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 DJ Summit 2000

Sid Vanderpool-Editor

The first annual Chicago DJ Summit got underway November 3 at Chromium and various other clubs around the city of Chicago. Aiming to unite, enlighten, and educate DJs both young and old, the Summit aimed to provide a "credible forum for enhancing the careers of professional and amateur DJs through artistic, economic, and educational development."

Taking its cue from the success of the annual Winter Music Conference in Miami and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the Chicago DJ Summit showcased the pioneers of today's emerging musical culture and heralded the relevance of Chicago's unique diversity of musical circles from the sounds of house, hip-hop, Latin, and electronic music. Chicago has long been heralded as the birthplace of House and R&B music, and is home to such legendary pioneers as Derrick Carter and Frankie Knuckles.

National pros like the X-Ecutioners, Triple Threat DJs, and others, mixed it up with some of Chicago and the Midwest's best. Jesse De La Pena, Dayhota, Steve "Miggedy" Maestro, Steve "Silk" Hurley, and many more, were represented at this conference. Industry insiders were on hand to offer advice during a few panel discussions, and more than one DJ battle was fought before the weekend was over.

The Saturday DJ Mix Throwdown at Chromium added unforgettable entertainment to the exhibition area.  DJs displayed their skills, live, on the turntables representing in 2 hour shifts: House, Techno, Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, World Beat, and more. State of the art sound equipment provided by Gemini Sound Products ensured that performances  infused excitement throughout the entire exhibition area. That evening, the DJ Mix-Off  was a showdown between the West Coast's Scratch Pickles and East Coast DMC Champions, The X-ecutioners, live at The Metro nightclub. Since "Who's best - East vs. West" is always an emotional and competitive issue in Urban music, this showdown was a highly anticipated event. The Mix-Off was open to the general public and attendance peaked at around 5,000.

Sunday Evening at the newly remodeled Hard Rock Café the "Untouchébles" House party was who's who in House Music. There were performances by Chicago DJ heavyweights, including Maurice Joshua and DJ Lego mixing it up using the new PT-2410 turntables and UMX-7 from Gemini, with special performances by Byron Stingly (unplugged).

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