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, Adrian also founded EveryBlock, a “news feed for your block” that was eventually acquired by


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.




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!


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In advance of SXSW 2015, we caught up with Anna Hovet, Founder of Anna Hovet Designs at her design studio in Chicago’s West Loop on what it means to be Chicago Made.


Anna Hovet is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, illustrator, educator, and social media influencer based in Chicago. Her fashion brands, Anna Hovet (womenswear) and HOVET (menswear), embody a fusion of designer style and streetwear comfort. Categorized as Sport Luxe, the garments are manufactured locally in Chicago and sold online and in several boutiques.


Anna Hovet is one of the most recognized names in Chicago Fashion and has had sponsorship deals with United Airlines, Kraft, and EFFEN Vodka. Her designs can be seen on actress Jennifer Hudson and comedian Hannibal Buress and have been featured in several publications including Lucky Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and RedEye. She has appeared on NBC “1st Look” and was a contestant on the Kenmore Reality Web Series “So You Wanna Be A Designer”.



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Ahead of SXSW 2015, we caught up with Eric Sheinkop, Founder and President of Music Dealers at the main headquarters in downtown Chicago on what it means to be Chicago Made.


Music Dealers is a global music licensing tech company that has disrupted the traditional music industry model to create a new route for artists to break their music. Boasting the world’s largest licensing database of indie musicians, Music Dealers helps leading global brands find credible ways to integrate music into their marketing. Eric has earned multiple industry awards including Billboard Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and “Music Man of the 21st Century” by Crain’s Business. Sheinkop is co-author of Hit Brands: How Music Builds Value for the World’s Smartest Brands, released in 2013. Hit Brands is an essential guide to marketers on how to strategically and effectively use music to drive value for their business.



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


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Get your bibs ready and grab your plates because SXSW is serving up a tasty selection of films in 2015! Chicago Chef Curtis Duffy is preparing to take center stage in a new documentary about the beginnings of Grace, which recently received three Michelin stars – the top rating in the Michelin Guide Chicago 2015.


Beyond the glistening surface of the restaurant lies a story about personal strife, professional achievements, and the woes of building a restaurant. The film, aptly dubbed “For Grace,” makes its World Premiere at SXSW 2015 on Friday, March 13 at the Alamo Ritz in Austin, Texas at 9:15PM. The film was directed and produced by Chicago Tribune dining reporter Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski and features music by Chicago band The Hudson Branch.



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Founder and CEO of Fake Shore Drive, Andrew Barber sat down with us ahead of SXSW at the Fake Shore Drive headquarters on what it means to be ChicagoMade.


Andrew Barber is the owner/creator of Fake Shore Drive, a Chicago-based music website, media and artist management company founded in 2007. Andrew is a freelance music journalist, artist manager, brand and record label consultant and media personality with recent hosting duties on MTV2’s The Week In Jams and 107.5 WGCI’s The Morning Riot.


Andrew’s company, Fake Shore Drive, has been instrumental in the recent rise of Chicago’s hip-hop scene, having helped cultivate the careers of Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa and the many other artists who’ve secured major label record deals over the past few years. Fake Shore Drive has also landed on The Source Magazine’s ‘Digital Power 30’ list four years in a row.



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In advance of SXSW 2015, we checked in with former drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins and CEO of LiveOne Inc., Jimmy Chamberlin at the LiveOne Inc. headquarters in downtown Chicago on what it means to be ChicagoMade.


Jimmy Chamberlin is a Grammy award winning musician, writer producer and educator. Jimmy was a founding member of The Smashing Pumpkins and the band’s highly acclaimed drummer for over 20 years. Jimmy is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of LiveOne Inc. – an audience engagement and data analytics company that is dedicated to transforming the way live online video content is consumed and monetized around the world.



Meet Jimmy Chamberlin at the ChicagoMade SXSW Trade Show Happy Hour
Austin Convention Center, Booth# 619
Monday, March 16th
4PM – 6PM


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1969285_10152057807541056_1832910894_nIn advance of SXSW 2015, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black checked in with Chicago artist Sam Kirk, at the Virgin Hotel in downtown Chicago. The hometown artist discusses her artwork for the upcoming ChicagoMade trade show booth at SXSW 2015, revealing how she was selected to showcase this year. Kirk also previews her plans across 2015, and shares why she chooses to work and live in Chicago.





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Over the summer, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black caught up with four of Chicago’s premier local talents to discuss their favorite parts of Chicago, why they choose to live and make music here, and much more. Those interviews can be found in the podcast album below.


CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to the Dynasty Podcast Chicago Made Summer 2014 Interview Album


CVU348 – Phenom @ Chicago Made
Acclaimed DJ Colin “Phenom” Rebey discusses his favorite places in Chicago, including Lou Malnati’s in Lincoln Park, where this video was shot. Rebey also reveals why he chooses to live in Chicago as a working artist, and previews what he has coming up next.


CVU349 – Netherfriends @ Chicago Made
Oft-traveling artist Shawn Rosenblatt–better known under his musical alias, Netherfriends– sits down with Dynasty Podcasts at Margie’s Candies to reveal why he chooses to reside in Chicago. The prolific songwriter shares his favorite spots around the city, and names some of his favorite Chicago hip hop talent collaborators.


CVU350 – Xoe Wise @ Chicago Made
The singer-songwriter connects with Dynasty Podcasts at Uncommon Ground to reveal why the Wrigleyville restaurant/venue holds special significance to her, discuss how Chicago continues to inspire her as an artist, and preview what she has on deck in the future with both her self-titled project and her Kinky Love group.


CVU351 – KSRA @ Chicago Made
Indie artist KSRA invites Dynasty Podcasts to meet her in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, where she discusses her favorite neighborhoods and venues throughout Chicago. The singer also states why community is so important to her and her music, shares how Chicago’s brutal winters keep her productive, and reveals how the Brown Line plays into her perfect date night.

– By Jaime Black


For the tenth anniversary of Riot FestDynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black caught up with an array of Chicago talent performing at the three day punk festival. Check out an interview album below for Choose Chicago @ Chicago Made, featuring My Gold MaskThe Orwells¡VAMOS!Lucki Eck$Archie Powell And The Exports, and Show You Suck!


My Gold Mask
On a wet, rainy, first night of Riot Fest, Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo of My Gold Mask discuss their inclusion on the festival, Gretta’s love of The Cure, and early details of their forthcoming 2015 full length.
The Orwells
Backstage on day two of Riot Fest, Mario Cuomo, Baby Chuck, Grant Brinner, and Henry Brinner of The Orwells return to Dynasty Podcasts for the first time since their JBTV appearance, fresh off being this month’s Illinois Entertainer cover story.
The group discuss being over their Letterman fiasco, their feelings on making the leap from coming out of Elmhurst to playing on stages worldwide, and getting to live their dream these days.
On the last day of Riot Fest 2014, Josh Lambert, WIll Wood, and Ryan Murphy of ¡VAMOS! discuss playing day one of the festival, working with Red Bull Sound Select, and new music and reissues on the way from the band.
Lucki Eck$
Immediately following his Riot Fest set on Sunday afternoon, 18 year old Chicago rapper Lucki Eck$ jumps on the mic and talks about all things in his orbit, from his love of Xanax, to his grand ambitions for his music, to collaborating with artists like Chance The Rapper and FKA twigs.
Archie Powell
On the final afternoon of Riot Fest, a dapper Archie Powell discusses new music on the horizon from his group, Archie Powell & The Exports. The frontman also discusses the disparate reaction to the group’s current effort, Back in Black, as well as the deserved growth of Riot Fest in recent years.
Show You Suck
Following his frenzied debut set at Riot Fest, an ecstatic Clinton Sandifer, AKA Show You Suck, gushes on why performing at the annual punk festival means so much to him. The MC revisits his days of performing in the hardcore scene, and recounts the road to finally landing at set at Riot Fest.



Oft-traveling artist Shawn Rosenblatt–better known under his musical alias, Netherfriends— sits down with Dynasty Podcasts at Margie’s Candies to reveal why he chooses to reside in Chicago. The prolific songwriter shares his favorite spots around the city, and names some of his favorite Chicago hip hop talent collaborators.


Hosted by Jaime Black and filmed/produced by Leyla I. Royale for Dynasty Podcasts.