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Check out the amazing ChicagoMade SXSW 2015 Recap Reel that was produced by our good friends at Audiotree!

 

At SXSW 2015, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black interviewed Chicago’s premier artists, industry makers and ambassadors, at locations across SXSW Interactive and Music.

 

What follows the culmination of those interviews, with updates posting regularly. Find the #ChicagoMade SXSW 2015 interview album below. All interviews hosted by Jaime Black for #ChicagoMade via Choose Chicago, DCASE, and World Business Chicago,  and produced by Audrey Sutherland.

 

CVU379 – Towkio
Over a hotel breakfast at the start of the day, Towkio opens up about everything going on in his world, from his forthcoming .Wav Theory mixtape, to collaborations with Chicago electronic act Louis The Child. The MC also shares his thoughts on Chicago’s music scene coming up, and reps for his collaborators in SaveMoney.

 

 

CVU380 – Holt
In a hotel lobby midday interview, Chicago’s Nigel Holt opens up about the difference between his Holt and Hollywood Holt styles and projects, and how and why he separated the two. The artist also shares his thoughts about Chicago’s place and community in the larger musical conversation, weighing in on Glass Lux and Perfect Kiss, Fall Out Boy, Flosstradamus, and Kanye West.

 

 

CVU381 – Glass Lux
Alfonso Mayen, Emily Morse, and Leo Saucedo of Glass Lux reveal their experiences working with Holt on his new music, and share their excitement around the group’s upcoming Millennium Park show.

 

 

CVU382 – The O’My’s
In the midst of SXSW Music, Maceo Haymes of The O’My’s opens up about the anxiety and reward that comes with venturing into new cities on tour, delves into the group’s new Keeping The Faith EP, and recalls a life-changing car accident that helped move him and the band forward.

 

 

CVU383 – Khori⁴
Rapper Khori⁴ shares his experiences alternating between St. Louis and Chicago as a home base, and discusses some of the trials he’s gone through as an independent artist.

 

 

CVU384 – Rapper Chicks
The trio of Psalm One (a.k.a. Hologram Kizzie), Angel Davanport, and Fluffy connect with Dynasty Podcasts to discuss their goals in cultivating a creative community in Chicago. Each artist also shares details of their own individual projects, including Psalm and ProbCause‘s ZRO FOX project (more on that in Prob’s SXSW interview).

 

 

CVU385 – Genevieve
At the end of SXSW 2015, Genevieve checks in with Jaime Black to discuss all the recent changes in her life, from moving from Chicago to LA, to pursuing a brighter, more vibrant sound on her new Show Your Colors EP. The singer-songwriter also reveals what it’s like when she returns to perform in Chicago, and shares how she’s embracing her new-found creative freedom.

 

 

At SXSW 2015, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black interviewed Chicago’s premier artists, industry makers and ambassadors, at locations across SXSW Interactive and Music.

 

What follows is a roll out of those interviews, with updates posting regularly. Find the #ChicagoMade SXSW 2015 interview album below. All interviews hosted by Jaime Black for #ChicagoMade via Choose Chicago, DCASE, and World Business Chicago,  and produced by Audrey Sutherland.

 

CVU372 – Michael Renaud (Pitchfork)

In an interview outside Mohawk on Red River, Pitchfork Media’s Michael Renaud delves into his role as creative director of the worldwide music brand. Renaud offers his thoughts on the site’s quarterly publication, The Pitchfork Review, explaining how the online brand approached long-form print journalism in a digital world. The SXSW panelist also spoke to Pitchfork’s Chicago roots, and why the city is home to the site’s annual summer festival.

 

 

CVU373 – Heather West (Western Publicity)

SXSW veteran Heather West makes her Dynasty Podcasts debut in an interview recorded at the Austin Convention Center, prior to her mentor session. The noted, now Chicago-based publicist reflects on her Austin roots, and reveals what SXSW was like in its earliest days. West also shares what’s she’s excited about in Chicago in 2015, and hints at new developments happening with this year’s Riot Fest.

 

 

CVU374 – JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

JC Brooks and Jeremy Tromburg of The Uptown Sound and side project The K.I.D. reveal how changes in the former group have reenergized the band, while hinting at the direction of the latter project. The frontman also shares his thoughts on The Uptown Sound label Bloodshot Records, as well as the status of new Uptown Sound music on the horizon.

 

 

CVU375 – Xoe Wise

Chicago singer-songwriter Xoe Wise returns to Dynasty Podcasts to spill the latest on both her self-titled solo project, as well as her synth-pop Kinky Love outfit. Wise reveals details on her forthcoming Racecar Orgasm: Foreplay EP, as well as its in-the-works long-form companion, Racecar Orgasm.

 

 

CVU376 – Archie Powell & The Exports

Following up on his Riot Fest 2014 appearance, Archie Powell revisits the podcast with Ryan Export, to share what they love about SXSW. The duo also open up about the highs and lows of being in a band, as well as offering thoughts on new Exports music in the works.

 

 

CVU377 – Rebecca Brunner

Up-and-coming Chicago singer-songwriter Rebecca Brunner shares details about her musical upbringing, and how she knew she was headed towards singing from an early age. Brunner also weighs in on why right now is such a great time to be an artist in Chicago, and previews her ambitions for new music on the way.

 

 

CVU378 – Lili K.

Joined by her bandmates William Kurk, Matthew Skillz, and Myron Cherry, Chicago soul artist Lili K. visits Dynasty Podcasts barely an hour into her SXSW trip. The artist discusses her reasoning for going the DIY route as her own manager, with her band weighing in on the experience of making the group’s upcoming full length, Ruby.

 

 

At SXSW 2015, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black interviewed Chicago’s premier artists, industry makers and ambassadors, at the #ChicagoMade trade show booth and showcase, as well as at locations across SXSW Interactive and Music.

 

What follows is a roll out of those interviews, with updates posting regularly. Find the #ChicagoMade SXSW 2015 interview album below. All interviews hosted by Jaime Black for #ChicagoMade via Choose Chicago, DCASE, and World Business Chicago,  and produced by Audrey Sutherland.

 

CVU366 – ProbCause

Following his performance at the #ChicagoMade trade show booth, Chicago MC ProbCause shares his love for touring and performing in front of both new and returning audiences in other cities. The artist also names the acts he sees coming up in Chicago, and reveals details of his ZRO FOX collaboration with Psalm One.

 

 

CVU367 – Gemini Club

Prior to soundcheck at the #ChicagoMade SXSW showcase, Dynasty Podcasts regulars Gordon Bramli, Ryan Luciani, andDan Brunelle of Gemini Club (pictured above) return to the show following their Lollapalooza 2014 appearance. The trio open up about the latest behind the scenes action in the Gemini Club camp, from new music on deck to looking for the right deal to move forward with.

 

 

CVU368 – Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta

With only a few minutes to spare before their soundcheck at the #ChicagoMade showcase, the members of Dos Santos – Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza, and Peter Maestro Vale – weigh in on the diverse sounds of Chicago’s music scene. The act also touches on their just-released full length, Dos Santos.

 

 

CVU369 – Twin Peaks

At the #ChicagoMade showcase, the Twin Peaks squad – Cadien, Connor, Clay, Jack, and Colin – reflect about life on the road, and how touring has become the new normal for the band. The group also reveals what they do when they have time off at home, and share their thoughts on graduating from the “baby band” label.

 

 

CVU370 – Mike Golden

Cross-genre Chicago singer-songwriter Mike Golden shares new details about the evolution of his musical identity, and the sound and focus of his newly-branded Golden project. The artist also gives a window for when new his new music is set to drop, and talks about the art of making bar and barbecue music.

 

 

CVU371 – Bernie Levv

Chicago talent Bernie Levv makes her Dynasty Podcasts debut, opening up about the intent and ambitions of her forthcoming full length, The Golden Hour. Levv also reflects on how Young Chicago Authors impacted her craft, and states why Chicago doesn’t have anything to prove to either of the coasts.

 

 

At SXSW 2015, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black interviewed Chicago’s premier artists, industry makers and ambassadors, at the #ChicagoMade trade show booth and showcase, as well as at locations across SXSW Interactive and Music.

 

What follows is a roll out of those interviews, with updates posting regularly. Find the #ChicagoMade SXSW 2015 interview album below. All interviews hosted by Jaime Black for #ChicagoMade via Choose Chicago, DCASE, and World Business Chicago,  and produced by Audrey Sutherland.

 

 

CVU360 – Harper Reed
Chicago entrepreneur and tech star Harper Reed kicks off Dynasty Podcasts’ SXSW 2015 interviews, in a chat recorded at the #ChicagoMade trade show booth. Reed delves into the origins and ambitions of his new startup, Modest, shares his thoughts on the role of Chicago industry in the larger national conversation, and reveals exactly what he loves about Chicago in 2015.

 

 

CVU361 – Chaz Ebert
Chaz Ebert, of Ebert Digital, Ebert Productions, and The Ebert Company, reflects on her SXSW panel, The Future of Film Criticism: Diversify or Die, and details the efforts to diversify the voices at RogerEbert.com. Ebert also shares her enthusiasm for Chicago as a cultural hub, and discusses the upcoming Ebertfest film festival.

 

 

CVU362 – TechNexus
In an interview recorded at the #ChicagoMade trade show booth, Terry Howerton of TechNexus discusses innovation and adaptation in Chicago’s startup scene, and reveals why he believes entrepreneurs should be solving harder problems.

 

 

CVU363 – Nusiki
Onsite at the SXSW trade show for their own booth, Tim Welch and Ben Hewitt of Chicago startup Nusiki open up about the purpose of the music-sharing app. The duo also reveal the backstory of their startup and how the project came together, and share why right now is such an exciting time to be at the intersection of music and tech in Chicago,

 

 

CVU364 – CIMMfest
Josh Chicoine of the annual Chicago music and film festival CIMMfest checks in at SXSW to reveal how he’s seen the Austin, TX festival change over the last ten years. Chicoine also previews components of next month’s CIMMfest programming, and discusses transitioning from his work as a musician in projects like The M’s and Cloudbirds, to developing and organizing a festival like CIMMfest.

 

 

CVU365 – Music Dealers
Music Dealers CEO and co-founder Eric Sheinkop returns to Dynasty Podcasts at SXSW, following his interview at the conference last spring to promote his recent book, Hit Brands: How Music Builds Value for the World’s Smartest Brands. Now, in 2015, Sheinkop reflects on recent Music Dealers accomplishments, including the company’s First $15 Million landmark, as well as their collaboration with Airbnb. He also offers his take on why Chicago is the perfect city to anchor Music Dealers, even as the company expands into new markets.

 

 

If you joined us in Austin this year, we want to say THANK  YOU for making our second appearance  at SXSW a huge success!

 

From March 15 – March 18 the ChicagoMade crew was stationed on the trade show floor at the Austin Convention Center promoting Chicago’s creative industries and the artists, entrepreneurs and visionaries who bring these industries to life. From film to fashion, to technology and music the response to Chicago’s presence was overwhelmingly positive.

 

Chicago Made SXSW 2015Adam Alexander Photography

 

Chicago Made SXSW 2015 Adam Alexander Photography

 

The ChicagoMade trade show booth offered meet-and-greet opportunities with “Chicago Ambassadors” — a “who’s who” from Chicago’s technology, music and film industries, along with performances by a variety of Chicago’s musical acts.

 

Chicago Made SXSW 2015 Adam Alexander Photography

 

The booth also featured lounge areas and a 12-foot high visual centerpiece produced from original artwork by rising Chicago artist Sam Kirk. Thousands of pictures were taken of the booth and we received a TON of compliments on the design. Check out the process for the artwork that Sam created below.

 

 

The ChicagoMade music showcase on Tuesday, March 17 was an epic night of performances by some of Chicago’s most notable rising musicians including: hip-hop artist Vic Mensa, buzzing rock and rollers Twin Peaks, indie-electronica four-piece outfit Gemini Club, pan-Latin American cumbia band Dos Santos Antibeat Orquesta and experimental hip-hop duo Leather Corduroys. The music showcase was hosted by legendary emcee Psalm One aka Hologram Kizzie. Check out what Stereogum had to say about Vic Mensa’s performance.

 

Chicago Made SXSW 2015 Adam Alexander Photography

 

Chicago Made SXSW 2015 Adam Alexander Photography

 

Dynasty Podcasts – a local podcast that spotlights Chicago-based creatives, conducted exclusive interviews with ChicagoMade ambassadors and artists on the ground at SXSW. Look out for the SXSW interview album coming soon!

 

We’ll see you at SXSW in 2016!

Looking ahead to SXSW 2015, we checked in with the Co-Founder and CEO of Bloodshot Records, Nan Warshaw at the Bloodshot Records headquarters in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago on what it means to be ChicagoMade.

 

Nan Warshaw co-founded Bloodshot Records in 1994.  Almost two decades and over 200 releases later, Nan continues to slog away at this scrappy indie label in order to work with bands she loves. Through Bloodshot, she is honored to have launched the careers of Ryan Adams, Neko Case, and Justin Townes Earle, and to have had a role model in the exceptionally prolific, hardworking and hard drinking Welsh-Mayor-of-Chicago, Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, plus 50 more bands), who taught her she need not compromise her DIY punk ethics to work in the bowels of the music business.  Today Nan’s excited to be working new releases by  Murder By Death, Banditos, Cory Branan, and many more.

 

 

Meet Nan Warshaw at the ChicagoMade SXSW Trade Show Happy Hour
Austin Convention Center, Booth# 619
Tuesday, March 17th
4PM – 6PM

 

Follow Bloodshot Records @BSHQ

Entrepreneur, Designer and Co-Founder of Kickstarter , Charles Adler sat down with us ahead of SXSW on why he chooses to live and work in Chicago and what it means to be ChicagoMade.

 

A consummate nomad, Charles bounced from coast to coast to beyond our shores, and currently makes his home along the central coast in Chicagoland. His travels inform his work as a designer and entrepreneur. Previous to Kickstarter, Charles founded the web imprint Subsystence, originally in 1997 as an online streaming service for under represented DJ’s. In 2002 he revised Subsystence into a web periodical, with the expanded ambition to publish and give voice to under represented painters, photographers, musicians, interactive artists, poets and others.

 

 

Follow Charles Adler @Cadler

Legendary Chicago Gospel / Soul music singer and civil rights icon Mavis Staples is preparing to take the spotlight at SXSW 2015 in a new documentary that will chronicle her personal life, career and family group, The Staple Singers.

 

Featuring powerful live performances and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. Through 60 years of performing, crossing musical genres and societal shifts, Mavis has transformed herself along the way but has never forgotten the importance of family. At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, and her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever. The film, aptly dubbed “Mavis!,” makes its World Premiere at SXSW 2015 on Sunday, March 15 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas at 11AM.

 

As SXSW 2015 gets closer, we checked in with web developer and musician, Adrian Holovaty who co-created the Django web framework and made one of the original Google Maps mashups, chicagocrime.org. Adrian also founded EveryBlock, a “news feed for your block” that was eventually acquired by msnbc.com.

 

His current project is Soundslice, a reinvention of sheet music and guitar tablature that’s one of the most advanced HTML5 sites on the web. Adrian gave us his take on what it means to be ChicagoMade.

 

Adrian-Holovaty

 

How did you get your start in music and web development in Chicago?

 

I was born and raised here. Went away for college and a few jobs, and I came back in 2004.

 

Where did the idea for Soundslice come from?

 

It’s always been a hassle for me to learn pieces of music. I’d have iTunes open in one window, a YouTube video open in another window, a PDF printed out with notation — it was a horrible, kludgy system. Soundslice is intended to put everything together seamlessly.

 

Why do you choose to continue to do business in Chicago over other major cities?

 

Because I love living here. There’s beautiful architecture, great people, fantastic food, great public transportation negating the need to use a car, a top-notch music scene…all with a reasonable cost of living.

 

I also like that my friends are in a wide variety of industries. If I lived in San Francisco, I’d only be hanging out with Internet people.

 

Describe the current climate of creativity in your industry in Chicago.

 

There’s a nice, friendly community of independent web developers here. The coolest thing happening now is the Cards Against Humanity space, where a whole bunch of interesting people work. There’s also an amazing event and community called ORD Camp that’s a collection of interesting Chicago people.

 

What does your business do to stay competitive, not only in the local Chicago market, but the global market as well?

 

We make a great product.

 

What is your favorite Chicago band?

 

Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds. It’s tasty guitar and a super-tight band.

 

What is your favorite movie that was filmed in Chicago?

 

The Blues Brothers. I’m never not in the mood to watch it!

 

Follow Soundslice @Soundslice

 

Follow Adrian Holovaty @AdrianHolovaty