Markski CDs ∓ Tapes.
Throughout high school and college, I was mixing at most of the Polish nightclubs in Chicago — that is where I got my DJ experience. Then sometime in the summer of 1995, I received the call… I started mixing on B96 on January 1, 1996. I couldn’t believe it – and, as a matter of fact, it took me another year to realize what had happened. When I first got to college, I thought I was going to be a physical therapist and t hen an accountant. To my surprise, I ended up being a DJ on the biggest radio station in the country, B96.
Real Name: Chris Chudzik. Former B96 radio DJ (1996 - 2003). To Kool Chris is a Chicago House DJ and has been spinning at some of the biggest clubs in the city and around the world for over a decade. He also owns/operates Dance Factory Radio.
Real Name: Brian Middleton. Former B96 radio DJ (1986 - 2002). First joined the station as a weekend host in 1985 but B96 did not launch a mix show until 1986. Remained at the station as an on-air personality until 2006)
Real Name: Frankie Rodriguez. Former B96 radio DJ (1989 - 1994). Legendary DJ/Producer. Remained on the station as an on-air personality until 1997.
Real Name: Tim Schommer. Former B96 radio DJ (1989 - 2003). Legendary DJ/Producer. Remained on the station as an on-air personality until 2005.
Tim Schommer, or "Spinnin" as his middle name is referred to, hails from the East side of Madison, WI. His father ran the local YMCA, which gave Schommer the opportunity to DJ at funded parties in the gym. At 15, Schmommer landed a job mixing at a local club and working at a small radio station. Soon after, he got a job at some of the clubs in nearby Chicago, where he met Julian "Jumpin" Perez. Perez was responsible for putting together a group of DJs for a local radio show that included Schommer, Bad Boy Bill, Frankie Hollywood Rodriguez, and other names that would go on to make it in bigger circles. The show, B96 Street Flava...Flava For Your Ears, gained the DJs local and national exposure.
Real Name: CL McSpadden. Former B96 radio DJ (1995 - 200?). Phoenix-based syndicated mixer who often did the Lunch time & Five O'Clock (5:00pm) Traffic Jam mixes.
Real Name: ?. Former B96 radio DJ (1995 - 2006). First joined B96 as a guest mixer on the "Street Flava" program in 1995 but did not become a regular mixer until 1997.
Chicago-born, DJSPEED found the music of the streets at a young age. As he grew, the club & party scene got him mixed in the vibe. And soon after that, he started his radio career at Chicago’s B96 mixshow and expanded to many radio stations from LA to Miami. Pioneer Electronics also hired him in their debut and development of their staple CDJ & DVJ turntables. Speed has toured the nation performing alongside Timbaland, Paul Oakenfold, Beyonce, Run DMC, Jay Z, & Eminem (to name a few).
He honed his open format style at a time when styles didn’t cross genres, a fusion made easy from his deep Hip Hop background meeting the mainstream demands of radio. Today Speed continues to tour as his sound has further evolved into one tailored for every party, festival and nightclubs he plays.
Real Name: Maurice Joshua. Former B96 radio DJ (1999 - 2002). Also known just as Maurice, born in Chicago, Illinois, is a Grammy Award winning record producer who is most known for his laid-back and soulful house music-style remixes.
Grammy-nominated remixer/producer/songwriter/DJ Maurice Joshua has worked with Destiny's Child ("Independent Woman," "Say My Name"), N'Sync, Michael Jackson, and the Backstreet Boys and others. He began honing his skills in the '80s during the early days of house music. Born in Chicago, Joshua started playing the tuba in his preteens. Joining Steve "Silk" Hurley's ID Productions, he worked with Ce Ce Peniston, Brownstone, and other acts. In 2000, Maurice Joshua was creating remixes for Chicago FM radio station B96 and was working with Houston, TX-based act Signature and Miss Universe 1995/singer Chelsea Smith among his many projects.
Real Name: Dan Morrell. Former B96 radio DJ (2001 - 2011). Originally known as "DJ Smurf" before mixing under his real name.
Dan Morrell can rock a crowd with the “best of em”! Whether Dan is in the clubs spinning at the best parties, on the radio releasing new material, or in the studio producing hits, he is constantly surrounding himself with new challenges and opportunities. Hard work is nothing new to The Mixmaster as he started his musical career in college as a campus favorite DJ. It was from his determination and talent to play the best music that he landed an internship at what was at the time branded as Chicago’s “Most Listened To Radio Station.” As an intern, Dan quickly learned the in’s and out’s of the entertainment business and knew he wanted to be on the radio.
When the opportunity came for Dan to work with B96, he fully embraced the offer. Since 2001, Dan’s mixes have been heard across Chicago on the B96 Streetmix and at the hottest nightclubs across the country. In 2010 Dan was asked to do ground breaking rock mixes for JACK-FM in Chicago which he gladly added to his list of duties. In addition to his 14 year run at B96, Dan’s CBS Radio experience also includes DJing events for the West Coast Top 40 powerhouse, AMP radio in Los Angeles (the home to media legends like Carson Daly) and is excited to bring his talent and high energy show to where ever the party is at!
He has opened for such acts as Kanye West, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, Akon, Rhianna, Shakira, Run DMC, Sean Paul, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, to name a few. His impeccable reputation in Chicago has also opened other doors for him, like being the Chicago Bears’ exclusive DJ for their Official Tailgate Parties and Draft-Day Parties.
From his talent as a DJ and as an entrepreneur, Dan has since started Mixmastered Records. This new chapter in Dan’s life includes music production and collaborations with Chicago legend, Soundmaster T. With radio, TV, and film placements, this duo is ready to have everyone dancing to their original music and official major label remixes.
Real Name: ?. Former B96 radio DJ (2003 - 2012).
LOUIE LOOP a Chicago based DJ/Producer. LOUIE LOOP has been a big part of the club scene for many years. His fierce set consists of a flawless mixture of House, Progressive House and some of the best pounding Electro House outside of Europe! Louie has produced, rocked and shared the stage alongside many great acts and world renowned DJ’s and producers such as: Erick Morillo, Bad Boy Bill, Bingo Players, DJ Bam Bam, Richard Humpty Vision, Arno Cost, David Tort, Alex Peace, Yolanda Be Cool, Edward Maya, LMFAO, Steve Aoki, Paul Oakenfold and many more. LOUIE LOOP turned out amazing performances across the nation in: L.A, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Grand Rapids and Detroit, Tucson, Phoenix, Tempe, Indiana, Wisconsin, Toronto, St. Louis, Chicago, Greece and Europe and many more.
As a performing artist, LOUIE LOOP always bringings the best musical selections with him, LOUIE LOOP is known to burn his grooves into the minds of listeners. Always wanting to leave each city he performs in with more of a fan base. Every true person in the scene involved today, whether it be a promoter, DJ, producer or a fan of the music should get the opportunity to see LOUIE LOOP and leave nothing behind and pull out all the stops to ensure one of the most electrifying and hardest working DJ today. “I believe that as a DJ, I strive to be different and take those extra steps to ensure a great show. I don’t just want to sit up there in front of 5000 people and mix, blend records, twist knobs and press buttons. The crowd is there to see, me and I won’t be happy until I see each and everyone in the place clap, jump, scream and get hype. It is my goal to keep that feeling going from the first record all the way until the last. If they leave feeling fulfilled, I do too.” You can check out Louie Loop's nightclub residency every Saturday night at Chicago's #1 Mega Club V-LIVE!
LOUIE LOOP a member of DJ DUO “Double Impact” ( Louie Loop and Greg The Groove) has also released 5 incredible globally distributed Mix-CD’s through UC Music, a Chicago based label that included superstar DJ’s such as DJ Irene, Alex Peace, Dj Bam Bam, DJ Funk, Richard Humpty Vission and many more. They also took volume 6 of America’s #1 best-selling Hard House Mix Series-“House Blend” to new heights! The popularity of LOUIE LOOP is astonishing across the US, European and Australian radio airwaves as well. LOUIE LOOP has produced mixes for many mix-shows across the world: Star FM-Greece, Energy 88.7 FM-Chicago, WBBM FM B96- Chicago, Cyber Radio 92.7 FM-Chicago, WCRX 88.1 FM-Chicago, Power 105.5 FM-Sacramento, CA, Wild 94.9 FM-San Francisco, CA, Melbourne, Australia and online at grooveradio.com, groovetech.com and clubjam.com, Ghetto House Radio and Strictly Dance Radio powered by 1club.fm & 10+ years on his hometown B96 Street Mix.
Real Name: Bill Basil. Former B96 radio DJ (2003 - 2012).
In an age when the industry embraces a generation of superstar DJs, this young, talented artist shines through. Gaining credibility over the years, Bill Basil, commonly known on the airwaves as DJ Billy The Kid, redrew the margins and strived to become one the most respected and sought after DJs from Chicago. Being in consistant demand has given Bill the pleasure & opportunity to work & share the stage with respected names of stage & screen (The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Rhianna, The Prodigy, Jamiroquai, Lady Gaga, & Mariah Carey to name a few).
Besides his massive show on WBBM B96.3 FM, he maintains some of the hottest nights in Chicago as his residencies, as well as being invited to air guest mixes on some of the most respected stations in the world (Radio 105 Italy, Ibiza Global, & Radio 1 Greece). Thus reaching true heights in the dance music community and gaining national and international recognition in droves. Bill was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year 2006 and Dj of the Year 2004 & 2005 for Chicago by Scion and Local Sound Chicago. He was also a featured Dj at the prestigious Winter Music Conference in Miami 2004, 2006, and under his monkier in 2008 & 2009 with business partner Gus Calderone as “The House Moguls”.
Receiving much praise producing and remixing as Bill Basil or under “The House Moguls”, his material has found its way into the hands of some of the most influential and dominant producers in the electronic scene. Producing for some of the biggest labels and artists in the world, Bill’s music has broke the top 10 on Europe’s prestigious Radio 1 dance show and Buzz Chart as well as been featured on Sirius Satellite, Music Choice, AOL Music, BPM’s XM, Billboard Magazine’s Dance Chart, and gotten plays from the worlds biggest Djs (Tiesto, David Guetta, Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo, Dj AM, Paul Van Dyk, Bad Boy Bill, Stonebridge, MSTRKRFT, Mark Knight, Antoine Clamaran, Laidback Luke, & Pete Tong, to name a few). His hit track “Get That Feelin” received major kudos from Djs around the globe as well as being featured in Episode 7 of the world-wide hit TV show “Ugly Betty”, which airs in over 31 countries. It was also licensed by the hi end fashion chain Armani Exchange, to be aired on rotation in all of their stores world-wide & used in their international campaign. His remix of Daft Punks’ “One More Time” was also canned by major jocks & became the official theme song to the massive Seoul World Dj Festival in Korea. Dj Armando of XM/Sirius Radio fame credits,“The House Moguls sound is the closest you can get in the United States to the production of the heavyweights overseas”. The duo was also given a feature from the pinnacle of dance music press DJ MAG, quoting “The Dj Elite is chomping at their remixes!” Even with truly impressive credentials at hand, there is no stopping near in sight for this young and quite talented Dj / Producer.
Real Name: Mario Nieves. Former B96 radio DJ (2005 - ?).
Hailing from Chicago, USA (the birthplace of House Music), Josh The Funky 1 wears the hat of DJ, producer, radio/podcast host and founder of the label Funktion Recordings.
His first exposure to house music came through Chicago radio station B96 (96.3 fm), where every Friday and Saturday night the sounds of early Chicago House were being radiated into the streets. It’s only naturally fitting then that several years later, he was hand picked to become a weekly resident on B96, the exact same Mix Show that initially hooked him in. While local radio proved to be an invaluable experience, as the digital era progressed it also became limiting.
As is the natural progression for DJ’s to start producing their own music, it was while still a teenager that Josh found himself releasing his first original productions on Chicago based label, International House Records (I.H.R.). Owned by DJ Bad Boy Bill, he quickly snapped up his first single, and it was soon there after that Josh was personally enlisted to be a studio engineer and co-producer on his “Bangin the Box” Mix CD series.
With a wealth of experience under his belt already at an early age, it was apparent that having your own label was essential in creating a brand and identity. Founded and birthed in 2001, Funktion Recordings became a record label for both international artists as well as his own original material. Looking to expand the labels capacity he began a partnership with long time friend and associate, Gus Calderone in 2005. Both passionate and sharing the same vision, they have worked tirelessly at bringing the U.S. based label to the forefront of the International Dance Music world. “ The record label has become so important to me in this digital era where there is just to much music out there for DJ’s to sort through, a trusted brand like ours is vital as a point of reference when searching for new music.” With a growing catalogue from a who’s who of producers including David Tort, Ian Carey, Franky Rizardo, Granite & Phunk, the label is firmly placed at the top of DJ’s go-to list. Of course the label has also been a platform for Josh’s own releases while letting him lend a hand remixing the likes of Kurd Maverick, Chriss Ortega, Harrison Crump, and Erick Decks.