Friday 10/19, Bad Advice, Inc. presents...
REFRACT | Third Fridays
featuring special guests...
Candlewax, JQM, DC/Chi
Time Out Chicago, Dialogue Incorporated
DUKE SHIN & MERRICK BROWN
5 W. Division
NO COVER before midnight, $10 after
**Hosted Reception [well & PBR] until midnight**
†RSVP to [email protected] for all night $5 password!
Refract returns to 3rd Fridays with a colorful lineup of DJs that will be sure to hit all the primary colors of underground house and techno as we welcome talented taste-maker, promoter and selector Gianna Hardt, Chi-by-way-of-DC DJ/producer Joel Chandler, and Chicago's most visible writer-DJ-hyphenate in Mr. Joshua of Time Out and Dialogue Incorporated fame! Additional deck support from Refract residents Duke Shin and Merrick Brown.
A Washington D.C. native turned Chicago transplant, Joel Chandler's musical experience and ambitions started at an early age. As a promising artist from the Nation's capital, Joel began a life of musical instrumentation at age five. This included a number of percussive instruments, drums, and classical training on violin, bass, saxophone, and various woodwind instruments. His musical tastes evolved through old school hip-hop, breaks, drum & bass, industrial, house, and techno. With his experience and eclectic ear, electronic music quickly became a fundamental part of his everyday life.
Through teen and college years, Joel’s talent transitioned from his home to the studio and then to the dance floor. His ability to keep a crowd moving, technical aptitude, and tight mixing skills kept him booked at clubs and radio shows around the East Coast and Europe including Club Five, U Street Music Hall, Nation, 1722, Fusion, Le You and Louise Gallery Event Hall. Opening and playing alongside international stars such as Derrick May, Damian Lazarus, Seth Troxler, Dinky, and Alland Byallo showcased this raw talent. Over the years Joel has kept the creative juices flowing, producing underground original tracks, remixes and edits that mirror the constant groove and funk found exclusively in his performances. Keep an ear out for what he is up to next....
Mister Joshua likes to look at music as a spectrum. With innumerable colors spreading across a rainbow of possibilities, his exploits in music have always been multifaceted. No one style of music paints the picture of Mister Joshua’s tastes adequately and thus his appetite for quality sounds has taken him across genres, scenes, parties and people. With careful thought to the needs of a party’s patrons and a bar’s theme, Joshua continues to tastefully navigate his way through Chicago’s discerning dance music scene. Past and present residencies include Bar Deville, Beauty Bar, Empire Liquors, Hub 51, the Mid, Paris Club, RPM, Scarlet Bar, Sonotheque, Smart Bar and Spy Bar.
What started humbly in college radio has transformed into a full time obsession that extends to radio, journalism, blogging and deejaying. Over the years, Joshua has developed a passionate focus on underground dance styles like house, techno, dubstep, indie dance, disco, soul, Balearic and whatever other adjectives have been ascribed to the current tangents in forward thinking and deep club and lounge sounds. Through his Dialogue Incorporated website and podcast, his work with Abstract Science on WLUW 88.7fm and his endeavors with Time Out Chicago and XLR8R magazines—as well as his regular live appearances—he continues to push the envelope of the cool and the cutting edge.
Merrick Brown has been called many things in his life but boring is not one of them. By day he is a self-taught graphic designer and by night, a bit of a music aficionado. Almost 15 years ago, Merrick stumbled into a rave and was instantly hooked on the loud frenetic beats. His first forays into DJ'ing began in 1994 with techno, jungle and all things rave. Soon after moving to Austin in 1996, he began recording and later releasing records on his own Tektite Recordings and Chalant Music. Both labels have featured an impressive roster of international artists and helped put Texas on the map with a string of timeless underground classics. Merrick was also behind a series of legendary Austin club events, featuring such acts as Jazzanova, John Tejada, Bugz in the Attic, Titonton Duvante, Charles Webster, Recloose, King Britt, and many more, exposing Texas to some fresh sounds. Merrick further refined his DJ skills playing alongside the likes of Derrick May, DJ Surgeon, Matthew Dear, Metro Area, The Hacker.. the list goes on.
Merrick played an integral role in the Texas electronic music scene, staying on the cutting edge while remaining rooted in all types of obscure, left-field and influential music of the past. He is known for DJ sets that are energetic and spontaneous, with a freeform style guided by constant crowd interaction. He shuns the purist mindset, choosing instead to weave through genres, playing from his wide-range of musical influences to create something entirely new. His excitement for music comes across when he plays along with a sense of humor that frequently wins over even the most challenging audiences.
Merrick continued making his mark on Austin with Get Broke!, the weekly club night at Plush, where he (along with residents Tyler and Wilb) created musical masterpieces out of chaos for almost 5 years. Summer 2007 saw the end of Get Broke! and the start of a new chapter for Merrick and wife Toyacoyah, as they moved to Chicago.
At age 30, with over 12 years in the industry, Merrick has no intention of slowing down. With an album in the works and plans to re-launch Tektite, he is poised to capture new audiences and satisfy dancefloors worldwide with a sound that is truly unique.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what is the value of a beat? A rhythm? A melody? Chicago-based DJ Duke Shin doesn't have any of those answers for you, but what he does have is a musical arsenal of the loud and strange, gentle and nuanced, mid tempo slow burns and torrid electronic freak outs-all wrapped up in deep house love, driven with a cybernetic techno heart. And his search to answer the question in finding the value of music has lead him to DJing many clubs, bars, lounges and loft parties including favorites like Smart Bar, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the monthly Freakeasy parties in Chicago. Somewhere along the way, Duke has had the good fortune in opening for electronic dance music luminaries like M.A.N.D.Y., Seth Troxler, Holy Ghost!, Pär Grindvik and Moby, and has enjoyed playing afterparties for bands like the Dandy Warhols, TV On The Radio, Jamie Lidell and Nouvelle Vague. When he's not busy DJing, Duke has also worked as a music journalist, and has had countless features, reviews and interviews published in Resident Advisor, BPM Magazine, New City Chicago (where he previously served as Clubs Editor for over 2 years) and CityPages MN. With an ever-evolving sound, Duke never slows down, continuing his search for musical enlightenment while delighting (and occasionally befuddling) ardent dance floor denizens and lovers of the eclectic mix.