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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.