Chicagoverse 134 - Dennis Larance

Chicago photographer Dennis Larance visits Dynasty Podcasts in an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

Larance speaks on his impressive photography portfolio, found at @ddesigns_ on Instagram, and reveals how he eventually found photography after initially attempting a number of other creative pursuits. The visual artist reveals his reasons for utilizing orange and blue hues and lighting as his photos’ trademark look, and shares how he found tonal inspiration in Netflix’s Stranger Things series.

Larance also shares what he’s learned from creating content at Havas Chicago’s millennial focused operation The Annex, and passes along tips for fellow creative industry freelancers.

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(Via Ryan Chun)

Chicagoverse 133 - Sahar Habibi

Rising DJ talent Sahar Habibi makes her Dynasty Podcasts debut in an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

A one time Columbia College Chicago student of host Jaime Black, Habibi speaks on her impressive trajectory in the music and nightlife industries. The DJ shares how she built her network by attending concerts and nightlife events, by herself if she had to, and how she took the initiative to introduce herself to artists and industry alike.

Habibi also recalls connecting with Soulection co-founder Andre Power at SXSW, and how that led to getting involved with the high profile DJ collective, including a role assisting with Soulection’s Beats 1 program on Apple Music. Finally, Habibi offers her take on alternating between Los Angeles and Chicago as a base of operation, and the advantages that come from working in each city.

Chicagoverse 132 - Kevin Coval

Chicago educator, writer, and poet extraordinaire Kevin Coval returns to Dynasty Podcasts, in support of his new book, A People's History of Chicago. Over the course of a half hour, Coval and Dynasty host Jaime Black go deep in their love of all things Chicago history and culture, including co-reading the closing poem of A People's History, ‘Chicago Has My Heart.’

Coval speaks on selections from the poetry book, including passages on everything from underground Chicago talent like Molemen, to Chief Keef’s legendary performance at Lollapalooza 2012, to looking back at a less problematic time for Kanye West.

The writer also reflects on the heartbreak inherent in so many of Chicago’s stories, in addition to speaking on his plans to perform in all 77 of Chicago’s neighborhoods in 2017.

Chicagoverse 131 - Fei Tang

In an interview recorded at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, Chicago nightlife professional and culture photographer Fei Tang returns to Dynasty Podcasts for his first solo interview.

Tang checks in following the conclusion of his onsite PortaiTour portrait photography event, which attracted photography talent from across the globe. The DJ speaks on how his photography pursuit grew as a result of visiting foreign locations while on tour with Chicago nightlife operation Porn and Chicken.

With the support of PNC’s Dom Brown and Orville Kline, Tang developed his passion and skill for creative photography, and started connecting with Instagram communities. Tang outlines the similarities between the current wave of self-taught photographers, and the wave of bedroom DJ’s who taught themselves how to mix, and speaks on his sizable Instagram presence via @theimaged.


Chicagoverse 130 - Rich Jones

Following his debut interview in summer 2016, Chicago songwriter Rich Jones makes his return to Dynasty Podcasts, in a chat recorded at Virgin Hotels.

The artist delves into his recent release Vegas, and how the city of Las Vegas served as the backdrop for the project’s creation. Jones recalls the process of crafting the record with accomplished musician (and Dynasty guest alum) Ryan Lofty, following the pair’s long-running talks about working together one day.

Jones also speaks on the motivation for pursuing a more pop-driven sound on the record, with him and Jaime Black expressing their mutual appreciation for unabashed pop music.

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(Via Katie Levine)

Chicagoverse 129 - Brent Butcher (These Days)

In an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels, These Days co-founder and attorney-at-law Brent Butcher chats with Jaime Black on Dynasty Podcasts.

Butcher reveals how he hit a ceiling with how much he could accomplish on his own at his previous site Go ILL, and speaks on how the team dynamic of These Days opens up new storytelling possibilities. The writer also shares the thought process behind These Days producing long-form journalism, at a time when most digital content is becoming shorter, faster, and less in-depth.

Chicagoverse 128 - Femdot

Chicago MC Femdot makes his Dynasty Podcasts debut, in an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

The artist reveals what it’s like to be recognized for his music as a current student at DePaul, as well as sharing his reasons for staying enrolled, instead of dropping out to commit to music full time.

Femdot delves into the strategy behind his numerical-themed EP releases, and speaks on the work going into his forthcoming full length, Delacreme II. The MC also shares the excitement he felt being part of the Fake Shore Drive x Red Bull Sound Select holiday show in December 2016, and how he grew up looking up to The Cool Kids.

Chicagoverse 127 - Alex Fruchter (Closed Sessions)

Longtime Dynasty Podcasts guest and peer Alex Fruchter of Closed Sessions returns to the program, following his last interview at SXSW 2016.

Fruchter delves into the team dynamic of the Closed Sessions artist roster, as well as the vision he shares with CS co-founder Mike Kolar.

The label founder also speaks on the growth of Chicago's music scene over the last decade, and the challenges that come with being a documentarian of the city's music culture.

Finally, Fruchter reflects on his work as an instructor at Columbia College, recalling the notable talents who have that have taken his classes, including Saba, Thelonious Martin, and Lili K.