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Advice from a Veteran: A Conversation with Rooney’s Robert Schwartzman

Schwartzman onstage at a recent show. Photo courtesy of Rooney-Band.com.

Although he hails from the West Coast, not the Midwest, Robert Schwartzman began his music career where many of our featured musicians do: in school. As lead singer of the SoCal power-pop band Rooney, he’s spent the past decade balancing several different gigs – college, acting (The Princess Diaries), singing, and songwriting.

Unlike many of our featured musicians, he’s a member of one of Hollywood’s most famous families: the son of actress Talia Shire (Rocky), the brother of actor/musician Jason Schwartzman (Phantom Planet, Coconut Records), Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew, and Nicolas Cage’s cousin, to name a few. The band hit its first big break in 2004, guest-starring on an episode of The OC.

Needless to say, Rooney has avoided some of the financial setbacks facing most college musicians, but Schwartzman and his band mates have worked hard to get to where they are today. He recently took some time out while promoting Rooney’s new album, Eureka, to answer a few of our questions about college, life decisions, and the business of music.

Rooney came together when you were still a student. How did you balance schoolwork and music?

Well, my high school academic life struggled more from starting a band than my college years.  Rooney started [when I was in high school]. It was definitely a distraction and affected my grades.  Not just any grades – it was my junior and senior years, so they were the grades that count!  I was accepted to Eugene Lang College at the New School in New York City.  I wanted to be in a big city and I had friends out there.  I was always writing and demo-ing songs, so I brought all my equipment to college. I also played in a band in New York called Dopo Yume with some friends.… I actually did pretty well in college despite my “passion distraction.”

From left: keyboard player Louie Stephens, guitarist Taylor Locke, Schwartzman, and drummer Ned Brower. Photo courtesy of Rooney-Band.com.

Although I moved, Rooney stayed together, and I flew home once a month to perform in LA.  I spent most of my time at Eugene Lang writing songs in my dorm room.  I sent new demos home to my band mates, and they learned the songs while I was away.  We were able to work up new material from across the country.

You left college early, though, right? What happened after that?

I broke the news to my mom that I was leaving school and heading back to L.A. to pursue my musical career, a decision she still disagrees with. I’m not sure it was the right decision, [but Rooney] got signed a few months after I left school and found a manager and made our first album in the summer of 2002.  It all happened pretty quickly once I left college, but we had already put in the years prior to that and had a good buzz in LA – a big city with many labels.  We were lucky at that time, to get a good deal and label support.

Did school help you in any way with music?

Learning is always important, no matter what you choose to do with your life.  It always helps to know more and to bring new ideas into your life and creative self.  I wanted to go to school to study subjects that I had an interest in and to connect them to my writing.  I wanted to meet new people and have new life experiences.  Living in a new city and being exposed to interesting subjects and people was very inspiring.  I also wanted to make my parents happy.

What kinds of classes did you take?

I studied philosophy, media, and journalism, but I took a music business class at UCLA once I got back to LA.  I needed some background info on the business I was entering.  The first thing I learned and still remember is, “What is the first thing on every executive’s mind?  Keep your job!”  And it’s so true … it’s not about the music or helping artists you work with. It’s every man or woman for him or herself.

It sounds like your time at college really broadened your horizons. Did you ever consider leaving your California music projects behind and pursuing another career entirely?

I thought about focusing on acting and starting a new music life in NYC, but I missed my band mates and I missed the musical life that I started in high school.

What is your advice to college students who might just play in a band part-time but want to make it a career after graduation?

Well, [this is] the reason I said I’m not so sure it was a good idea that I left Eugene Lang for Rooney.  I don’t believe in regrets. I think we have to own the decisions we make and learn from them … not waste time regretting them … although it’s hard to let go of certain things.  I’ve seen so many bands nowadays that are having success right out of college or having success while at college and continuing it as a post-grad pop career.  I’m lucky to have met great musicians that I share things in common with at a young age, but I wonder what my life would be like had I stayed in school and met new musicians there … [if I had] let go of Rooney.

Taking a break from recording Eureka. Photo courtesy of Rooney-Band.com.

What do you think would have been different?

I would have been older, maybe less eager to jump into bed with the first girl I saw.  Maybe I would have taken more risks and been more protective of certain decisions.  I’m really not sure what my life would be like had I stayed in school, but I do miss having had a real college education.  I do what I can and I work hard at what I do.  I try to ask as many questions as I can to wise people in the music business.  I can truly say that I’ve learned through experience.  But, hey, there’s always time for school, right?

Right. Now, about the new album: what can longtime fans expect to hear that makes it different from your past work?

People say [Eureka] sounds more mature, which I agree with.  It’s a step in the right direction for us – not only as an album, but how we made the album and how we’re releasing it.  It was made in my home studio, and it’s coming out on our own label [California Dreaming Records].  It’s how we’ve been wanting to do things and how we did things years ago, and now we have the opportunity [again].  It was only a matter of time.  The album is honest and exciting and it sonically defeats all our previous albums.  We produced and engineered this album, so it’s really exciting to have gotten a solid result … in my garage.  The album is diverse, and it shows the different things we do as a band.  We all have different musical interests, some more similar than others.  Eureka sounds like Rooney, but the songs are better and we’ve grown in many ways.

Since you’re an expert, what unsigned or up-and-coming bands do you think  we should check out?

Castledoor.  Miles Fisher.  The Bridges. [My side project]  SOLOBOB!

Thanks for taking a few minutes to talk to us.  Any final thoughts for your White City fans?

Love Chicago!!! Best music fans around!!! All I can say is I love playing in Chicago, and it’s always a highlight on tour.

Kayla Zimmerman


Eureka is out June 8, and Rooney will play the House of Blues with Hanson on August 13 (tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster).

Connect with the band on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, and Rooney-Band.com, and follow Robert at his personal Twitter page.

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What’s Happening This Week: April 7-13, 2010

Wednesday, April 7

FREE Columbia College Showcase feat. The Little Giants & Cheney’s Gun (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 8:00 PM, Free

Crime in Stereo w/ Renae & Robbers (all ages) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 7:00 PM, $12

Friends-of-WCN Mos Scocious (21+) @ Tonic Room (2447 N. Halsted), 10:00 PM, $5

Fanfarlo w/ Lawrence Arabia & Robert Francis (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 9:00 PM, $12 adv./$14 doors

Thursday, April 8

Jaguar Love, Boots with Spurs, Cars for Miles, & Pisces at the Animal Fair (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 6:00 PM, $10

wiLd peAKs w/ Sissy Mena, The (Glorious) Teaparty, & Odd Obsession DJ Sets (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 9:00 PM, $5 adv./$8 doors

Lowtalker w/ Chicago Thrash Ensemble, No Enemy!, & Tension Generation (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:30 PM, $8

Bittersweet w/ Friend-of-W(C)N DJ Peroxide @ The Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont), 9:00 PM-4:00 AM, NO COVER!

Friday, April 9

Mr. Blotto & ekoostik hookah (18+) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 8:00 PM, $12

The Fall of Troy w/ Envy on the Coast & Twin Atlantic (all ages) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 7:00 PM, $12

Unique Chique w/ House of Normandie, Hospital Garden, & Secondary Modern (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 9:00 PM, $8

Japandroids w/ Avi Buffalo & Lasers and Fast and Shit (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 10:00 PM, $14

Friends-of-WCN Mos Scocious @ Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley), 8:00 PM, FREE

Saturday, April 10

Flatfoot 56 Record Release Show w/ The Green Room Rockers, Dead Town Revival, & The Scurvies (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 7:00 PM, $10

The Cell Phones w/ I&A, Walter J. Liveharder, Project Mayhem, Cojack, Billah Camp, & DJ Strategy (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 10:00 PM, $7

Foxy Shazam w/ The Young Veins & Bad Rabbits (all ages) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 7:30 PM, $10

Owen Pallett w/ Snowblink (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 10:00 PM, $15

Sunday, April 11

Hacknwheeze w/ Cornmeal, Stone and Hallman, Members of Jack Straw, and more (17+) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 6:30 PM, $10 (free food!)

Shelly Miller w/ Starina, Patrick Gemkow, & Steve Gilpin (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 8:00 PM, $8

Lullabye Arkestra w/ Post Honeymoon (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:00 PM, $8 adv./$10 doors

Clifton Roy & Folk Stringer w/ Nathan Xander & Witchhouse, Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts, & Go Long Mule (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 8:00 PM, $7

Tuesday, April 13

The Rocketz w/ The Honeybees, Pearls Mahone & The One-Eyed Jacks, & Shotgun Gambling (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 6:00 PM, $8

Francis and the Lights w/ Vacations & Sleep Out (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 9:00 PM, $10

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Mos Scocious Lets the Good Times Roll, Chicago Style

Mos Scocious brings their unique mix of sounds to a recent show.

Tucked inside a relatively quiet block in Lincoln Park, a small bar explodes with an upbeat, unique blend of rock, soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and blues at 10PM sharp on the first Wednesday night of every month, courtesy of Chicago’s own Mos Scocious.

This little venue, the Tonic Room, which is about the size of my two-bedroom apartment, is packed with fans of several different walks of life that go crazy when Mos Scocious takes the stage around 11:30. The party is just getting started. Securing a spot by the cozy fireplace, I witness a musical amalgam – rap in one song, slow blues in the next, then a medley of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” and “She Loves You.” People dance, take pictures, and raise their glasses to the music. It’s “First Wednesday,” and everyone is having a good time.

From left: Bradley Butterworth, Rob Dicke, and Josh Rosen

Mos Scocious is comprised of three recent Columbia College grads: Josh Rosen [bass, guitar, vocals], Bradley Butterworth [guitar, bass, vocals], and Rob Dicke [drums], all of whom met in Jazz Performance classes in college. The motivation to form the group came from both inside and outside of the classroom. “Just being amongst talented artists and musicians has inspired us more than any class ever could. However, theory and ear training classes were essential to help turn our inspiration into tangible musical ideas,” Rosen tells me following the show. Those ideas came together in the spring of 2006, and Mos Scocious was born.

I asked Rosen where the name comes from. “It’s a Creole phrase that loosely translates to ‘All-Around Good Time.’” Seems fitting for a group that took its favorite parts of  every genre to create its own, totally unique sound – a sound Rosen says was undoubtedly shaped by Mos Scocious’s beloved home city. “Chicago has not only influenced our sound, but it is our sound. We are inspired by everything the city has to offer. Everything we experience in this city comes out in a small way in our songs.” The band termed its sound “freak-funk” because  “[it’s] the sound from the underground. It’s toe-tappin’, groove-based music that isn’t confined to any musical boundaries.”

Mos Scocious’s eclectic sound is due in          large part to the diversity of the members’ geographic and musical backgrounds. The band says, “Our hometowns are all spread throughout the Midwest. Brad is from just outside of Detroit, MI; he brings the Rock/Fusion/Jam vibe. Josh is from Cleveland Heights, OH, and brings the Motown/Blues/Funk vibe. Rob is from Peoria, IL, [and] he brings the Jazz/Soul/Latin vibe. Put us all together, and it’s a nice little salad with a BIG sound!” The variety of influences comes out in each and every song. Mos Scocious has been known to cover Gnarls Barkley and The Sound of Music and then crank out a fan favorite: a rap called “Garmonbozia,” also known as “The Alligator Song.” When they break into the song at Tonic Room, a fan next to me starts dancing so wildly that he bumps into everyone around him and almost spills his drink.

In addition to First Wednesdays, the trio has several Midwestern and East Coast dates under its belt. After playing numerous other Chicago venues  — the Kinetic Playground, Subterranean, Cubby Bear, Reggie’s, Martyr’s, Gallery Cabaret, and Elbo Room, among others — Mos Scocious recently brought their sound to Minnesota (Rochester), Ohio (Cleveland and Columbus), Illinois (Peoria and DeKalb), Michigan (Flint, Royal Oak, and Rochester), and New York (Binghamton and New York City). They also recorded an LP called Ibble Dabble in 2008.

When the opportunity arose to book a recurring hometown gig, the band accepted. “We were asked by Michael Berg and Jess Blanc of 3D-MAS Productions to play on their Wednesday Night Affair at the Tonic Room about 2 years ago.  There is no place we would rather be on a Wednesday.  It’s a great place to hear live music,” Rosen says.  “For us, it just became a very comfortable place to play.  We were approached by Berg in December to start up a once-a-month residency at Tonic Room in February. We couldn’t have been more excited.”

What else does the future hold for Mos Scocious? Although many students are forced to either drop out of school or give up music to pursue full-time careers after graduation, Mos Scocious is becoming a career for Rosen, Butterworth, and Dicke. Rosen says they’re in it for the long haul. “Our future plans are to make Mos Scocious our full-time job. This includes touring, writing, recording, marketing, living, loving, etc. It will take a lot of sacrifices, but we are up for the challenge and are ready to take over the world!” It sounds to me like they’re going to have a really great time along the way.

Kayla Zimmerman

Check out Mos Scocious on Myspace, Facebook, and  Sonicbids. And catch the band live at Tonic Room on April 7 and May 5 (2447 N. Halsted, 10:00 PM, $5) as well as at Gallery Cabaret on April 9 (2020 N. Oakley, 8:00 PM, Free).

What’s Happening This Week: March 31-April 6, 2010

Wednesday, March 31

Sgt. Westman’s Logan Square Friends Band w/ 7th Street & Warboner (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:30 PM, $8

Kelsey Wild w/ News on the March, Andrea Dawn, & Gia Margaret (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 8:00 PM, $8

Green River Ordinance w/ Vedera & Angel Taylor (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 7:00 PM, $12

Thursday, April 1

Bittersweet w/ Friend-of-W(C)N DJ Peroxide @ The Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont), 9:00 PM-4:00 AM, NO COVER!

The Protomen w/ Super 8 Bit Brothers & Alter Eagle (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:30 PM, $8 adv/$10 doors

From First to Last w/ Eyes Set to Kill, Confide, Black Veil Brides, & Sleeping With Sirens (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 5:00 PM, $12 adv/$14 doors

The Rocket Summer w/ Hot Chelle Rae & Treaty of Paris (all ages) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 6:30 PM, $15

Little Dragon w/ VV Brown & DJ Misa (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 9:00 PM, $12

Friday, April 2

The Methadones w/ Textbook, Love & Squalor, & Burn Tibet (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 9:00 PM, $8

Dillinger Escape Plan w/ Darkest Hour, IWrestledABearOnce, & Animals as Leaders (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 7:00 PM, $16 adv/$18 doors

Jedi Mind Tricks w/ Earatik Statik, Matlock, Verbal Kent, & DJ Scott Evil (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 10:00 PM, $12 adv/$16 doors

High on Fire w/ Priestess, Black Cobra, & Bison B.C. (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 8:00 PM, $18 adv/$20 doors

Saturday, April 3

The Action Blast w/ Artifex Pereo, A Hero Named Hope, & The American Riot (all ages) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 5:30 PM, $8 adv/$10 doors

Head of Skulls! w/ Haymarket Riot & Mt. St. Helens (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 10:30 PM, $8

Diamond Plate w/ Hatchet, Witchaven, & War Saw (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 5:30 PM, $8

Suture Self w/ Meqqa, Komplicator, Sirens in Vein, & Dies Mali (17+) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 10:00 PM, $7 adv/$10 doors

A Lull w/ Suns, Group of Altos, & Young Sun (all ages) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 6:00 PM, $10 adv/$12 doors

The Booze w/ The Biters, The Downtown Struts, & The Non Believers (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 10:45 PM, $8

Xiu Xiu w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal, & Zola Jesus (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 9:00 PM, $12

Sunday, April 4

Weedeater w/ Black Tusk, The Gates of Slumber, Struck by Lightning, Hate, & Lord (17+) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 6:00 PM, $12 adv/$14 doors

Solid Gold w/ Fly Over State (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 8:30 PM, $10

Shearwater w/ Wye Oak & Hospital Ships (21+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 9:00 PM, $12

Monday, April 5

Camera Obscura w/ Princeton (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 8:00 PM, $20

Tuesday, April 6

Creepin Cadavers w/ Johnny Murder and the 25 to Life & The Crank Daddies (17+) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 7:00 PM, $8 adv/$10 doors

Cormega w/ V.I.R.U., Mic Terror, Chuck L.I., & DJ Nurotic on the Tables (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 10:30 PM, $12 adv/$15 doors

The Low Anthem w/ Nathaniel Rateliff (21+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 9:00 PM, $14

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What’s Happening This Week: March 17-23, 2010

Thursday, March 18

Manbirdbelly w/ Paper Airplane Pilots & Satellite 66 (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 8:30 PM, $10

Bittersweet w/ Friend-of-W(C)N DJ Peroxide @ The Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont), 9:00 PM-4:00 AM, NO COVER!

A Benefit for Friends of the Orphans (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:30 PM, $10

Friday, March 19

The Shams Band (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 9:00 PM, $7 adv/$10 doors

Two Star w/ Glittermouse, The Hudson Branch, & Leah Stargazing (all ages) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 6:00 PM, $8

The Sometimes Family w/ Age of Animals & Bakelite Army (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 10:30 PM, $8

Saturday, March 20

New Wave Tribute Show w/ Handsome Devilz and more (18+) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2109 S. State), 10:00 PM, $10

Gold Motel w/ Color Radio & Volcanoes Make Islands (all ages) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 6:30 PM, $10

Luster w/ The Paper Clips & The Bitter Wigs (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 10:30 PM, $8 adv./$10 doors

Scissors w/ The Twilight and the Sound & The Reaganomics (all ages) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 6:00 PM, $8 adv./$10 doors

The Barcait Couture w/ Starter Kit & The Born Ready (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 10:30 PM, $10

Sunday, March 21

H2O w/ The Swellers, The Mongoloids, & The Attack (all ages) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2109 S. State), 5:00 PM, $13

Rabble Rabble w/ The Runnies, Meah!, & Geffika (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 8:30 PM, $8

The Damn Choir w/ Shake Hands With Danger & Ghost In The Graveyard (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:30 PM, $8

Monday, March 22

Hustle Simmons & Kidz In The Hall (18+) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2109 S. State), 9:00 PM, $10

Tuesday, March 23

Diana Lawrence w/ After The Night & The Numbers (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 8:30 PM, $8

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What’s Happening This Week: March 10-16, 2010

Wednesday, March 10

The Gunshy w/ Jared Grabb, The Sky We Scrape, & The Spend (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 North Ave.), 9:00 PM, $8

Fresh Produce Hip-Hop Producer Battle (18+) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2105 S. State), 9:00 PM, $10

Thursday, March 11

Very Truly Yours w/ Summer Cats & City Center (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 North Ave.), 9:00 PM, $8

A Modern Love Story’s LAST CHICAGO SHOW EVER (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:00 PM, $8

Koku Gonza w/ DJ Shannon & Blah Blah Blah (18+) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2105 S. State), 8:00 PM, $8

Friday, March 12

Vivian Girls w/ Male Bonding & The Alright Alreadies (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 North Ave.), 9:30 PM, $12

Pelican w/ Pinebender & Follows (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 9:30 PM, $12 adv. $14 door

Curren$y w/ Mikkey Halsted, etc. (18+) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2105 S. State), 8:00 PM, $20

FutureRetro w/ DJ Peroxide (21+) @ Lucky Number Grill (1931 N. Milwaukee), 9:00 PM, $5

Saturday, March 13

Harvey Milk w/ Coalesce & The Atlas Moth (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 North Ave.), 9:30 PM, $13 adv. $15 door

Family of the Year w/ The Help Desk & The Queen Killing Kings (all ages) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 7:00 PM, $10

Zola Jesus w/ Beau Wanzer & Fielded (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 10:30 PM, $8

Sunday, March 14

Howlin Tumbleweeds w/ The Canoes, The Earth is a Man, & Slowhawks (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 North Ave.), 8:00 PM, $10

Zephuros w/ Ben Keeler, Katie & Pat, & Steven Gilpin (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 7:30 PM, $8

Tuesday, March 16

Arma w/ Outernational, Chester, & Bullet Called Life (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 North Ave.), 7:30 PM, $8

Black Dahlia Murder w/ Obscura, Augury, & Hatesphere (all ages) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2105 S. State), 5:00 PM, $13

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To Understand House Music, One Must Be Fearless

Fearless Radio's logo, courtesy of http://www.myspace.com/fearlessradio

Have you ever gone to a club or party and wondered what joyous experience you just shared with a complete stranger on the middle of a dance floor with a beautiful Chicago House music-driven backdrop?  Human beings are social – engaging in music is our necessary relief from monotony.  Helping to combat that monotony are Fearless Radio host DJ Ozmosis, co-host DJ Mad, and event coordinator Sweet P, who work together every Wednesday night from 7-10 PM to bring the city of Chicago the freshest DJs and the newest in house music streamed live from their West Loop studio.

According to its website, Fearless Radio is “a world-wide, Chicago based internet radio station.”  FearlessRadio.com was founded in the summer of 2004 by Patrick Oliver.  The online radio station began as an experiment using technology and live broadcasting. The vision for Fearless is to bring independent artists closer to their audience on a daily basis.  The Fearless House show engages with listeners every Wednesday night live to try to bring the latest in house music.  The station gives DJs a voice that allows the Chicago house audience to experience more variety in the nightlife scene.

Live on Fearless House Radio

DJ Ozmosis DJs every Wednesday Night on Fearless House Radio

DJ Ozmosis (a.k.a Oscar Garcia) has been DJing with Fearless Radio for two years.  He started learning about house music ten years ago from his older brothers, one of which attended UIC.  Ozmosis and his brothers started out with mix-tapes from harder House such as Bad Boy Bill, Derek Carter, progressive house, Latin house and Chicago’s very own jack-n house music.  After buying their own turntables, they started doing most of their vinyl research at Gramaphone Records, located on Clark St. in Chicago.

According to DJ Ozmosis, “DJs live double lives; it’s like being a super hero.”  DJs tend to have many employers and are highly active with social media in order to remain new and fresh.  “DJing is all about researching [new music],” says  Ozmosis,  who graduated from the International Academy of Design & Technology with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts. Education is an important part of being a DJ because it helps them advance and perfect their skills to get ahead in the competitive industry. During the day, Ozmosis works his as a Program Assistant for special education at an elementary school in Cicero, Chicago.  At night, he puts his “cape” on and researches, spins, and experiments with new music for his show, Fearless House Radio.

As a recent student and a current educator, Ozmosis has learned to develop his online communication skills, which has benefited his “night job” as well. The internet has become a great networking tool for DJs.  “Because of the internet, DJing has become both easier to reach fans and harder because of event planning; this can segregate the fan base.”  There are so many DJs in the business that it is harder to get so many good DJs all at one event.

Fearless House Radio stays up to date on DJs and upcoming events in Chicago.  They focus on bringing House Heads closer together with the best DJs and freshest house music, and their fans know that house music events are guaranteed great times.  The station is a great source for Chicagoans to use when it comes to finding the latest and best in house music.  Check out Fearless House Radio every Wednesday with DJ Ozmosis, DJ Mad, and Sweet P to support local talent and to try something a little different.

Click here to see a video featuring Fearless House DJs

Isaura Salinas

Fearless Radio is also available on Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter!