Fundraiser Launched to Help DJ Deeon

DJ Deeon ghetto houseAn online fundraiser has been launched to help Chicago house music luminary and ghetto house innovator DJ Deeon (a.k.a. Deeon Boyd), who has been struggling for years with health issues.

Widely known in the global underground for his bawdy productions and exuberant DJ sets, Deeon’s career dates back to 1994 when he released his debut Funk City EP on Windy City label Dance Mania. Deeon went on to release more than 30 releases for the label during a five-year stretch until it shuttered in 1999.

However, Deeon has suffered a series of health setbacks over the years, including quadruple bypass heart surgery and the amputation of his leg. In 2018, he suffered a mini-stroke and has battled other health conditions over the past two years.

As he’s unable to tour due to COVID-19, Deeon is asking fans to financially help him weather the storm. In return, donors can choose from a selection of offerings, including tracks, merchandise and even a private DJ gig.

“I’m not one to ask for help – it doesn’t sit comfortably with me – and I believe you should never get something for nothing so here I am offering to you what I can.”

More information about the fundraiser can be found here.

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DJ/Producer/Radio Host Steve Sutherland Has Died

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Award-winning British DJ/producer/radio host Steve “Smooth” Sutherland has died, according to reports on social media. Details regarding the death are not yet known.

Sutherland’s career spanned more than two decades. He was a major force in the U.K. urban music scene, producing R&B, two-step, hip-hop, UK garage and grime releases. Sutherland, who release 12 mix albums, garnered a faithful following via his shows on Choice FM and Galaxy FM. He won four MOBO awards.

A founding DJ of urban club brand Twice As Nice, he was a resident DJ at Pacha Ibiza, Ministry Of Sound, Gatecrasher and Cookies and Cream London.

Colleagues from the U.K. music scene have expressed their condolences on social media.

Trevor Nelson tweeted, “I just heard the sad news of another great loss for black music in the UK. Condolences to the family of Steve Sutherland with whom I first met and worked at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens 30 years ago.”

The MOBO Awards tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of DJ Steve Sutherland. His contribution to the British black music scene will never be forgotten.”

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Jaguar Recalls Last DJ Set Before COVID-19 Lockdown

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Next up in our Last DJ Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of DJs about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is London-based Jaguar.

We spoke with the fast-rising DJ talent and BBC Radio 1 presenter about her final set before lockdown and found out what she’s been up to over the past few months. Continue Reading

Electronic Music Heavyweights Donate Unreleased Tracks to ‘Break The Silence’ Benefit Compilation

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Robert Hood, Eddie Fowlkes, 4hero, Goldie, Ben Sims and Rebekah are among a group of high-profile electronic music producers from all over the world who’ve contributed unreleased tracks to Break The Silence, a 14-cut compilation raising money to benefit Campaign Zero’s mission to end police violence in America. The compilation will be released on July 4.

Chicago house producer K. Alexi Shelby, who contributed “State of Emergency” with Tony Loveless, had this to say about his contribution:

“I was more than happy to be part of this project and feel that it was long overdue and beyond necessary for those who know me, know that I’ve never been shy about speaking my opinion about the whitewashing of, well, hell everything. Hopefully this will set things back on the right path and give those who have laid down the groundwork for this thing of ours a chance to be heard.”

Pre-ordering information can be found here.

Break the Silence Tracklist:

1. K’ Alexi Shelby & Tony Loveless ‘State of Emergency’
2. Eddie Fowlkes ‘Pandemic One’
3. Jon Dixon ‘Counterpoint’
4. 4hero ‘Universal Love (Dubstars)’ – Internal Affairs Remix
5. Ben Sims ‘Break It Down’
6. Developer ‘Cultural Conditioning’
7. Robert Hood ‘The Redeemer’
8. Planetary Assault Systems ‘Huddler’s Source of Wonder’
9. Mark Broom ‘Gunna’
10. Mark Flash ‘Voice of Detroit’
11. SRVD ‘In The Dark’
12. Rebekah ‘Stealing Fire’
13. Sinistarr x K-Dan ‘Apollo’
14. Oliver Way & Dany Rodriguez ‘First Act’

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