This Thursday we welcome Chicago legend K'Alexi to Dalston Superstore! Immersed in the then burgeoning house music scene as a pre-teen, he was exposed at an early age to seminal DJs and legendary nightclubs, not to mention a whole range of different genres and styles. For his DJ set here this week he'll be joining Robert Owens in the laser basement for a real Chicago house love-in...
Is it true that you were hanging out with the likes of Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy when you were 12? If so how did this come about?
Yes, but mostly Ron, as an older friend he took me under his wing and got me in with him with no I.D and that set me on the path.
As someone who's experienced quite a few seminal clubs first-hand, if you had a time-machine what dancefloor where and when would you like to go back to?
The Musicbox with Ron Hardy, the sound fx of rain as he played an edit of Clouds by Chaka Khan, such a beautiful moment...
What's your one failsafe, timeless record?
My Mudusa - K' Alexi Shelby
You're playing alongside Robert Owens this Thursday! Besides him of course, who in your opinion are house music's most inspiring vocalists?
Robert Owens, Byron Stingley, Paris Brightledge , Me, Dajae, Stephanie Cook, Ronna Ray, Jamie Principle, Russoul, Peven Everett, Terisa Griffin, Josh Milan, India plus much more and this is NOT in any order.
Why do you still do it ?
It's so deep within me at this point I couldn't stop even if I wanted too...
What would you be doing if you weren't making or playing music?
I'm a creative person by heart, so I think photography. I love being behind or in front of the camera.
What's next for K'Alexi?
I'm revamping my label K Klassik and it's doing well. We've got mixes for some of dance musics best known, and soon to be known. We came together for me doing a mix on my song The Dancer... with vocals by me!
We're really lucky that Chicago house is still important and still revered in dance music... having been there from the start, why do you think it's so enduring?
The pure history of it rings out and goes way pass 4 on the floor. And as much as the world tries to name other places as the birth place we all know the truth... Chicago baby.
Join K'Alexi this Thursday 24th October at Robert Owens Live At Dalston Superstore from 9pm - 2.30am.
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