Bargrooves Black

This is a two CD mix set covering a pretty wide array of genres for just one release. Disc 1 is compiled and mixed by Ben Sowton; much of it is trancey and falls...

DJ Slugo: Juke or Die

He does it once more! That's right Chicago's own DJ Slugo drops another classic booty mix CD. And he proves that he must be recognized as truly one of the foremost pioneers of Ghetto...

Andre Harris: Dance With Me

The latest from Andre Harris on his Innate Soul digital label hearkens back a bit with a spoken word vocal reminiscent of Phuture. The vocal could go over well among a gay crowd or...

JoJo Baby: The 5 Magazine Interview

No matter whether you are new to the Chicago House scene or a veteran, you have felt the unmistakable energy that happens when a party has just the right combination of music and people....

Groove Junkies: The 5 Magazine Interview (2007)

THE HISTORY OF THE music industry, from Perry Como to Perry Farrell, might be littered with burned-out artists hyped as the Next Big Thing, but the House music industry doesn't live by those rules....

Cheyenne – “It’s In My Heart”

More on the progressive tip than straight-ahead House, this track exhibits some interesting arrangements and genuinely uplifting vocals from the singer Cheyenne. The mix has a lot of bells and whistles which makes it...
michael ezebukwu

Michael Ezebukwu: The 5 Magazine Interview

What do you know about Michael Ezebukwu? One of the legendary, most obscure original Chicago House DJs mounts a comeback.

Ron Trent: The 5 Magazine Interview

What happens when you raise a boy with Afrocentrism, polyrhythms, and mathematical precision? What if you throw in some music history, an extensive discography, love for movement, education, wisdom and a vision? The boy grows...
dj cameron

DJ Cameron Interview

One set and he blew us away, and now you can check him out too. Chicago native Cameron Da DJ will add another residency (in his third city) to his belt starting January 12,...

Vick Lavender Interview

ON NOVEMBER 10TH, a fascinating group of artists, musicians, DJs, label heads and music afficionados from all walks of life came together for the latest installment of Diaspora's Den at the Vida Lounge. Headlining...

Stacy Kidd Interview

Interview by Boogie McClarin YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW his name, but you've definitely danced to his songs. Now, after a decade of production and a list of tracks long as my arm, there is a...

“Lady Kier. Lady Miss Kier. That bitch from Deee-Lite. That’s fine too.”

Our amazing interview with the legendary vocalist Lady Miss Kier. Worth quoting.
Andre Hatchett

Andre Hatchett Interview

ANDRE HATCHETT IS my new party buddy. The first time I met him, he spun at my dance show at the HotHouse and blew everyone away. Fast forward three years later, I make it...
Tortured Soul

Tortured Soul: Ethan White, JKriv and John-Christian Urich

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT the experience of hearing a live House band. The warmth, the impromptu acts of virtuosity and the electricity of the crowd can move your soul more than any prerecorded track ever...

Louie Vega Interview

HE HAS BEEN CALLED "the Miles Davis of dance music". An undisputed legend, his nearly 20 year career has brought us unforgettable hits such as "The Nervous Track", "It's Alright, I Feel It", "Beautiful...

David Risque: Global Groove Guru

IF YOU SPEND any time in Chicago, you will invariably conclude two things: It is a beautiful city and it is a musical city. With presentations by the finest musicians in every genre, from...
cece peniston

CeCe Peniston Interview

IT BEGAN AS a young girl's poem on finding Mr. Right and turned into a song that catapulted her into instant fame. "Finally" was a Billboard #1 hit, went multi-platinum worldwide, and made CeCe...

Terry Hunter Interview

Interview with Terry Hunter from the May 2006 issue of 5 Magazine
DJ Paul Johnson

The Paul Johnson Story

EVERY PRODUCER, DJ, dancer or fanatic will tell you that House music is in their blood. DJs drag their crates from gig to gig, from city to city, passing mix tapes on anyone that...
Marques Wyatt

Marques Wyatt: The 5 Magazine Interview

IT MAY BE THE center of the entertainment industry, but Los Angeles seems like the edge of the world when it comes to House music. Or so it would seem to those of us...