Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar along w/ Full Spectrum’s very own Luis Gabriel Aguilera presents:
HURRAY FOR THE MIXTAPE!
Thursday, June 23rd – 9pm -2am – Free, no cover
Hosted by Luis Gabriel Aguilera
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, Il. 60608, 773-890-0588
The DJ mixtape has induced quite a bit of dreaming in some. Full Spectrum is happy to supply an evening’s worth of such music for what has already become a legendary spot in Chicago which provides you with some of the best beer in town, unique craft brews, phenomenal cocktails by superb mixologists, boutique whiskey, gin and vodka spirits, and a warm and eclectic vibe – a place simply known to many as “Maria’s.” Below you’ll find what Luis has in mind for the night.
Thursty, June 23rd: Luis Gabriel Aguilera ::: Full Spectrum :::: Chicago –
For the last 25 years, Luis has been collecting electronic music in vinyl, tape, CD, and digital form, with a focus on electronic dance music such as HI-NRG, Italo Disco, early House, Industrial, New Wave, House, Techno, Tech House, Drum ‘n Bass, Trance , Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Goa and so forth. He’s had one foot in the analogue world and one foot in the digital world – and what an audio ride it’s been!
The story goes that his father bought him his first cassette tape which included Newcleus’ “Jam on It” in the summer of 1984 in Chicago’s Maxwell Street Flea market right after Luis first heard the song and watched a group of Chicago breakers (on a flattened cardboard box) “poppin'” “lockin'” and “spinnin'” to the electrified beat. Finding that nothing else quite awakened his son like the sounds of electronic music, Luis’ father encouraged the boy by afterward regularly purchasing for him a 10-pack cassette box set to record whatever he liked. And late into the night Luis went on and did just, recording DJ sets from Armando Rivera’s (a.k.a. “The Puerto Rican Casanova”) “Saturday Night Ain’t No Jive Chicago Dance Party” mix show on the legendary radio station 102.7 FM WBMX, eventually landing him in vinyl junkie heaven: Loop Records and Importes Etc. where he would put in his hours to amass his current wax collection and begin his DJ artistry by simply listening to the coolest sounds of the underground and the wise advice of the older generation there. (Oh, how he made his mother wonder when he would return home late at night on his Kent banana seat bike on a Saturday night.)
In the 90s, Luis discovered the rave scene (or, shall we say, the rave scene discovered him), and having already started a mixtape collection of 60 or 90-minute DJ sets from various Chicago DJ artists representing various genres, including the Hot Mix Five DJs (Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Mickey “Mixin'” Oliver, Scott “Smokin'” Silz, Ralphi Rosario, and Kenny “Jammin'” Jason) or local community sensations like Luis Segura, Victor Lua, Raphael “Ito” Garcia, and Mario “Live It Up” Luna, Luis added to the mixtape collection when he began producing raves from the ground up and would travel across the Midwestern States and sometimes to places as far away as New Orleans and Toronto, promoting his events and vending DJ mixes under his Full Spectrum label, as well as trading tapes and DJ sets on CD with other vendors such as JJ of Untranslatable or Matt Massive of Massive Magazine, then later on trading with Ken of Pure Acid Mixtapes out of Los Angeles.
For, Thursday, June 23d, Luis will be showcasing some of his favorite DJ mixtapes for the night – some chopped up early recordings, some professional quality doings, but all part of the dance music industry’s building blocks (and just maybe, one of his own earliest takes). Make sure to bring YOUR open ears and those packaged goods. As any DJ will tell you, a mixtape can land you in a lot of unexpected places.
The mixtape is dead! Long live the mixtape!
* Buy Luis a drink @ the bar for $6 and receive a sealed Full Spectrum mixtape – a genuine artifact of times now gone!
The Machine for the Evening: TASCAM 302 Double Auto Reverse Cassette Deck (“Mr. T” to Luis)
This bad boy has built-in Dolby HX Pro sound technology which extends frequency response and minimizes distortion on Normal, Metal or CrO2 tape. The 302 allows for fine adjustment of high frequency response and possesses Dolby B and C noise reduction. Frequency response: 25 Hz to 20 kHz using high quality Metal tape.
The unit consists of two fully independent cassette decks housed in one 3U rack-mountable enclosure. Both decks have independent sets of interface connectors, transport control keys, noise reduction functions, and more, capable of recording both independently or simultaneously. With Control I/O and Cascade, the 302 can link with up to ten additional machines. Mr. T may be older, but who messes with Mr. T? I pity the fool!
“Wisdom is not obtained with the discovery of self-indulgent delectation at the turn of each page. Wisdom is obtained when one is willing to endure with humor and compassion a slight bruising of the ego, moving ahead by correcting whatever faulty notions and formulas to life have been accumulated over time, remembering and recognizing what has been good all along. Otherwise, the beast within remains the same. And what a bore that is.”
~ Luis Gabriel Aguilera