Mission statement:
illmeasures booking is dedicated to providing the highest quality creative service through the artists we represent. Musical diversity and exceptional performances make our talent ideally suited for a wide range of entertainment situations, from large events and nightclubs to small venues and parties.

If you would like to inquire about a booking, please contact:

Justin Reed
[email protected]
(773) 610 4524


ROSTER:

dubious
Drum n Bass: Dancefloor, Tech Step, Dark Step

Dubious is known to wreck shop with the filthiest drum n bass imaginable. He brings relentless, roughneck business, combining long riding blends with short mixes, dropping bomb after bomb, all the while working the fader like no other. Currently, he's locked himself in the studio, cranking out tracks.

greg norwood
House: Deep, Classic, Vocal, Tech-house

An 11-year veteran of the Chicago scene, Greg honed his characteristic deep sound at numerous clubs around the city. He maintained a weekend residency at Chicago's Generator for 3 years until it closed. Over the last 5 years Greg has garnered a well-deserved reputation for quality, soulful performances. 2001 saw his foray into production with a very successful remix on Toronto's Stickman recordings. Upcoming releases include a collaboration between Kenny Carvajal and the legendary Chicago house diva Dajae. Greg is spinning weekly as a resident DJ at Beviamos Wine Bar with illmeasures' Monday night S'ENSE, as well as guest slots around Chicago.

hillel cool j
Hip Hop: Classic and Underground Cuts

From the legends of the Torah: a myth steeped in kabalistic tradition has foretold that a certain child would be born to the sons of Abraham with the gift of bringing hip-hop music to the people. The story proclaimed that during the sacred tradition of bar mitzvah, a special gift would appear, as if from heaven, containing the coveted 'Golden Kipot' and the last known copy of 2Live Jews' 'As Kosher as they Want to Be.' The chosen one would not come to understand these items until a Manischewitz-induced dream on the high holidays explained his destiny. In it, the 'Golden Kipot' appeared to him out of an inky void. A flash of light momentarily blinded, then subsided to reveal that one 'Golden Kipot' had become two. They began to rotate and float to his hands powered by the unseen but awesome force of Adonai, Lord. As "Oy, It's so Humid" played in his ears, the man would awake from his dream understanding the actions he must take. Using the power of gefilte fish, Hillel Cool J, has dedicated himself to this destiny for the last ten years. He brings true hip-hop to the people who have been wandering through the desert of phony rappers, commercial exploitation and other such non-kosher bullshit. Through radio, clubs, house parties, and recorded media this destiny will continue to manifest. All will culminate in his upcoming collaboration with the great MC Jewpac Shofar. This will cement his rightful place in musical history as God's chosen DJ. Productions include 2005's seminal "Kosher Joyride EP" as well as the future-classic LP-2007's "Challah if you Hear Me."

jeremy james
House: Deep, Jazz, Abstract

This up and coming House DJ's saxophone and jazz days resonate in his versatile selection and blends. His musical background combined with his fresh sound mean sets that make the crowd feel good and keep them grooving. The past years have seen Jeremy spinning guest slots at top Chicago clubs, including Cobalt and Smartbar, meanwhile expanding his musical vocabulary into nu-jazz and broken beat territories. Jeremy is spinning monthly as a resident DJ at Bigwig with illmeasures' Tuesday night FAT TUESDAYS, and weekly on Saturdays at Lavalounge's FLOW event, as well as guest slots around Chicago.

justin reed
House: Deep, Afro-Latin, Bangin', Abstract, Tech
Techno: Detroit, TechHouse, Bangin'


Since '94 Justin has explored a multitude of styles from Brazilian, funky and deep house to European and Detroit techno. Skilled on two or three turntables, he has held a house residency in 2000 with Chicago legends Paul Johnson and Glenn Underground and also played with top techno DJs Jay Denham, Claude Young and the Surgeon. Justin is currently developing original house and techno productions and spinning weekly as a resident DJ at Lavalounge with illmeasures' Saturday night FLOW event, as well as guest slots around Chicago.

m50
Techno: Hard, Dancefloor, Abstract, Atmospheric, Dubby, Electro
House: Minimal, Broken-beat
Hiphop/Downtempo: Ambient, Illbient, Glitch, Trip-hop
Drum n Bass: Atmospheric, Drill n Bass


The newest addition to the illmeasures team, co-host of ETC on WNUR-FM since 1999, weekly DJ at NETMUSIQUE and resident at [email protected]'s and the illmeasures OUTLET event, m50 represents a variety of styles in electronic music throughout his sets. He has played alongside artists ranging from Nobukazu Takemura to DJ Hyperactive and been a featured selector on WCKS (Grand Valley), WLUW (Chicago) and KCSB (Santa Barbara). Photo courtesy of ABSTRACT SCIENCE.

nathan ballard
Techno: Hard, Bangin'

This emerging Chicago talent brings his own flavor of the hard and tracky techno not often found this side of the Atlantic. Beginning his DJ career in the Detroit Area in the late 90’s Nathan has moved to a more European influenced style of music as his career has progressed. He can now be found throwing down at illmeasures’s long-running techno weekly OUTLET, while also playing various guest slots in and around the Chicago area. If you like it hard and fast, Nathan will not leave you disappointed. Just remember to bring a helmet.

sinjin
Techno: Hard Percussive, Minimal, Dubby, Tech House

With 10 years experience as a DJ, Sinjin's energized, banging style combined with his technique on the EQs will please any crowd that's ready to go deeper into techno. He was the founder of Bigwig's Tuesday night, OUTLET, and has been heard playing dubby & minimal techno alongside Chicago's finest techno DJs, including Mike Dearborn, Josh Werner, Channel One and Zachary Lubin.

stax
House: Latin, Deep, Vocal, Disco

DJ/Producer extraordinaire. With 20 years experience as a DJ, this man knows house music. His style embodies the deep soulful disco and Latin vibe. Now, with his 8th and 9th releases upcoming on the Belgium deep house label, "Wha? Roots," this soul provider shows no sign of slowing. Be sure to checkout his radio show on WNUR-FM 89.3

striz (Ben Stroh)
House: Funky, Jazzy, Latin, Abstract
Downtempo: Old School & Underground Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, Assorted Funky breakbeats


Striz provides irresistibly funky music for any environment. His sets display the versatility and mastery he has cultivated over 8 years of DJing and record collecting. Initially a hip-hop DJ, Striz has now moved into experimental, downtempo and funky house music to round out his performances into truly emotional and educational experiences. Striz is currently a resident at Lavalounge Saturdays, heading up the FLOW event.

 

Index of djs by style:

drum n bass:
dubious
m50

hip-hop/downtempo:
hillel cool j
m50
striz

house:
greg norwood

jeremy james
justin reed

m50

stax
striz

techno:
justin reed
nathan ballard
m50

sinjin