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Episode X- Lookin' Back
October 08, 2013 08:33 AM PDT
Recorded live on WNUR 89.3 FM in late August, a few days before my last gig as a Smartbar employee. Lots of tracks & anthems that defined that period of time for me in here... Enjoy!
Axel Boman- Television People
November 28, 2012 07:59 AM PST
This was one of the best events ever. The universe literally imploded, that's how awesome. HUGE thanks to the city of Chicago for allowing me and fellow SB cohorts Orchard Lounge to DJ at such a great venue, hope to do it again soon!
Photo- Ted Parisot
Mixes from Chicago's Nate Manic- Downtempo, World Grooves, Deep House, Hi Energy, Tech-House and Techno
Nate Manic's presence on the Midwest dance scene can be described as nothing less than ubiquitous, with hundreds of appearances at the region's best venues and events over a career spanning 10+ years. Always setting high goals and looking to the future, he continues to be a respected member of Chicago and the Midwest's history with significant contributions to it's dance community. Originally from a small town south of Green Bay WI, Nate first discovered dance music through a year-long exchange program to Germany. Already a child wiz who learned to play organ at 2, sing at 11 and play guitar at 13, he fell in love with the sound and made it a point to learn as much about this burgeoning culture as possible. Upon return, Nate furthered his musical education through a 4-year, full-tuition music scholarship for voice to UW-Madison. Unfortunately the university environment was not for him and he withdrew from the UW in order to attend the Madison Media Institute and attain an Associates Degree in Music Recording Technology. In 1997, Nate bought his first pair of turntables and started doing regular nights at the Cardinal Dance Club, a mainstay on the Madison WI scene. Nate garnered a fair amount of respect there, showcasing his skills and putting on events with DJ/producers including Robbie Hardkiss, Halo, Sleepy C, Doran and a host of local up-and-comers. In 2000 Nate moved to Chicago, where he took off very quickly on the local scene through performances at Pure's Future Sound of Chicago showcases, Smart Bar, Crobar, Big Wig, Zentra and guestpots all over the Midwest. More invitations came in, with gigs at London's Cross, Hawaii's Sunnlounge, Milwaukee's Summerfest and Pridefest, the notorious Burning Man festival in Nevada and other spots performing with DJs including Ian Pooley, DJ Krush, Derrick Carter, Juan Atkins, Kaskade (whom he's appeared with a solid half dozen times at Smart Bar), Colette, Luke Solomon and others. In 2003 Nate took over as Music Director and promoter at Wicker Park's popular see-and-be-seen lounge Moonshine, where his Thursday night event, Therapy, continued for more than 3 years and played host to the Midwest's top DJ talent. In addition to his very successful Sunday Morning Funk and Soul Brunch there, Nate also came on as an occasional Saturday night resident. Around that same time Nate started doing production work and released his first EP, "Arcade Beats", on Chicago House icon Lego's imprint Poontin Muzik of January of 2007. He soon founded his own label, Bad Advice Inc., which concentrates on the techier side of House Music. So far he has been fortunate to work with some of the top talent from around the world, including Derrick Carter, James Curd, Tommy Largo, HeavyFeet, 2007 Ministry Of Sound Mix competition winner Tom Simmons aka Cheap as Chimps (who released his debut EP in 2008 on Bad Advice), former Greenskeeper front man Nick Maurer, Gene Farris, Brian Heath, Angel Alanis, Full Phat, Genna Greene and more. In October of 2009 everything changed as Nate was named the new Music Director for Chicago clubbing institution Smart Bar. Since then he has striven to book a wide range of talented and deserving artists both locally and from around the world and hold the bar high for this highly-esteemed club. Respected luminaries and tomorrow's stars alike have held stage under his tenure already, and a fresh crew of residents and 2 new weekly events are just some of the changes he's made to the program in his short time there so far. And with guest spots one-offs around the city and Midwest as well as regular appearances at Smart Bar, he remains busy as a DJ and regularly enjoys the art. :) And Nate's dedication to the underground has still remained strong as he and the Bears have reached minor celebrity status within the regional Burning Man community. A regular performer at Chicago's yearly 1,200 person-strong Resonate event and Chicago's best underground monthly the Freakeasy, Nate will be heading up a return trip to the Nevada festival this August for a week-long romp in the dust filled with DJ slots across the playa. For further info please visit www.myspace.com/djnatemanic, www.stylemattersdjs.com or www.myspace.com/badadvicerecords- links are posted below.
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