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Feature stories, profiles and interviews with leading House Music DJs, producers and vocalists from more than 14 years of 5 Magazine.

Tortured Soul

How About You Just DJ? Tortured Soul Answers

Seven years ago, I saw Tortured Soul live and said to myself: "This is the future I'm looking at." Everybody I knew that kind of wanted to DJ kind of started to DJ. It seemed...
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DJs That Inspire: Edward Fields

Stories of DJs come and go, but sometimes there are those that go beyond the ordinary and need to be shared. I've known Edward Fields for a few years now. he's always been incredibly kind,...
Frankie Knuckles

This Entire Scene Was Frankie Knuckles’ Dance Floor

Where do you begin the story of the man who began it all? The man who began it for you? Should I start at the beginning - the literal beginning, the first three words of...
monoman

Monoman: The 5 Magazine Interview

Does the name Monoman mean anything to you? How about 'Matty Lopez'? 'Matthew Johnson'? They are all aliases of one and the same guy, whose elusiveness is at least partly by design.
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im/Print: Minneapolis Exchange

Our second new label profile features Aaron Bliss and Minneapolis Exchange, the new vinyl imprint from the great American midwest.
eric kupper

The Final Cuts: Eric Kupper on Frankie Knuckles

From The Whistle Song to Director's Cut, Eric Kupper probably made more records with Frankie Knuckles than any other man or woman alive. He's produced more than 2000 records in his own right (including work...

Atjazz, Opolopo, Daz-I-Kue Remix Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Church

Mark de Clive-Lowe has announced a new remix album based upon his critically acclaimed 2014 LP, Church. Church Remixed features nine remixes (and five bonus tracks on the Traxsource edition) featuring the talents of...

Phuture Past: DJ Pierre’s First Party Was In a Barn

Seems like every time I sit down with DJ Pierre, we wind up with a lot more material than we can squeeze into print. Last time, we had a lengthy discourse on the meaning...
mood ii swing

Mood II Swing: Back In The Groove

Mood II Swing's Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone left an indelible imprint in House music's global psyche since their debut in the early '90s. With Lem on keyboards and John doing the beats, their...
Gene Farris

Gene Farris: The 5 Magazine Interview

ONE OF THE MOST accomplished DJs and producers of House Music's "second wave" of the 1990s, Gene Farris picked up himself and his Farris Wheel Recordings imprint last October and returned to Chicago, the...
david marston

David Marston: The 5 Mag Interview

David Marston has released two sunny and splendidly melodic records for Soul Clap Records, Jamaicalia and Kindness of Bearer. People cannot stop raving about them.
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Watch: New Documentary on “The Disco King of Skokie”

New film The Disco King of Skokie sheds new light on Carey Weiman and Chicago's '70s disco scene through House Music to EDM.

Dennis Ferrer Reinvents Himself, Again & Again

Never one to be shy about his views on the current musical climate, Dennis Ferrer's interviews always draw lots of attention. Getting ready to play here in Chicago this Friday, this time he tackles festival...

Metamorphic Reissues Titonton’s Classic Embryonic

The Midwest massive gets better with age - just glance at any credible chart from week to week and you'll see new records from House Music and Techno producers who came of age in...

Chicago Skyway: The 5 Magazine Interview

"Chicago is still the best city in the world when it comes to dance music." This is not a controversial statement from Chicago Skyway, but it's one he is uniquely qualified to make. Sean Hernandez...

Robert Williams Music Box Memoirs

At every critical moment in early House Music history, Robert Williams was there. As the owner of the original Warehouse to the Music Box to the parties he continues to throw today, Robert Williams is an icon, a treasure of the Chicago House Music scene.
dance mania

Dance Mania is Still Running This Shit

Of the dozens of classic Chicago House labels that ran aground at the turn of the millennium, none was more lamented than Dance Mania. Lost during the Great Record Store Die-Off of the early...

Derrick Carter and Chez Damier: Live at the Apple Store

We promised a night of education, laughter and inspiration and we hope that's what you got from 5 Magazine's first moderated panel at the North Michigan Avenue Apple Store last Friday, June 12, 2015...

DJ Lego Interview

DJING SINCE HE WAS 11 years old, Chicago's own Rafael "Légo" Rodriguez is now one of the most sought after djs and producers in the world. His Monday night Boom Boom Room, going on...
cajmere

Cajmere: 20 Years of Cajual Records (And Counting)

Somewhere in your town - especially if your town is named Chicago - it's quite likely that at this very moment, a DJ is mixing into the sounds of Cajual right now

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Remembering Legendary Vocalist Michael Procter

The voice of definitive house music classics "Deliver Me" and "Love Don't Live" has passed away.
Chicago House DJ John Simmons

John Simmons: All I Can Say

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