holding down the underground

Friday, May 29, 2009


NewCity- by Daniel Mnookin

Throughout the half decade plus of its existence, the illmeasures crew has built a steady local following via their infamous Lake Street loft parties and regular club gigs around the city. Featuring a diverse line-up of equally talented deck technicians, the illmeasures gang can range in style from downtempo, golden age hip-hop, broken beat and funky house (Justin Reed and Striz) to cutting-edge minimal techno and tech house (Brad Miner). Regardless of which illmeasures cast members are on tap for any given night at their various residencies, purveyors of the nightlife are guaranteed a diverse catalog of sounds delivered from an experienced group of electronic music experts. In short, regardless of one’s personal electronic music leanings, a night out with illmeasures is not only bound to have a bit of something cooked up for everyone, but to have it done right.
Brad Miner and Hillel Cool J join residents Striz and Justin Reed for the launch of Flow at Lava, 1270 North Milwaukee, (773)342-5282, on March 9. $5. (2007-03-06)


NewCity- by Duke Shin

For the last year and a half, Freakeasy has been lighting up Chicago’s underground scene with its distinctive brand of partying centered around positive vibes, community and live art and installations. Part of what makes their events so successful is the partnering of like-minded organizers including the illmeasures crew, best known for house, techno and downtempo, and DJ/producer Radiohiro, whose ethno-centric breakbeat and dubstep sounds have been building a steady following for the last few years. With the two principals at complete opposite corners of the dance-floor sonic spectrum, Freakeasy boasts among the most diverse lineups, with techno, dubstep, house, breakbeats and the kitchen sink thrown together in a single evening. Tonight, the underground bubbles above ground with an event at Smart Bar, featuring regulars Radiohiro & MC Zulu (pictured), Brad Miner and Striz, with special guests DJ Form (formerly with the Baldwin Brothers) and San Francisco-based, Sri Lanka-born Asian Massive pioneer Janaka Selekta (with JC Stokes). But sadly, I don’t think the fire-dancing performances common at Freakeasy events will be permitted inside!


Blog Chat- ravelinks.com
Good old illmeasures spot. i miss that place.

Yea, it was always good times there, it was one of my favorite loft venues, anyone know what happened to it?


Victoria Electronic Music Festival 2009-

One of the windy city’s most versatile DJs, Striz has developed a reputation for funking up any environment with his unique blend of downtempo, hip hop, broken beat, and house. Mixing broken polyrhythms, live instrumentation and a heavy dose of funk, his genre-defying DJ sets showcase the organic side of electronic music. In 2000, he co-founded illmeasures, a collective of DJs, producers, and designers that has been keeping the local underground scene alive through club nights and legendary large-scale loft parties. Living in Madrid and his 3 year employment at Groove Distribution opened his ears to new styles of electronic music from around the world and expanded his music collection to encompass a multitude of tempos and moods. His first foray into production with long time cohort Justin Reed, titled Striz & The R “Diced Hype”, was released by Stockholm based Cartridge Records on 12″ featuring remixes by Swedish tech-house guru Tony Senghore and Chicago’s Stax aka Abicah Soul. Recently Striz has been chosen to perform alongside numerous international talents including Jazzanova, DJ Krush, Diplo, Quantic, Bonobo, Truby Trio, Metro Area, and Bugz In The Attic.


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