Another month, another foundational figure in Chicago House Music history playing for Wired Fridays, the free downtown dance party held 1st and 3rd Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Up above you have the seminal theme song of the man that God Made Phunky, Mike Dunn, wild piano riffs stabbing everyone that comes near. Mike is the 6th member of the Chosen Few to play Wired Fridays this coming March 6, 2015, free from noon to 1pm and presented by the City of Chicago Department of Culture and Special Events.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington/Randolph Square
Growing up record shopping with his mom and listening to his parents’ music collection at home in Chicago’s Robert Taylor Lower Development Homes, Mike Dunn fell in love with soul, funk and disco music, and later, house music and hip hop. That love took him outside his home when he began DJing block club and basement parties in and around his neighborhood, then progressed to clubs and events around the city, working with house music legends such as Bam Bam, Tyree Cooper, Marshall Jefferson, Armando and others. In 1987, Mike produced his first house music release, “Dance You Mutha” on Westbrook Records.
As he continued to work in the studio in Chicago and in clubs around the world, Mike’s signature Chicago house track/acid house and hip house sound emerged and was reflected in a string of releases, including house classics “So Let It Be Houze!”, “Pressure Cooker” “Life Goes On”, “Magic Feet”, “God Made Me Phunky” and the infamous “Phreaky MF”.
Mike later added hip hop and R&B to his production plate when he inked a deal with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records for his imprint, Dunn Ruff Entertainment, through which he released the Chicago anthem, “On My Momma” by True Enuff featuring Swing & Bigg Huss. He also produced records for Public Announcement, Do or Die, Syleena Johnson and Jennifer Hudson. Most recently, Mike has teamed up with long-time friend and fellow Chosen Few DJ member Terry Hunter to create House N’ HD, a production group that already has stirred up a buzz with its first two releases and is working on a third with Chicago MC Teefa. The newest member of The Chosen Few DJs, Mike joined the group in 2012.